49ers were prepared to take Reuben Foster at No. 3, got him at No. 31

AP

When 49ers G.M. John Lynch claimed he landed in round one two of his top three players on the board, he wasn’t lying. Unless he also did a great job of lying to Peter King of TheMMQB.com.

The 49ers welcomed King into the draft room, and he explains: (1) that the 49ers truly didn’t know who the Bears planned to take upon moving from No. 3 to No. 2; and (2) that the 49ers truly would have taken Reuben Foster at No.3, if the Bears had selected Solomon Thomas at No. 2 and if the 49ers couldn’t trade down.

King also explains that the 49ers were talking to another team about a trade up to No.2, a fact that should make Bears fans less convinced that G.M. Ryan Pace got hoodwinked to trade up for a guy the 49ers wouldn’t have taken. But the 49ers wouldn’t disclose the team, to the Bears or to King. Which should make Bears fans wonder whether Pace indeed got hoodwinked.

The 49ers also had been talking to Foster’s agent about “some contract concessions” aimed at Foster’s off-field concerns (he was kicked out of the Scouting Combine for arguing with a hospital worker, and he failed the drug test with a diluted sample), and Foster’s agent was “amenable” to those measures. (That type of pre-selection negotiation is technically a no-no, but it happens routinely.) As a result, the 49ers would have moved as low as No. 8 to get Foster, with the thinking that the Bengals could take him at No. 9.

When the Bengals didn’t take Foster at No. 9, and after the Chiefs traded up to No. 10 to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Saints took cornerback Marshon Lattimore at No. 11, the 49ers tried to move up to get Foster. No one was interested, but they kept trying.

The 49ers nearly swung a deal with the Seahawks at No. 26, before the Seahawks traded down to No. 31 with the Falcons, who took pass rusher Takkarist McKinley. Then, with the Seahawks on the clock at No. 31, the 49ers sprang up and nabbed Foster, just as the Saints were ready to take him at No. 32.

So the 49ers got who they wanted. Or they’re claiming they got who they wanted, and they’re doing a great job of selling that notion.

If the fans believe them, it could help solve those early-season traffic problems in Santa Clara.

46 responses to “49ers were prepared to take Reuben Foster at No. 3, got him at No. 31

  1. Ahh…they brought King in…probably gave him some cream-filled donuts too. That explains the slant in favor of the Claranettes.

  2. This further proves my “Niners Fleeced Da Bears” theory, I posted earlier.

    GM Lynch didn’t even want to draft a QB at #2.

  3. These types of “revelations” are so funny. No chance the 49ers were going to take him at #3. This is one of those “we’re so good, we got everything that we wanted” boasts. He lasted until 31 because every team had the exact same concerns about him. Funny how SF didn’t.

  4. It wasn’t that the 9ers wanted a qb, it’s that other teams were looking to move up to #2..the Bears made the niners an offer that couldn’t be refused

  5. Lynch looks smart today, but hold your horses. What if Foster turns out to be another Aldon Smith, and Trubisky becomes a right handed Steve Young? If we all knew these things the day after the draft, we’d have been praising Jerry Jones last year for stealing Dak Prescott in the 4th round. Every single GM is happy right now, but it’s May 1st.

  6. The Falcons pass rushers were tired. They couldn’t sack Brady in the second half after spending the first 2 quarters harassing him. The Falcons definitely need more pass rushers to keep them fresh for the whole game. It is like repairing the barn door after the fact, but if they don’t do it, the same thing can happen to them in their next crucial game.

  7. When the Raiders move out of town, there will be less traffic on Sundays. When the Warriors move across the Bay to Frisco there will be less traffic too during the week when they play.

  8. senoreno says:
    May 1, 2017 6:46 AM
    It wasn’t that the 9ers wanted a qb, it’s that other teams were looking to move up to #2..the Bears made the niners an offer that couldn’t be refused

    ————————————————————

    No one wanted Trubisky that bad. There wasn’t that much of a separation amongst the QB’s in the first round of the draft.

    If Mitch was worth trading to 2 for – then someone would have traded into 3-9 to get either Mahomes or Watson. And the cost to do so would have been less as they’re not moving as far up. None did because no one had QB’s that high on their want/must have list.

    Chicago could have stayed at 3 and gotten their guy.

  9. Not that the story is all that unbelievable, but color me skeptical nonetheless. This is a front office that desperately needs to shed the notion that they don’t know what they are doing, and puff pieces like this obviously go a long way towards that.

  10. No one wanted Foster that high after his diluted urine test. Fact. They may have liked his talent as a top 5 pick, but his decision making was late first round…so that’s where they picked him. Like many other bad decision makers, we’ll wait and see if he was worth it.

