Photo of Ronald Blair
Drafted By: 49ers
  • Round 5
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 142

Combine Results

Grade
5.44 ?
  • 5.15 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The 49ers' have loaded up on their 34 front. Blair was a highly productive 4 year starter on the Mountaineers' odd front and brings edge setting ability along with the athleticism to shoot gaps on passing downs. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 284LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Blair was a second-team all-state pick in Georgia, but ended up at App. State instead of the SEC -– to the chagrin of the Mountaineers’ opponents. In his first three full years on the field (he missed most of 2013 with a thumb injury), he’s been an all-conference pick (two years in the FCS-level Southern Conference, 2014 in the Sun Belt) racking up 33 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. Blair finished his career by winning the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year (70 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks), lining up outside and inside to take advantage of presented mismatches.

Analysis

Strengths

Flashes some polish in his game. Comes out of track stance and fires into blockers with knee bend and good pad level. Uses leverage and tremendous power at the point of attack to rock offensive linemen who let their pads get too high. Able to set a strong edge. Attacks and stresses the seam of double team blocks with power in his legs. His coaches rave about his leadership and work in the film room. Good lateral quickness with his feet and is very effective as a pass rusher in twists up front. Accelerates down the line to squeeze cutback lanes against the run. Bodies up and drives his legs through his tackles making sure running backs feel it. Has effective arm-­over as his go-­to move. Good length with big hands for his size. Can generate a quality bull rush.

Weaknesses

Shorter than teams would like at the defensive end spot. Lacks the overall agility and athleticism to play standing up. Carries some bad weight around the midsection. Could improve his overall conditioning. Very little edge presence as a pass rusher. Unlikely to become a one­-on-­one winner as a pass rusher on the next level. Despite playing with knee bend out of snap, allows his pads level to get too high at times and can be knocked off balance as pass rusher.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Highly decorated four­-year starter who capped off a successful career by being named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. He doesn’t have the ability as a pass rusher to excite NFL teams, but his strength at the point of attack and quality tape against Clemson this past season should not be discounted. Blair is an undersized, rotational base ­end in a 4­-3 who might be able to add extra weight and get a look inside as a three-­technique thanks to his toughness and strength.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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