49ers have big need to supplement their edge rushers
- San Francisco finished 27th in PFF’s pass-rush grades in 2016.
- With a pair of promising, young interior pass-rushers in DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, most of that deficiency has fallen on the 49ers’ edge defenders.
- Among the 140 edge defenders with at least 75 pass-rush snaps in 2016, none of the four qualifying 49ers – Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Aaron Lynch, and Cornellius Carradine – ranked higher than 76th in pass-rush grade.
- New general manager John Lynch should have numerous opportunities to address this problem in the 2017 NFL Draft, with a whopping 20 edge defenders in the top 100 on the PFF Big Board.