The 49ers would love to trade down, but there aren’t any teams looking to move up. Thomas is a bit of a reach on our board, but he’ll be a long-time NFL player with great pass rush upside. There’s also a real chance this selection is Mitchell Trubisky … if the Redskins trade their current QB for this pick.
The second overall pick is too early for the Niners to force a quarterback solution, so here, they simply go for the next freakish edge player on the board. Thomas’ stock has risen as more have gotten wind of his jaw-dropping combination of size and agility. They now realize he’s more scheme- and alignment-proof and has “next J.J. Watt” potential.
During his time as the Steelers owner, Rooney served on the board of directors for the NFL Trust Fund, NFL Films, and the scheduling committee. Rooney was also the chairman of the NFL’s expansion committee that added Seattle and Tampa Bay to the league in 1976.
“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years.
“Dan’s dedication to the game, to the players and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans everywhere was unparalleled. He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart. For my part, Dan’s Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable. My heart goes out to Patricia, Art, and the Baseball Jerseys Cheap entire Rooney family on the loss of this extraordinary man.”