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Pro Sports Daily:
Of the 49ers’ seven selections Saturday, the fifth-round pick of South Florida outside linebacker Aaron Lynch counts as the most intriguing.
Lynch, 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds, possesses early round ability, but questions about his maturity, character and commitment sent his draft stock spiraling.
Lynch, a first-team Freshman All-American at Notre Dame in 2011, transferred to USF, sat out a year and only played two college seasons. He was reportedly kicked out of an interview with one team at the combine for lying. An NFL.com scouting report termed him a “classic underachiever … who does not play with passion and lacks urgency. Goes through the motions.”
“I am a first-round talent,” Lynch said. “(But) I’ve made some mistakes in my past and I figured that’s what hurt me a little bit.”
Lynch, who turned 21 in March, met with the 49ers in Santa Clara before the draft and had several meetings with general manager Trent Baalke during his visit. At USF, Lynch played for head coach Willie ...
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Aaron Lynch to the 49ers. Another high upside guy they can develop. Little curious about his background given a current DE/OLB on the team…
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 10, 2014
Hearing from multiple NFL sources that the #49ers just took one of the biggest character risks in the entire draft in Aaron Lynch
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff...
With the final pick in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers made a move for the fututre, selecting guard Brandon Thomas out of Clemson. Once considered a top offensive line prospect, Thomas tore his ACL during a pre-draft workout. As a result, his stock plummeted and he’ll have to start the 2014 season for the 49ers on the PUP list.
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With the draft completed it’s time to re-visit the best stories from the cover32 universe this past week to help pass the time before training camp arrives.
- POWER RANKINGS: Grading the reliability of each NFL team’s front office. (READ)
- The 10 dumbest answers from Roger Goodell during his Twitter Q&A. (READ)
- Ten players who will ultimately be the class...
3 days and 256 picks later, the NFL draft has come to a close. Between Michael Sam’s emotional reaction to being the first openly gay player to be drafted and all the Johnny Manziel jokes, the draft was as good as we could have hoped for. The 49ers had a stockpile of picks in this years draft, and boy did they use them. San Francisco ended up drafting 12 players, and I’m going...
The 49ers made their first third-round selection Friday night, taking Marcus Martin out of USC. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the 49ers. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the newest member of the San Fran offensive line:
1. Martin was a 3-year starter at USC, his first two at left guard before moving to center...
The Buffalo Bills had too many wide receivers, and the San Francisco 49ers needed one more. The 49ers offered the Bills a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft, which could possibly become a third round choice. San Francisco got what it wanted, WR Stevie Johnson. How will he fit into the mix with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis?
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has...
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that the 49ers recent decision to trade for veteran WR Stevie Johnson could be an indication that they will not sign WR Michael Crabtree to a long-term extension. Barrows mentions that Johnson is already under contract for another three years at base salaries that could end up being much less than what Crabtree could ultimately command...
- Five things you need to know about 49ers first-round pick Jimmie Ward. (READ)
- Ward shined at Northern Illinois. (READ)
- Twitter reacts to the 49ers taking Ward at No. 30. (READ)
- San Francisco makes major trade for wide receiver Stevie Johnson. (READ)
- 49ers have safe, uneventful first round. (READ)
- Five things to know about the 49ers’ new running back Carlos...
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49ers Select Chris Borland of Wisconsin with Pick #77
The San Francisco 49ers selected an intelligent and fundamental football player in Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland today.
Borland will produce from Day 1 and was a tackling machine at Wisconsin. Much like Hyde and Martin, Borland will have an immediate...
Michael Crabtree just can’t catch a break.
Months after Richard Sherman put him on blast in the greatest post-game rant of all-time, his San Francisco 49ers may have already decided to not extend the wide receiver’s contract.
While the Niners were expected to take a wide receiver in last weekend’s NFL Draft, they instead went out and traded for Stevie Johnson.
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The San Francisco 49ers made four selections in Day 2 of the NFL Draft, finishing their day by drafting a very talented offensive tackle in Brandon Thomas of Clemson at pick #100.
Thomas was originally touted as a second-round pick, but suffered a devastating knee injury in early April, an injury that severely dampened his draft stock.
Well, so much for the highly anticipated NFL draft; at least if you were a 49ers fan. The 49ers for the second time in three years shocked their fans with a player who they weren’t expected to take in the first round. The last one, A.J Jenkins, is no longer on the roster. However Jimmie Ward could very well yield a much different result than Jenkins. The Niners two biggest needs...
The San Francisco 49ers pose as deadly threats to the rest of the NFC in 2014 – Mandatory Credit: Jose Carlos Fajardo/MCT
Yes, the San Francisco 49ers were the talk of the offseason.
Their coach was apparently pitched to be dealt (Jim Harbaugh), their quarterback was allegedly accused of sexual assault (Colin Kaepernick), and one of their best defensive players used the word bomb...
The 49ers select North Carolina State CB Dontae Johnson at pick number 129 in the 4th round.
School: North Carolina State
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OverviewStrengthsWeaknessesHis first name is pronounced “DAHN-tay.” Safety-receiver who also played basketball as a New Jersey prep. Played in 13 games (one start) as a true freshman for...
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says first-round pick Jimmie Ward will compete in the secondary as a safety and a nickel. “Ward is a playmaker, has an instinct for reacting to plays before anybody else sees them,” Harbaugh said. “Just a step ahead of the rest of the defense. Covers a lot of ground. Covers up a lot of holes. I like his ball skills. He’s going to play...