John Lynch admits he’ll consider a quarterback at No. 2

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49ers G.M. John Lynch threw water on the report that the team is strongly considering taking a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft during a Monday pre-draft press conference. And then Lynch essentially confirmed the report.

“I use the word ‘assumptions,'” Lynch said regarding the NFL Network report regarding the very real possibility that the 49ers will go for a quarterback at No. 2. “It’s what people do. They try to gather, but I know that, I don’t know obviously, but like I said I think the discipline out of this building’s been excellent. And so, I think that’s what they are, they’re assumptions rather than, I think in each situation it says ‘sources.’ I don’t know who those sources are because there’s only a few people that know and so we feel real good about that.”

But then the ultimate source in San Francisco acknowledged that, yes, a quarterback could be taken in that spot.

“I think we’ve stated from the beginning that a franchise quarterback is something we believe is essential to winning in this league,” Lynch said. “We hope that [Brian] Hoyer and [Matt] Barkley come in, and they were both brought in for a reason, but we feel like we’ll continue, always continue, to try to improve ourselves at that position. And so I think the answer is yes.”

Regardless of which guy the 49ers take, Lynch said they’re narrowed their selection down to two or three guys, and that he and coach Kyle Shanahan will make the final decision. One potential decision remains a trade out of the No. 2 spot to a lower position.

“What we’ve said, and the truth of the matter is, we’re willing to listen,” Lynch said. “But we’re very comfortable that we can get to the point where there’s a direction we can go where we’ll be ecstatic and we’ll be passionate about that player.”

They’ll be even more passionate if they can get the player they’d take at No. 2 and also land another pick or two for sliding down. Despite more than 20 new additions to a team that went 2-14 a year ago, the 49ers have plenty of needs — and they could use as many draft picks as they can get.

27 responses to “John Lynch admits he’ll consider a quarterback at No. 2

  1. The 49ers have to be holding their breath right now, hoping to get Trubisky. He is a much more athletic version of Matt Ryan, and that’s the minimum. He has a much higher ceiling. You can also bet Mike Shanahan has studied all the QBs coming out this year, and Kyle is getting the best information available. Mike Shanahan transformed Steve Young into a winner, and I’ll bet Trubisky brings back some of those memories. Whoever they choose, I’m 100% confident in the Shanahan’s.

  2. tonebones says:
    Apr 24, 2017 7:31 PM
    The 49ers have to be holding their breath right now, hoping to get Trubisky. He is a much more athletic version of Matt Ryan, and that’s the minimum. He has a much higher ceiling. You can also bet Mike Shanahan has studied all the QBs coming out this year, and Kyle is getting the best information available. Mike Shanahan transformed Steve Young into a winner, and I’ll bet Trubisky brings back some of those memories. Whoever they choose, I’m 100% confident in the Shanahan’s.
    …………….
    Let me get this straight….Trubisky is labeled a better more physical version of Ryan. Where did you see this? If this were really the case, 5-6 teams would be offering up their draft to pick him #1.

  3. None of these QB’s is a Top 10 pick. I’m no 4er fan, but I hate to see any team reach on a QB. It’s bad for the game as a whole. But if they’re in love with a guy… so be it.

  4. Obviously these GMs are brilliant

    Why trade #1 or #2 pick for a QB like Garoppolo who has two years of actual NFL experience and has grown in the NFL learning from Brady and Belichick, and is due to earn less than $1 million this year?

    Who would want someone like THAT????

    It’s far smarter to use that #1 or #2 pick on an unproven QB rookie QB with no NFL experience whatsoever who will get a 4 year $30 million contract with $20 mil guaranteed (@ what Goff got last year)

    Why would any GM want proven experience and an affordable salary? The Browns an 49ers are lucky to have such great GMs who are obviously smarter than Belichick

  5. Nothing to see here. No news. The 49ers have holes at every single position. Anyone that take at that pick is really no surprise at all.

  6. What in the world is he talking about? I’ve never heard a GM struggle to complete a sentence before.

    I think SF has so many holes they realize they’ll be picking at the top of next years draft so they probably want to wait and see what happens to Cousins and Garappolo and the college QBs before they pick one. If they can’t trade down, though, they are in a tough spot because they don’t really need Thomas and most of the next 5 guys are graded about the same. And the guy they like best is Foster and he can’t be trusted with the second pick.

