The surgically repaired shoulder that troubled some teams so much they took Reuben Foster off their draft boards is apparently just fine.
The San Francisco 49ers weren’t concerned about the shoulder and potentially landed a top-three player with the 31st overall pick in the draft. Head coach Kyle Shanahan, speaking to reporters Wednesday, expressed confidence in Foster’s health.
“I think he’ll be more than ready,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday on the final day of the 49ers’ two-day minicamp, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area.
Originally thought to be a lock as a top-five pick, Foster’s shoulder proved to be a problem, as we noted. It was also reported that the surgery he had “didn’t take.”
On top of that, he went off on a tirade at a hospital worker at the combine while he stood in line for his medical check. So his draft stock took a huge tumble.
The 49ers were enamored with the hard-hitting, sideline-to-sideline former Alabama star, however, and leaped at the chance to snag him at the bottom of Round 1. Time will tell if that gamble will pay off or blow up in the face of rookie general manager John Lynch.