Adam Peters wanted Reuben Foster from the get-go

AP

Some scoffed at the claim from the 49ers that they managed to get two of the top three players on their draft board with picks No. 3 and 31 in the draft. The 49ers nevertheless insist that they had decided early on to pursue Foster.

Via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, G.M. John Lynch recently explained that when he spoke with Adam Peters before hiring him from the Broncos, Peters already had a plan for the 49ers’ first pick in the draft.

“We’ve got the No. 2 pick,” Lynch said to Peters. “Who are you taking? . . . Without hesitation, he said ‘Reuben Foster.’”

Lynch was careful to explain that Peters’ initial impression shouldn’t be regarded as a slap at the guy they took after trading down from No. 2 to No. 3.

“A lot has transpired then and [Peters] loved Solomon Thomas, too, I don’t want to get that mistaken,” Lynch said. “But he was a huge champion of Reuben Foster. Like I said, so much transpired from there to there. But [Peters] was big on that one. I know that.”

Peters knew that he wanted Foster while studying film of Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland a year ago.

The big joke was you turned on Alabama to watch anyone and you couldn’t stop watching [Foster],” Lynch said. “He just kind of kept jumping out at you. So I think while we are all proud to have claimed him, it was pretty easy to do so.”

The wait until pick No. 31 surely wasn’t easy, but team after team after team passed on Foster before the 49ers made the pick, one spot before the Saints reportedly intended to do so. Foster slide due to concerns about his shoulder and a positive drug test at the Scouting Combine from a dilute sample. While that may have scared others away, it didn’t impact the 49ers.

16 responses to “Adam Peters wanted Reuben Foster from the get-go

  1. I don’t believe this at all…. If SF had a choice to pick ILB/OLB 6″2/239pd Hasson Reddick or 6ft/228pd Reuben Foster, the 49ers would of taken Reddick all day long.

    Reddick was the biggest, fastest, most athletic LB available in this years draft. Reddick runs a 4.49-4.51 40 ( Foster 4.75) with a 37 1/2 inch vertical jump & 133in broad jump showing the insane explosiveness he has. Reddick can play the run, he can cover like a DB and he can rush the QB both from the inside and off the edge at OLB. Reddicks speed/1st step off th edge is outright insane and with his speed and the way he can bend/contort his body & get low around the edge has scouts comparing his pass rush ability to Von Millers who is of similar size/weight/speed as Reddick. Reddick was a FAR better prospect than Foster which is why he was drafted was before and AZ was lucky to get him as everyone expected him to go top 5-10 but lucky for AZ there was a run on QBs.

  2. I have been a niners fan for the entire 25 years that I have know what a football. That being said, I clicked on this article just to find out who Adam Peters is

  3. More evidence of how this guy talks too much for his own good and in the process shows that he’s a dummy. I agree that Foster is a special talent, but Lynch needs to tell everyone in the world that he’s so smart, which never ends up working out for the person with that complex.

  4. Have we forgotten to thank Seattle for making the move to put Foster in the division???

    That’s the biggest accomplishment on the part of the Niners. Foster will provide plenty of reminders in the years to come every time he knocks a Seahawk to the ground!

  5. @hawks1124

    Willis and Gore were great team 1st players and loved by 9ER fans.

    But Eddie Debartolo,Bill Walsh,Montana, Rice, and Young are the 1st thing that comes to mind when you think of the 9ERS. When ever the NFL runs promotional trailers on TV of its great players and history it’s with Rice,Montana,Young,etc. Not with Willis and Gore.

    Stay in your lane and worry about your own team.

    The first thing that comes to mind when NFL fans think of Seahawks football is the great draft busts Bosworth and when Bo Jackson madden truck him at the goal line on MNF.

  6. Trading up to draft guys with bad shoulders & drug problems is how bad teams stay bad.

  7. eacuna05 says:
    May 29, 2017 6:32 PM
    Have we forgotten to thank Seattle for making the move to put Foster in the division???

    That’s the biggest accomplishment on the part of the Niners. Foster will provide plenty of reminders in the years to come every time he knocks a Seahawk to the ground!
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    More likely he gets run over like a speed bump.

  8. faithful49er707 says:
    May 29, 2017 8:02 PM

    The first thing that comes to mind when NFL fans think of Seahawks football is the great draft busts Bosworth and when Bo Jackson madden truck him at the goal line on MNF.
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    Dude, that was like 30 year ago. I think the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is the look on Sherman’s face when Butler makes the interception.

  9. hawks1124 says:
    May 30, 2017 10:20 AM

    The first thing that comes to mind when I think of 49ers is… irrelevant since 1994

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    Keep digging that bandwagon hole deeper, 3 consecutive NFCCG from 2011-2013. Yeah … you didn’t just start watching football.

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