Not a bad first day for the 49ers and greenhorn GM John Lynch‘s inaugural Draft. Lynch netted two defensive studs who should start immediately and provide needed improvement to the D-line pass rush (Solomon Thomas) and the ILB spot alongside NaVorro Bowman (Reuben Foster) that has been a glaring vacancy since Patrick Willis retired after the 2014 season.
We’ll assume for the nonce that Lynch won’t get the fat head and blow the rest of the draft. We’ll also assume that the dead last defense the Niners fielded in 2016 will be significantly improved this coming season. With three number one picks on the D-line now, how can it not improve? The only question is how much?
After waiting through the entire second round, the 49ers finally took CB Ahkello Witherspoon with the second pick of round three. They had the third pick (from the Bears), but promptly traded it to the Saints for a second round pick next year.
The New Orleans fans might be scratching their heads more than we are, though. The Saints used the pick they got from the Niners to draft an RB. Nothing wrong with that, except they already had Mark Ingram and last week signed Adrian Peterson. RB was anything but a position of need.
Next year, we’ll no doubt be happy to have that extra second rounder, but this year, IMHO, it would have been nice to draft an extra third round player. Which Lynch did eventually, by trading back into the bottom of the third to draft QB C.J. Beathard out of Iowa, a guy not even mentioned on NJ49er’s draft list.
After all the wheeling and dealing, the Niners now have left for Saturday one 4th round pick, two fifths, two sixths, and a seventh.
On the final day of the Draft, Lynch picked six guys who all played different positions — a RB, TE, WR, DT, LB, and CB. Nobody had a torn ACL to recover from and none of them had beaten a woman to a pulp.
Most observers, both local and national, seemed to look kindly on Lynch’s first draft. Of course, we won’t know for a year or two just how many of these ten total picks can play in the NFL. But for now, I suppose we can just applaud our new team and hope for the best.