GM John Lynch has been a bit chirpy lately, and no wonder. When Jimmy Garoppolo fell into his lap last October, his job security skyrocketed.
Without that bit of luck, the 49ers would have had to sign Kirk Cousins and nobody would be nearly as excited about the future as they are now. It will be interesting to watch the fates of these two QBs over the course of the next few years.
Lynch’s 2017 draft has lost quite a bit of luster over the past year. Top pick Solomon Thomas played closer to ordinary than excellent, and second pick Reuben Foster is one strike away from flaming out of the league.
Third round pick Ahkello Witherspoon is a decent CB, but we’ve seen a lot of decent CBs come through Niner HQ this century, with none of them close to outstanding. Fifth round WR Trent Taylor and seventh round FS Adrian Colbert were probably Lynch’s best picks in the draft.
Nobody looks much like a Pro Bowler at this point, which is a bit disappointing given the high drafting position last year. Lynch has said he relies on Martin Mayhew to help him get acclimated as a GM, which isn’t something that should warm any fan’s heart since Mayhew was formerly the GM of the endlessly mediocre Detroit Lions and in 2016 was the Director of Football Operations for the Giants, who went 3-13 last year.
At the end of the 2017 season, former 49er RB Carlos Hyde crowed that the Niners would be going to the Super Bowl this year. Then he became a free agent and signed with the Browns. Apparently, the SB was not high on his list of 2018 New Year’s priorities.