After the San Francisco 49ers traded down with the Jacksonville Jaguars last night in the third-round (No. 70) to nab C Marcus Martin, the 49ers were again on the clock in the fifth-round (No. 150) as they struck a two-for-one deal. With the additional pick the 49ers selected troubled OLB Aaron Lynch.
Lynch who came in as one of the 49ers Top 30 pre-draft visits, it was his on-field production that eventually won out. A Notre Dame transfer after being homesick, Lynch played one season at USF last year and started 10 games while recording 29 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Projected to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, Lynch does have some red flags, as I said:
“Red flags that include character concerns, mental makeup, and commitment to the game, one has to wonder why GM Trent Baalke brought him in for a pre-draft visit. And to add fuel to the fire, Lynch was literally thrown out of one of the NFL team’s interviews for lying at the combine. However, Lynch’s on-field skill set can’t be denied. A speed pass-rusher with violent hands, Lynch would be a pass-rush specialist early on in his career.
But the question remains, will the 49ers draft him? Considered a late fifth to seventh-round draft pick, do not be surprised if Baalke drafts him as he already drafted another USF star in QB B.J. Daniels last season.”
And Baalke did just that as he selected the talented but troubled pass-rusher.