‘Who is that guy?’ 49ers executive fell for Foster last year

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May 18, 2017 - 3:44pm
Last year, when he was preparing for the draft as part of the Broncos’ front office, 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters was studying video of Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. Ragland, the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was selected No. 41 overall by the Bills last year. “This guy (Foster) is running past (Ragland) on every single play and making it,” Peters said. [...] for Peters, who has served as general manager John Lynch’s right-hand man, Foster was his so-called “draft crush.” “I’m not going to take John’s (draft crush) because I liked Reuben Foster, too, and I guess he gets first pick,” Peter said, laughing. … A Butkus Award winner and unanimous first-team All-American, Foster had 115 tackles last year and was also named the SEC Championship Game MVP. His tumble to No. 31 was partly tied to concerns about a shoulder that required surgery before the combine and reportedly could require a follow-up procedure (Lynch has said the 49ers think a second surgery won’t be necessary). Foster was dismissed from the combine after arguing with a hospital employee and he tested positive for a diluted urine sample, which the NFL counts as a failed drug test. [...] I think he’s going to make the right decisions.

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