The Atlanta Falcons on Monday placed defensive end Takkarist McKinley on waivers after a disappointing start to his fourth NFL season. While McKinley hasn’t lived up to his billing as a first-round pick, he’s the type of player the 49ers should be looking to add in their search for pass rush depth on the edge.
San Francisco has had trouble finding players who offer viable options as outside rushers since Dee Ford and Nick Bosa both went down early in the season. The solution to this point has been to add former early draft picks and putting them in positions to best take advantage of the talent that made them highly-touted prospects. Dion Jordan has struggled this season. Ezekiel Ansah lasted only a couple games before a season-ending biceps tear, and former Jets third-round pick Jordan Willis recently joined the club via trade.