Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster had an awkward moment Thursday night. After sliding all the way down to end of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Alabama linebacker had a pair of suitors.
While the Seahawks were on the clock with the 31st pick, Foster received a phone call from the Saints, who told Foster they were going to pick him with the 32nd overall pick. But while his girlfriend, a Louisiana native, was speaking with the Saints, Foster got another call from the 49ers.
The Niners had traded with the Seahawks to move back into the first round to pick the All-American linebacker with the 31st pick. An embarrassed Foster told the story Friday during his introductory press conference at the 49ers facility. As he laughed along with the rest of the room, Foster put his head down in shame when he admitted that he never told the Saints what happened and, instead, just hung up the phone.
The 6-foot, 230-pound Foster led the Crimson Tide last season with 115 tackles, 13 for loss, and had five sacks.
After the Seahawks traded down from 26 to 31 so Atlanta could move up to take UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley Thursday in Philadelphia, the 49ers made a deal with the Seahawks to pick the Alabama linebacker — their second first-round pick of the evening.
The Seahawks, who got an additional third- and seventh-round pick from the Falcons, will pick 34th overall on Friday and have San Francisco’s fourth-round pick (111th overall) on Saturday.
The Saints ended up picking Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk at 32. At least now they know why their phone call with Foster ended so abruptly.