By all accounts, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are co-existing in pleasant harmony. So were Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke in 2011, their first year together. Then Baalke delivered Harbaugh a 2012 draft class that was worthless. End of harmony.
It’s highly unlikely that will happen to Lynch and Shanahan in their second year. Baalke used his first two picks in 2012 on a couple of small offensive guys who were supposed to be playmakers. They weren’t. And Baalke’s inability to draft players who could help the offense began its long, slow ride to infamy.
Lynch also used his second pick this year on a small offensive guy who is supposed to be a playmaker. We’ll see. But, he used his first pick on an offensive tackle — about as close as it comes to a sure, safe pick in the draft. There have been a few first round tackles who flopped, but it’s the rarity, rather than the routine.
All of which makes WR Dante Pettis the key member of the 2018 draft class. If he becomes a difference maker, Lynch and Shanahan can remain pals. If he doesn’t, there might be some stirrings of doubt seeping into the hunky-dory partnership.