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49ers GM John Lynch hypes up Kyler Murray days before 2019 NFL Draft

49ers GM John Lynch hypes up Kyler Murray days before 2019 NFL Draft

John Lynch is a big fan of quarterback Kyler Murray, and believes that if the Cardinals don’t select him with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, there will be a flurry of calls to the 49ers regarding the No. 2 pick.

“I would, wouldn’t you?” Lynch said Monday at his draft preview media availability when asked about Murray's draft prospects. “There seems to be a ton of interest and I understand, man. We, a couple times, just threw him up in here (the draft room) and it’s electric stuff, it really is. 

“Had some nightmares about, not me myself chasing him, but about us chasing him if it does fall that way. He’s pretty special."

Lynch said that conversations will naturally heat up this week with teams who might be interested in trading with them for the No. 2 pick. 

“My experience, it typically happens this week,” Lynch said. “My first year, some things happened at the owner’s meetings. This week, which is just this morning thus far, a couple calls but nothing of substance. 

“I’d imagine if there is interest, those things will heat up. But as of right now, like I said, we’ll listen. We also feel extremely comfortable that we could get some game-changing players there, and that’s a good feeling.” 

Lynch would obviously not tip his hand to who he and coach Kyle Shanahan would prefer, but Nick Bosa would appear to be the favorite. Lynch quipped that no matter what the Cardinals do, it will happen quickly and that they will be ready for it. 

“The one thing I know, we aren’t going to have to wait long,” Lynch said. “You know, whatever that is, 15 minutes and then we’ll know. Whether it’s them or someone else picking him [Murray] or someone else. 

“Do I want to know? Sure, just like you do. Just like everybody does, and that’s why there’s been so many different stories.” 

Lynch could very well be fanning the flames of the Murray hype with his compliments about the prospect’s abilities. While he restrains himself from too much social media exposure, he is definitely aware of the chatter on it regarding who might be the top pick. 

“I think that’s the hard thing about social media,” Lynch said. “People are talking about it all the time now. I think things in conjecture, used to start much later in the process. It starts fairly early and it’s pretty brilliant what the league does because people talk about this all the time.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it. I think that what I know is that we’re in a really good position and we’re not, as I said, going to have to wait long.”  

[RELATED: 49ers could land two first-round picks trading No. 2]

No matter how the situation unravels on draft day, Lynch is certain that he and his team are well prepared to deal with it. 

“What happens there at one, will it have an effect on what we do at two? We’ll see.” 

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

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Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

[RELATED: Kerr lauds ex-49ers assistant for preventing school shooting]

Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.

Why David Carr doesn't rank Joe Montana among top 10 QBs of Super Bowl era

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Why David Carr doesn't rank Joe Montana among top 10 QBs of Super Bowl era

For most people, the debate over the greatest quarterback of all time comes down to two names: Tom Brady and Joe Montana.

David Carr, it appears, is not most people.

The 2002 No. 1 overall draft pick, who now is an analyst for NFL Network, surely made some jaws drop Friday when he said Montana was not (!) a top-10 quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

Yes, you read that correctly. 

So, why does Carr believe the quarterback who was a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowls and universally is regarded as one of the best to ever spin it isn't a top-10 signal-caller? Well, things just set up too perfectly for Montana.

Um ... all right.

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So, just because Montana's talent was such a perfect fit with legendary coach Bill Walsh, that means the 49ers legend's accomplishments automatically are discounted?

Just an unspeakably brutal take.