  11. omeimontis says:
    May 1, 2017 7:55 AM
    The Falcons pass rushers were tired. They couldn’t sack Brady in the second half after spending the first 2 quarters harassing him. The Falcons definitely need more pass rushers to keep them fresh for the whole game. It is like repairing the barn door after the fact, but if they don’t do it, the same thing can happen to them in their next crucial game.

    ——————-
    The Patriots often get criticized (called cheapskates) because they wont bust the bank for any one player. Even if that player has made their big name as a big piece of the Patriots themselves they still wont do it. But contrary to popular belief Kraft does not keep the money to line his pockets. Instead they spread it it out more accross the entire roster so that they have greater talent stacked up at every position. Its this deep talent pool that wins them more games than any star player. Not only are they better covered for injuries but also they can rotate from play to play keeping guys fresher into the late game. What you saw in the SB was the Patriots players still playing fresh late in the game. If they had taken the same amount of wear as the Atlanta players that outcome would have been completely different. Atlants didnt choke, they should be proud of their effort and committment for all four quarters (and certainly for the great season they gave their fans). But it turned into a bunch of players that were playing their foyrth quarter of the day against a bunch of players that were somewhere in the early second quarter. That SB win was obtained in the previous off season when the Patriots built up their team that way.

  12. That’s great and all but that says a lot more about who put together the board compared to the quality of the draft haul.

    Foster at 3? Yeah right.

  13. So he was going to draft him 28 spots ahead of where ANYONE else would have? Not sure I would admit that, even if it’s true.

  14. Foster won’t last long in the NFL..He can’t pass a drug test. He’s a mess. He is another Aldon Smith but at least Aldon had a great year or two.. You won’t see Foster ever…He will get suspended, then again, then he will get cut..
    Watch..
    By the way 49ers still don’t have a QB

  15. It is truly shocking the inferiority complex seattle has in regards to San Francisco.

    Claranettes? Who could be that lame? As for the number1hackbandwagoner I have no doubt his name is literal since they just satrted watching football. And someone needs to tell this doofus that Harbaugh isn’t the coach anymore and his slogan is as irrelevant as his PODUNK hometown.

  16. i FORGOT 49ERS HIRED THE DUMBEST COACH EVER!
    How do you hire a guy who gave up a 25 point lead in the Superbowl and only ran the ball twice the entire second half?

  17. number1hawkfan says:
    May 1, 2017 7:56 AM
    If there is a fan base in the NFL that will buy this it’s those dopes down in Santa Clara. They have a history of buying obvious lies from their NFL team. I use the phrase “NFL team” liberally. They don’t play like an NFL team. They are the ones that hadn’t won a championship in over twenty years, yet believed harbaugh when he said “nobody had it better” than them. That’s why harbaugh was loved so much down there. He has never won a championship yet thought he was the man and the fan base obviously didn’t need a championship to believe they were the best.
    ______________________________________________
    Shorter version: Shoulda run the ball against the Pats. Obviously you’re still bitter, angry, and disappointed your team choked.
    Lots of championship banners fly at Levi’s.

  18. And someone needs to tell this doofus that Harbaugh isn’t the coach anymore and his slogan is as irrelevant as his PODUNK hometown.

    Don’t bad-mouth your buddy ctigg like that…he’s been having a rough 20 years.

  19. There is a great reason why so many teams passed on such an obvious talented player, regardless of the diluted urine test and the hospital employee altercation that led to getting kicked out of the Combine.

    Reuben Foster has 2 bum shoulders.

  20. “What if Foster turns out to be another Aldon Smith, and Trubisky becomes a right handed Steve Young?”
    ____________

    It’ll be tough for the 49ers to look too bad given all the extra picks they got from the Bears. The Bears NEED Trubisky to be really good to avoid looking like total idiots who gave up a lot bidding against themselves.

  21. “No one wanted Trubisky that bad. There wasn’t that much of a separation amongst the QB’s in the first round of the draft.

    If Mitch was worth trading to 2 for – then someone would have traded into 3-9 to get either Mahomes or Watson.”
    ——————————-

    “No one wanted Trubisky that bad.”

    (1) Obviously not or the Niners would have taken that offer. But that doesn’t mean another offer was on the table. The Bears wanted him the most so they got him.

    “There wasn’t that much of a separation amongst the QB’s in the first round of the draft.”

    (2) There is a HUGE separation between Trubisky and other QBs. Trubisky has checked all boxes. He just needed more experience. Watson is inaccurate and struggles with his reads. Mahomes didn’t run set plays in college, they literally play sandlot football. I think he could be great but he is a huge project.

