John Lynch reportedly paid compliment Monday to the incoming class of NFL quarterbacks currently under scrutiny ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.
“As I started to study these guys, I thought they were getting a bad rap,” the 49ers general manager told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. “They each have reasons why maybe people think they shouldn’t go (No.) 2.”
Many mock draft experts have made a case for Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas to be taken second by San Francisco. (Thomas, however, is seeking the No. 1 selection)
In his comments to Wyche, Lynch mentioned Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina and shared that DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame made a strong impression on him in an interview with the 49ers at the scouting combine.
“In Trubisky’s case, he’s only started 13 games, but you turn on the tape with each of them, and they have redeeming qualities that make you say, ‘Wow, this guy would be a part of it,’” Lynch added. “We’re evaluating them and we’ll continue to do so.”
Presumably, “it” would be the completion of San Francisco’s so-called Quest for Six (Super Bowl wins). A step along that path for Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan is a long-term solution at QB.
“One of the first things Kyle and I talked about (is) you’ve got to have a franchise quarterback,” Lynch said. “We know that, we’re in search of it, and we’re looking at every avenue to try and get that.