The San Francisco 49ers are among the league’s best at drafting value picks in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. The 49ers drafted Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore in the 2013 NFL Draft. Both players are excellent talents, but both can never seem to stay on the field. The 49ers annually have one of the best rosters in the NFL and they can afford to miss on a pick or two. That’s why drafting Aaron Lynch was a good idea. Although the USF product is still extremely raw and unpolished, Lynch has the tools and the potential to be just as good as Jadeveon Clowney one day.
Lynch originally committed to Notre Dame, where he played a major role as a freshman. The problem with Lynch at Notre Dame is that he never had a chance to shine behind Stephon Tuitt and Prince Shembo. Lynch transferred to USF after his freshman season, but there were some growing pains there too. After just two college seasons, Lynch decided to make the transition to the NFL.
At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, Lynch is lean, but he has the frame to put on weight and become a dominant force on the outside. At USF’s Pro Day, Lynch ran a 4.61 40-yard dash. Regardless of all of his elite measurables, Lynch seems to be uncoachable to many. Here’s what Hans Strab, strength and conditioning coach at USF, had to say about Lynch.
“Thought an organization with five Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority.”
Lynch has the ability to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL if he can keep his head on straight. Many teams bypassed Lynch because they knew he would be a headache and cause problems, but the 49ers are in perfect position with Lynch. If he pans out, the 49ers are getting a guy who could lead the league in sacks one day. If he doesn’t, it still wouldn’t matter because the 49ers will still have quality players at the defensive end position.