For the year, Foster recorded 115 tackles, including 13 for loss, five sacks, and two passes defended. He was a force against the run, clamping down on opposing ball-carriers in Alabama’s historic season of defensive dominance.
Foster is the latest in a long and fairly successful list of Alabama linebackers selected in the early rounds, a group which includes Reggie Ragland, C.J. Mosley, Dont’a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, Rolando McClain, and DeMeco Ryans.
But Foster, a unanimous All-American and Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate linebacker, might be the best of the bunch.
While both Jack and Weddle were relegated to single defensive positions in the NFL, McCaffrey’s versatility is unlikely to go to waste. He told reporters in March that NFL teams told him they would like to put his diverse skill set to use.
“It’s basically the same stuff I’ve been doing at Stanford,” McCaffrey said at the NFL Combine. “Something I really pride myself on is not just being a running back that can catch the ball but if I move out to the slot, I become a receiver. If I move out to X or Z, I become a receiver and not just a running back. I really try to pride myself on route running, catching, and being able to be a mismatch anywhere on the field.”
And McCaffrey already plans on being one of the most-used players in the NFL.
“I definitely believe I can be an every-down back and a specialist, do them both at the same time.”
The Niners are essentially devoid of talent on both sides of the ball. Foster Cheap USA Basketball Jerseys would have probably gone much earlier in the first round had the combine issue and the diluted sample not caused his stock to plummet before the draft. As long as he can stay healthy and the off-field concerns don’t interfere, he should be a quality addition for a San Francisco defense that needs it.