    “If Mitch was worth trading to 2 for – then someone would have traded into 3-9 to get either Mahomes or Watson.”

    (3) I have no idea what you’re talking about unless you are referring to the fact that you think all the QBs were the same value in this class. If that’s the case then the Bears should have stayed at 3 and taken Mahomes. But it’s not the case, it’s not even close.

    All-in-all this topic at this point is played out but when Trubisky shows he’s a top QB I hope people ripping the move remember they would have risked losing him over a couple 3rd round picks.

  22. Me Lynch. You have been on the job less than a year and you are talking way too much and patting yourself on the back too frequently. Most times less words spoken are better. Let the the results of your actions do the talking. We shouldn’t be hearing this much from you.

  23. Glad SF got him – after the way he handled ‘the phone call’ story. SAINTS dogged a character bullet with this one.

  24. “What you saw in the SB was the Patriots players still playing fresh late in the game.”

    Perhaps a factor, and player depth is important, but what you really saw was totally idiotic play calling by Atlanta in late game situations. Without that incomprehensible error, Atlanta wins, tired players or not. Kyle has always been a believer in his own superiority and it cost him.

    And a lot of that “playing fresh” was really just momentum and renewed enthusiasm, largely created by an incredibly poor play (Ryan fumble) by Falcons. Without that play, I believe you would not have seen any NE “freshness.”

  25. When the GM of the University of Alabama, Ozzie Newsome, passed on Foster at #16 it probably means there are big problems (personal,medical,both) with Foster.

  26. no doubt this rookie GM, and rookie head coach know way more than all the other teams who passed on. At 6’0 tall and 227 lbs he is to small to play in the middle, and way to slow to play on the edge- time will tell -might go down as the greatest pick ever, but let’s see….i think he is to slow.

  27. I’m still shocked the Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes that high. QB’s out of that gimmick offense have had pretty much zero success in the NFL and Mahomes has all the trademark flaws of QB’s like Fidel Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel, Vince Young and RGIII. Mahomes is a guaranteed bust.

  28. “King also explains that the 49ers were talking to another team about a trade up to No.2, a fact that should make Bears fans less convinced that G.M. Ryan Pace got hoodwinked to trade up for a guy the 49ers wouldn’t have taken”

    You must be buddies with the Bear’s gm because he did get fleeced and PFT keeps trying to justify it as a good trade. Blockbuster trades where one side gets a might hall and the other side gets 1 player rarely work out in favor of the team that took the 1 player and gave up so much to get him.

    RGFragileEgo is a fine example of that. Not that the Rams did a competent job with the haul of picks they got, but Washington gave up far too much for a bust and its much more likely the Bears did the same thing than not.

  29. I don’t doubt the sincerity of this and while I think Foster is a beast of a player…. I am a little concerned that they might have actually gone through with it at #3

  30. Foster?? I thought Goodell said Froster….like I said a few days ago…more often than not Goodell pronounces names wrong.

  31. There are 4 reasons why LB needy teams passed on Foster, the #1 LB talent in the draft:

    1) He assaulted a nurse during his physical. Who does that?!?!?
    2) He turned in a diluted sample which gets him on to the NFL’s drug testing program just the same as he tested positive. Can he keep his nose clean with that heightened scrutiny?
    3) Nick Saban wears his players out and so Foster comes in with 2 bum shoulders and a possible torn rotator cuff.
    4) The last Alabama inside LB with these issues? Rolando McClain. As a Raider fan, don’t ask me about how that pick turned out unless you want to hear a lot of cussing!

    Bottom line: there’s lots of red flags on Foster which is why a top 10 talent fell to the end of the first. Both Bay Area teams gambled on their late 1st round picks. Time will tell if they work out (though history suggests at least one will be a bust. Based on all his red flags, I bet that’s gonna be Foster).

  32. So, theoretically, the Bengals could’ve drafted Foster AND Mixon.

  33. Of course they were. I hate when teams pat themselves on the back after a draft to make themselves look better. If I were them, I’d worry about who is taking their snaps under center.

  34. The rest of the league gave the 49ers the illusion of a bargain. There is a reason Foster was still around at the end of Round 1. He’s a headcase and medical red flag. When on the field, he a shown a marked incapacity for making big plays or causing turnovers. When all is said and done, Foster is just a guy.

  35. Lynch better learn to keep his mouth shut … he doesn’t realize the next guy might not make a deal with him because he’s going to tell stories, that may or may not be true, about his motives and supposed outcomes.

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