Coming into the draft relatively thin on the defensive line with the losses of Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois, the 49ers needed to position.
Alabama's Quinton Dial becomes the third front-seven player the 49ers have added, joining Cornellius Carradine and Corey Lemonier.
With the versatility to play the nose and five technique in a 3-4 scheme. And at 6-5 and 318 pounds, Dial becomes one of the team's biggest defensive lineman.
Academics forced Dial to go to East Mississippi Community College before joining Nick Saban's talented defense. There, he made 46 total tackles (eight for loss) and 2.5 sacks.
Trent Baalke continued to add potential depth to the team's front seven by taking the Crimson Tide's Quinton Dial with the 24th pick in the fifth round.