Four years ago, Joshua Garnett became the first true freshman to start on Stanford's offensive line since Kirk Chambers in 2000. He didn't look back. Garnett became one of the best guards in all of college football. Last season, Garnett was a consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy. The 49ers traded up and drafted Garnett in the first round in this years draft at pick 28. Garnett is now officially staying in the Bay Area as he signed a four year deal with the 49ers.
The Niners had major offensive line struggles last season, giving up over 50 sacks which was a major reason why starting Quarterback Colin Kaepernik was riddled with injuries. Garnett will add much needed depth for the Niners offensive line and will compete for a starting job. I will miss seeing Garnett playing for Stanford, but I look forward to seeing what he can become in the NFL.