In a surprising development (at least to me) the 49ers are giving the starting right guard position to Alex Boone. At least at the start of training camp. On the face of things, it’s a reward for all the hard work Boone has put in as a 3rd team guy who came in soft and directionless. He dedicated himself to getting in shape, and he impressed the new regime with his fitness and attitude coming into the abbreviated camp last year. To me, though, he is nowhere near the prototypical RG. Right guards are usually road-grader types. Usually in the 320-330 lb range. Boone is 6’8, 300 lb. Not your typical RG. Chilly Rachal may not have been the answer, but his size is what is the norm for the position (6’5″, 325 lb).
The Walsh/McKittrick model of smaller, faster linemen had its time and place, and there are still teams implementing that strategy, but 6’8″? I’d think he needs to be extremely strong to be able to handle the position. O line is all about leverage, and as a taller guy, it would seem kinda easy to get leverage on him. It’s all about getting low and either driving forward for the run or holding the point in pass pro. Curious at best. Joe Looney looks to be the starter at some point soon, but he’s not cleared to work yet due to offseason foot surgery. Kilgore is working at C in Goodwin’s absence, so as of now Boone is the right guard. With all the talk in camp of Harbaugh looking to give guys different jobs for flexibility’s sake (Tukafu as backup FB, Staley/Soap/Dobbs at TE, ) one would think the 6’8″ guy would be a BIG target at WR. Red zone target? Sure, why not . . . ?