  7. Don’t fall for it, Cleveland. They want you to draft a QB at number 1 so that they can pick the player they really want.

  8. kick ’em in the head ted says:
    Apr 24, 2017 7:35 PM
    just take the worst player available like usual.. east bay team is so much better

    Your right the Warriors are the better team right now, but the Niners are defiantly moving in the right direction….

  9. j0esixpack says:
    Apr 24, 2017 8:08 PM
    Obviously these GMs are brilliant

    Why trade #1 or #2 pick for a QB like Garoppolo who has two years of actual NFL experience and has grown in the NFL learning from Brady and Belichick, and is due to earn less than $1 million this year?

    Who would want someone like THAT????

    —————————–
    Belichick is rumored to have turned down the #1 pick from CLE, what makes you think he’d trade Garoppolo for the#2 pick? I think Brady’s more likely to be playing in SFO someday than Jimmy.

  10. j0esixpack says:
    Apr 24, 2017 8:08 PM
    Obviously these GMs are brilliant

    Why trade #1 or #2 pick for a QB like Garoppolo who has two years of actual NFL experience and has grown in the NFL learning from Brady and Belichick, and is due to earn less than $1 million this year?

    Who would want someone like THAT????

    It’s far smarter to use that #1 or #2 pick on an unproven QB rookie QB with no NFL experience whatsoever who will get a 4 year $30 million contract with $20 mil guaranteed (@ what Goff got last year)

    Why would any GM want proven experience and an affordable salary? The Browns an 49ers are lucky to have such great GMs who are obviously smarter than Belichick
    =============================================
    Here’s why: If you hit on a QB, even that high, you still get the benefit of 4 total years under market value. The idea is always to draft a guy better than Mike Glennon who signed for 3yr./45M, or low market value.
    As for Garoppolo, he only has 1 year left then, if he plays well as you declare, he would get 20M/yr + long term with only 1 full year of tape.

  11. That is one way to scare Cleveland into taking a QB so the Niners can pick a top player in another position or trade down to a team that is considering a QB.

  12. Better to get Garropolo from NE for that pick rather than risk yet another high draft selection QB early career flame-out.

  13. “I use the word ‘assumptions,’” Lynch said regarding the NFL Network report regarding the very real possibility that the 49ers will go for a quarterback at No. 2. “It’s what people do. They try to gather, but I know that, I don’t know obviously, but like I said I think the discipline out of this building’s been excellent. And so, I think that’s what they are, they’re assumptions rather than, I think in each situation it says ‘sources.’ I don’t know who those sources are because there’s only a few people that know and so we feel real good about that.”

    But then the ultimate source in San Francisco acknowledged that, yes, a quarterback could be taken in that spot.

    “I think we’ve stated from the beginning that a franchise quarterback is something we believe is essential to winning in this league,” Lynch said. “We hope that [Brian] Hoyer and [Matt] Barkley come in, and they were both brought in for a reason, but we feel like we’ll continue, always continue, to try to improve ourselves at that position. And so I think the answer is yes.”

    Belichick must piss his pants laughing when he reads GM’s talking to the media like this

  14. Lynch is building leverage. If he talks like there’s the possibility of the 9ers taking a QB at #2, then teams are more likely to feel like they have to trade up for the #2 pick in order to get their potential QB of the future.

  15. If they do take a QB, it will be Trubisky. Knowing K Shanahan from his Wash Redskins days, he just doesn’t like scrambling QB’s because there is more potential for them to get injured and as we’ve seen in RG3&13, this is true. So Watson is out and Trubisky will be their QB if they pick a QB in the 2nd

  16. If I was the GM for San Francisco I wouldn’t take a quarterback this year the quarterback class next year is so much better and deeper play Brian Hoyer for a year and draft a quarterback next year when the class is better with this pic I would either trade down and get more pics or if I had to pick number two I would take either a CB or I would take OJ Howard tight end get back to the basics back to the Vernon Davis days they picked up some good receivers in the off-season get that good Red Zone threat that you need…just saying

  17. OJ Howard I think would be the best pick I know taking him number two might sound a little crazy but this guy can do everything block catch he’s tall he has speed he reminds me of Jordan Reed he’s like another receiver basically with size he’s the guy that can get down the field for you open up the middle of the field and will be a great addition for Red Zone not to mention he’s the guy that’s going to get down the field and make the key block to Spring your running back I think you can’t go wrong with this guy and whoever picks him up it’s getting a great pic..

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