Saturday, April 28, 2012

49ers Select Wake Forest G Joe Looney

About an hour after they were expected to select a player in the fourth round, the 49ers did so: Guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest.
En route to him, the 49ers made three trades, moving down twice (and acquiring five picks along the way) before moving up to Detroit’s slot at 117th overall. The 49ers gave up their original fourth-round pick (125th overall) and a sixth-round choice (No. 196) they acquired in an earlier trade with the Dolphins.
Looney is 6-foot-3, 318 pounds. He met with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at the Scouting Combine. They watched film and talked background, Looney said.
Looney said he’s trained with former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry in January in Atlanta. “I expect him to be a great mentor for me,” Looney said.
Although he lined up primarily at left guard at Wake Forest, he says he’d be comfortable moving to right guard, where the 49ers lacked depth after the departures of Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal in free agency.
“I’ve always been a physical player,” Looney said. “I love run blocking. I’m just a hard worker. Every day I’m going to come out and work hard.”
He played center at Senior Bowl; center and left tackle at Lake Worth (Fla.) High School.

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