49ers select OT Bykowski with 246th overall pick

April 27, 2013, 4:15 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers used a seventh-round pick, No. 246 overall, to select offensive tackle Carter Bykowski of Iowa State.

Position: Offensive tackle
School: Iowa State
Height/weight: 6 foot 6 7/8, 306 pounds
College career: Bykowski entered college as a tight end, and he has played both side of the offensive line. He played right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior. He was named All-Big 12 honorable mention as a senior.
Scouting report: His versatility is a strength, as he can play both sides of the offensive line equally well. He was not invited to the NFL scouting combine, but he impressed at his pro day and former NFL executive Gil Brandt of NFL.com said he could be drafted as high as the fourth round.
How he fits: The 49ers' top backup behind left tackle Joe Staley and right tackle Anthony Davis last season was actually right guard Alex Boone. The 49ers wanted to fill a need at "swing tackle," and Bykowski has an opportunity to be that guy. If Bykowski develops then, the 49ers can leave Boone at right guard if there's a reason to call on the backup for either tackle position.
In his words: "It was a transition, for sure. I had to put a bunch of weight on. But it wasn't as hard as you may think. I was a blocking tight end from the get-go. I love blocking. I love the physical nature of the trenches, and I figured I'd play more as an O-lineman, and that's what I did."
--Carter Bykowski on his transition to the offensive line