Home Sports 49ers John Lynch seeks ‘cornerstone’ or trade at No. 2

49ers John Lynch seeks ‘cornerstone’ or trade at No. 2

9 min read
0
0
62



	
				
			49ers John Lynch seeks ‘cornerstone’ or trade at No. 2

Inside the John McVay Draft Room upstairs at the 49ers headquarters, flat-screen televisions and projector screens adorn the four, window-less walls. Grades of some 200 draft prospects are hidden behind a screen. This is where the 49ers future will be decided via this week’s draft. 

New general manager John Lynch invited the media into that previously off-limits bunker Monday to brief them on, well, not the 49ers’ top-secret plans but more so their general philosophies.

“If you just be transparent, that’s sometimes the best poker you can play,” Lynch said. “That’s what I’ll try to do. I’ll always keep the best interest of the team.

“There’s not going to be a whole lot of shenanigans coming from us. That’s how we’ve operated the first couple months and how we plan to operate moving forward.”

Lynch did not divulge what the 49ers will do with the No. 2 overall draft pick, nor does he know for sure. The 49ers continue to field calls from prospective trade partners. No deal is imminent.

“We’re going to listen right up ’till draft day,” Lynch said. “Otherwise we are going to take a player at (No.) 2 that we feel is a cornerstone for this franchise for years to come and we’ll be very passionate about that pick and player.”

A NFL Media report earlier Monday indicated the 49ers were “seriously considering” a quarterback at No. 2, most likely North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky. Yes, that is a possibility, Lynch said without truly confirming that or any other pre-draft report.

“There are a lot of assumptions being made, and I feel real confident those are exactly that — assumptions — because nothing has left this building,” Lynch responded to that report. “It’s that time of year, so there are going to be a lot more until it’s go time on Thursday.”

Lynch, however, noted that he and his personnel staff will spend the next day sifting through media members’ mock drafts, acknowledging that not only do reporters get their information from NFL staff but also vice versa. Lynch especially praised NFL Network draft analysis Mike Mayock.

Three months into the job and his first foray into NFL personnel, Lynch looks and feels like he’s caught up, with mere days to spare before his first draft. Said Lynch: “Just last night, I finally got to the point … I always knew as a player like, ‘OK, I’m ready.’ That moment was yesterday for me. I’m ready to go on this thing, and that’s a good feeling.”

Lynch, despite his star status as a player and later Fox Sports broadcaster, is keeping his ego in check. He repeatedly insisted how the draft, like all matters, is a collaborative effort with new coach Kyle Shanahan. And Lynch praised the “invaluable” contributions of personnel lieutenants Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew.

Lynch said his draft strategy should resemble the aggressiveness of not only his former playing style as a Pro Bowl safety but also Shanahan’s play-calling attitude.

“You can’t play scared, in life and in this league in particular,” Lynch said. “You’ve got to play smart but you can’t play scared. I hope that’s a quality you’ll see from us, that we’re never going to do things because they’re safe.

“We’ll try to do things because they are smart and well thought out. If you’re doing things because you’re scared, you’re already behind the 8-ball. When I think of Kyle Shanahan, at least me, I think of someone smart, intelligent but aggressive. That’s how we want to act in this draft as well.”

— The 49ers have not yet decided whether to pick up defensive back Jimmie Ward’s 2018 option. Lynch said that is not an indictment on Ward. The deadline is May 3 for teams to move on the fifth-year options of 2014 first-round draft picks.

— Only three weeks ago, the 49ers changed their pre-draft grading system to those similarly used in New England, Denver and Atlanta, Lynch said.

— The 49ers begin a three-day minicamp Tuesday. “You’re allowed this with a new regime and we’ll take advantage of it, to get a look real quick,” Lynch said. “Whether or not it changes our mind on anything, you’d hate not to give guys an opportunity to show what they’re doing.”

— As Lynch and his staff analyze mock drafts from assorted media, he’ll put more stock into those from “reputable” analysts. One high on his list is NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. “I’ll tell you one thing, not to give guys plug, Mike Mayock, that sucker, every pro day I was at he was at. He’s out there doing the work. Someone showing up and doing the work, you tend to listen to those guys a little more.”

 

Load More Related Articles
Load More By Angelina Scott
Load More In Sports

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Kurtenbach: The 49ers’ biggest need was exposed against Tennessee

Highlights   ABOVE: Cam Inman and Dieter Kurtenbach talk about the 49ers’ …