John Lynch says 49ers got two of top three players on their board

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The 49ers were involved in the first big twist of the 2017 draft when they were able to obtain two third-round picks and a fourth-round pick for moving down one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 in a trade with the Bears.

General Manager John Lynch earned a lot of praise for pulling off that move while running his first draft since taking the job and he remained busy. After taking defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, who was the expected pick at No. 2, Lynch traded back into the first round by sending the newly acquired fourth-round pick and the No. 34 pick to Seattle to take linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st overall selection.

That ended a major drop for Foster, who was generally expected to come off the board far earlier in the round, and gave the 49ers a player that Lynch said they rated right alongside Thomas on their board.

“I can tell you right off the bat that what we had on the board was just under 200 players, and in terms of how we rated them, we got two of our top three players,” Lynch said, via “We were able to do that, and we’re thrilled. We’re ecstatic. We think these guys have a lot of traits of what we want to be about as a football organization.”

Both players should be playing early for the Niners and Lynch will be back at work trying to turn the team around on Friday night.

40 responses to “John Lynch says 49ers got two of top three players on their board

  1. So happy to see Lynch having success with the 9ers. He was a great player for us in Tampa, I’m pulling for him to succeed in this next venture as well.

  2. Eli Wallach said it best in ‘The Magnificent Seven’:

    “If God did not want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.”


  3. I hear the Philadelphia police are searching for John Lynch because of an armed robbery.

    All jokes aside, wow what a start to the draft by San Fran! This whole predraft process I’m thinking “I’d love to get Foster but Solomon Thomas is cool too.”…we get both! And an extra pick….Lynch GM of the year.

  4. Awesome job by Lynch last night. Drafted Thomas at #3 and basically stole a top 5 talent in Foster from the rest of the field after playing Bears GM Ryan Pace like a fiddle.

    Also why Seattle would make a trade with a division rival allowing them to bolster their lineup with a top 5 talent for mere peanuts is absolutely crazy. Seattle sports talk radio is going to be gold today with Seahawk fans asking the same question. If Seattle had called asking for a trade I’d hope Lynch would hang up or burn them for every pick they had

  5. Everyone laughed at this hire, but you have to give credit where credit is due. Lynch nailed the first round and absolutely fleeced the Bears for the right to move up one spot to draft a mediocre QB.

  6. I am not totally on board with the Thomas pick, I would have preferred Jamal Adams. But, he hit a home run with the Foster pick. We have a long way to go, but it’s a great start for Lynch

  7. What in the world were the bears thinking?
    Mitchell has no o line and no WR’s. He’s gonna get killed AND you got robbed.
    Bears is now spelled F-O-O-L-S

  8. All I can say is thank goodness Trent Baalke is no longer a part of this franchise. Lynch is doing a great job and bringing back fans like myself who were so disgusted the last few years I couldn’t even bear to watch.

  9. I’m no Niners fan but people saying Lynch ‘lucked’ into the haul from the Bears are being disingenuous. Either he was able to leverage an offer from another team to maximize the haul from the Bears (and the haul he got for dropping 1 spot made Butch Davis cringe) *OR* he completely made it up and bluffed a tremendous amount of picks for nothing.

    Either way he did a great job. Every NFL GM dreams of being able to get free picks while still getting your top available pick. So kudos to him on that pick. As far the Foster pick there’s a reason why he dropped…. Whenever someone has a guy that high on their board and he’s still available that late they might be missing out on why. Obviously the diluted test had an impact but this much of an impact… Maybe other teams were more than a little confident that he would be failing more tests in the future.

  10. He absolutely fleeced the Bears and was able to get the player they wanted anyway, so kudos there. Foster, though, is a head scratcher and a bit of a gamble no matter how you look at it. There’s a lot of reasons why the Raiders and other LB needy teams passed on the #1 rated LB talent in the draft:

    1) Behavioral issues as evidenced by assaulting a nurse during a physical. Who does that?!?!?
    2) Possible drug problems as evidenced by the diluted sample.
    3) Nick Saban tends to wear players out. He grinds them down all year as he doesn’t care about their pro careers, he just wants to win games (as he should).
    4) The last Alabama ILB with these issues was Rolando McClain. How’d that turn out? (Ask any Raider fan).

    If Foster doesn’t turn out to be the next McClain, the Niners absolutely got a steal here. But, if he does turn into a bust, they can’t say they didn’t see the red flags which are numerous. Time will tell.

  11. #2 pick, someone was willing to get fleeced, and then took a risk to trade up for a talented but falling player for both medical and off the field issues.

    Really easy to look good on draft day with that setup, but at least he didn’t screw it up with all those advantages.

    It’s not that he did good, or lucked into it. He just was in prime position and didn’t screw it up.

    Still though, Foster has to pan out and not be oft-injured/suspended to realize a good first day, and even then, they still have a lot of holes.

  12. Smart move by Lynch. Build your defense with good young players. A good defense will take you a long way. Why draft a QB that will not get them anywhere this season. The QBs in this draft are weak and are not franchise type QBs. The Bears just set themselves back for a number of years. Build a great defense , strong O Line then go get a QB. I hope they have success .

  13. Maybe 2 of the top 3 on THEIR BOARD but on my board evaluating the top 50 prospects Lynch got 2 of the top 7.
    I had Thomas at #5 and Foster I had at #7.
    Good draft so far for Lynch.

    Why Chicago gave up so much to move up surprised me. Obviously Chicago thought SF would take Trubisky.
    Whatever !?

  14. John Lynch is a wonderful GM in the eyes of Jets fans…

    …along with Jax, and Titans GMs for giving them Jamal Adams!


  15. As a former Chicago guy and Bears fan, and current AZ resident and Cardinals fan, I have to tip my hat to the 49ers first round. My goodness.

  16. larryboodry says:
    Apr 28, 2017 7:57 AM
    Eli Wallach said it best in ‘The Magnificent Seven’:

    “If God did not want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.”

    United Airlines version: If God had wanted rabbits to fly, He would’ve given them wings.

  17. Bear’s need to fire their GM. Foster needs another surgery on his shoulder, he could be out a while.

  18. Someone pinch me. Did we draft a guy with a knee injury or not? Oh wait, that incompetent egomaniac Baalke is no longer with the team.

  19. 28 teams did not think Reuben Foster was a top 5 pick. From my vantage point it looks like a major steal, but all of those teams know something we don’t.

  20. jm91rs says:
    Apr 28, 2017 1:24 PM
    28 teams did not think Reuben Foster was a top 5 pick. From my vantage point it looks like a major steal, but all of those teams know something we don’t.
    Don’t kid yourself. Dak Prescott went in the fourth round. All 32 teams passed him up at least 3 times. Derek Carr went in the 2nd round. Do you think he’d last that long in a re-draft. Russell Wilson round 3. Tom Brady round 6. Joe Montana round 3. How many teams passed up Aaron Rodgers? Etc., etc., etc. The 49ers’ dynasty of the 80’s was full of mid round players who ended up being pro bowlers. Some of the GMs know what they’re doing, but the majority are just guessing.

  21. When Trubisky has taken the Bears to the playoffs for the 5th straight year in 2023 this trade won’t look so bad.

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