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Stanford's Garnett goes to 49ers as 28th pick in NFL Draft

 

Stanford offensive lineman Joshua Garnett was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Garnett was the 28th pick of the round.

Garnett is Stanford's latest first-round pick and 22nd in program history.

"Being at Stanford the last four years, I get to hear that, 'Hey, I get to stay about a twenty minute drive down the 101.' I couldn't be more excited," Garnett said Friday. "My parents have been longtime 49er fans and I'm just happy to get this opportunity with the organization."

A native of Puyallup, Wash., the offensive guard was consensus first team All-America in 2015, only the ninth in school history. He was the program's first Outland Trophy winner as the nation's top interior lineman, and won the Morris Trophy, presented to the Pac-12 Lineman of the Year.

Garnett is a human biology major who wants to become a trauma surgeon after his playing career, and served as Cardinal team captain in 2015. He started all 14 games at left guard, helping pave the way for record-setting running back and AP Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey.

"I've always wanted to be a 49er," Garnett said. "We have rookie minicamp on Thursday, so as soon as possible I'm ready to get to work."

As a junior, Garnett started 13 games on a line ranked 18th nationally in tackles for loss (4.62/game) and 42nd in sacks allowed (1.77/game).

During his sophomore campaign, Garnett started all 14 games at left guard and in jumbo packages. The group helped Stanford rank 22nd in rushing offense (207.4 yards/game), 11th in sacks allowed (1.14/game), and seventh in tackles for loss allowed (4.14/game).

He was one of three freshmen to start on the offensive line, along with Kyle Murphy and Andrus Peat, the most since 2000. Garnett appeared in all 14 games.

— Stanford Athletics

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