Ronald Blair (born January 21, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Appalachian State University.

Ronald Blair
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Blair with the 49ers in 2016
No. 98 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-23) January 23, 1993 (age 27)
Arlington, Virginia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Greene County
(Greensboro, Georgia)
College:Appalachian State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • Second Team All-Sun Belt (2014)[1]
  • First Team All-Sun Belt (2015)
  • Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:86
Sacks:13.5
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early lifeEdit

Blair was born in Greensboro, Georgia and attended Greene County High School, where he played football. In 2010, he was named the Georgia Region 4-AA Defensive Player of the Year.[2]

College careerEdit

Blair played college football at Appalachian State University from 2011-2015. In 2015, Blair was named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year, first-team all-conference honoree. In the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, he forced a fumble and returned it 20 yards in the Mountaineers 31–29 victory over the Ohio Bobcats.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of Appalachian State, analysts had Blair projected to be drafted anywhere from the third to sixth round. He was ranked the thirteenth best defensive end out of the 171 available by NFLDraftScout.com. Blair was invited to the NFL Combine and performed all the drills. He injured his quad on his first 40-yard dash attempt. At Appalachian State's Pro Day, he was able to successfully improve on all his numbers, except the shuttle, but chose not to redo his bench press or 3-cone drill. He improved his 40-yard dash from 5.18 to 4.85, his 20-yard from 2.96 to 2.81, his 10-yard from 1.74 to 1.63, his vertical from 30 inches to 33.5 inches, and broad jump from 9'5" to 9'11".[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 18 in
(1.88 m)
284 lb
(129 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
5.15 s 1.74 s 2.96 s 4.53 s 7.95 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
32 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

Blair was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft.[6] On November 27, 2016, Blair got his first career sack on Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. He ended his rookie season playing in all 16 games, recording 16 tackles and three sacks.

On September 3, 2017, Blair was placed on injured reserve.[7] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 4, 2017.[8]

On November 13, 2019, Blair was placed on injured reserve after he tore his ACL in a Week 10 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UL Lafayette's McGuire Headlines All-Sun Belt Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners". www.sunbeltsports.org. Sun Belt Conference. December 10, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b http://www.appstatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205238240
  3. ^ "Ronald Blair, DS #13 DE, Appalachian State: 2016 NFL Draft". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Ronald Blair". nfl.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Combine workout: Ronald Blair". nfl.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  6. ^ Price, Taylor (April 30, 2016). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Appalachian State DL Ronald Blair". 49ers.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "49es Claim DL Xavier Cooper off Waivers, Sign 8 Players to Practice Squad". 49ers.com. September 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "49ers Announce Roster Moves". 49ers.com. November 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "49ers Sign DL Damontre Moore; Place DL Ronald Blair III on Injured Reserve". 49ers.com. November 13, 2019.

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