The 49’ers drafting of Joe Staley has paid off already, as the first round selection this past April has been named as the teams starting right tackle. Staley won the job away from Kwame Harris. “Joe Staley has been named the starting right tackle today,” coach Mike Nolan said in a statement released by the team late in the afternoon. “Starting positions on our team are earned. Nobody is handed a starting role.”
The 28th pick of the April Draft from Central Michigan has been solid from the day he came into camp, and has done well in pass blocking drills, enough so that the team is confident he can do the job at right tackle. “Both Joe and Kwame had outstanding camps,” Nolan said. “It was a very close competition. Joe was more consistent. That is the reason for the decision.”
Harris might now have to find work elsewhere, as it’s undecided if the 49’ers will keep the 4-year vet around after he found out about the news. He is in the final year of his contract, and the team may just release him in order for him to be able to find work elsewhere. Harris, 6-foot-7 and 322 pounds, started the last 32 regular-season games for the 49ers at right tackle.