SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers continued to make moves to bolster their defensive line Saturday with the fifth-round selection of defensive tackle Quinton Dial of Alabama.
Dial, who visited the 49ers in the pre-draft process, said he believes the 49ers are a good fit for him because of his ability to play multiple spots on the defensive line.
"I think San Francisco is a great place for me," Dial said. "I'm really excited and blessed with the opportunity to be on a great team."
Position: Defensive line
Height/weight: 6 foot 5, 318 pounds
College career: Dial committed to Alabama out of high school, but he did not qualify academically and first enrolled at East Mississippi Community College. He returned to Alabama as a junior and played in 12 games, starting one, making 24 tackles, three for loss, and one sack. In his senior year, Dial recorded 21 tackles (five for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
Scouting report: Versatile athletic defensive lineman who plays on the nose, three-technique and five-technique spots on either side of the line. Did not have many starts in his college career.
How he fits: Dial should be able to compete for a role as a rotation player for the 49ers. His value to the 49ers because of his ability to play anywhere on the three-man line. The 49ers added Cornellius "Tank" Carradine on Friday because of his versatility, too. But Dial fits more at nose tackle, where he should be able to compete against Ian Williams for the backup job behind presumptive starter Glenn Dorsey.
In his words: "I think I fit in pretty good with it. I'm a versatile defensive lineman who can play multiple positions. In any situation, wherever they need me, I'll come in and work hard and do what I can to help the team."
--Quinton Dial on how he can help the 49ers.