It’s finally time for the 2019 NFL Draft. Three more days and John Lynch will be on the clock with the number two pick.
Lynch had the number two pick two years ago and whiffed it. Solomon Thomas has been no better than Ronald Blair, a fifth round choice from Trent Baalke’s last draft in 2016.
If it takes three years to properly judge a draft pick’s NFL worth, maybe it takes that long to evaluate a GM, too. This will be Lynch’s third draft.
Baalke would probably not have picked Thomas or Nick Bosa from this year’s class. Both of them have short arms and Baalke was a firm believer in long arms at the pass rush position. Aldon Smith comes to mind.
Not that Baalke’s draft acumen is anything much to hang your hat on. He never could pick a decent skill position player, and Lynch grabbed one in his first draft in the fifth round – George Kittle. Trent Taylor and Dante Pettis might be keepers, also.
Of course, we don’t know to what extent these picks were influenced by HC Kyle Shanahan. My guess is that he’ll take credit for the good picks and blame Lynch for the bad ones.
In fact, Lynch’s primary role with the 49ers might not be as the bona fide GM, but as a figurehead – a guy with league-wide cachet whose very presence helps restore credibility to the front office after Baalke and Jed York recklessly pissed it away. The real GMing might be happening with Lynch’s subordinates, Adam Peters and Martin Mayhew.
I’ll have to run this theory through the Chuck-o-meter to test its validity (the more spit flying from Chuck, the more likely the theory is accurate).
At any rate, the Draft is fun and provides fodder for any and all grist mills. Bring it on!