The file on Aaron Lynch
Early years and college
Highly recruited out of the state of Florida, Aaron Lynch signed with the University of Notre Dame as a four-star defensive end prospect from Island Coast High School. Lynch played in 12 games (starting six) as a true freshman in 2011, and tallied 33 tackles and seven sacks. He earned First-Team Freshman All-America honors... Following his freshman season, Lynch transferred back home to the University of South Florida. Lynch had to sit out a season while transferring. In 2013, Lynch started 10 of 12 games and led the Bulls with five sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.
Lynch declared for the 2014 NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season. The 6-foot-5, 249-pounder ran a 4.66 forty time at his Pro Day (with a 1.52 10-yard split). He had 18 bench-press reps at the NFL Combine. With the tenth pick in the fifth round (No. 150 overall), the San Francisco 49ers drafted Lynch.
Lynch earns roster spot
Lynch strained his hamstring during the 49ers' offseason program in June, and wasn't activated off the PUP list until July 27. Despite a slow start to the preseason, Lynch was not included in the 49ers' final roster cuts...
Part of the rotation
In the 49ers' first three games, Lynch played 20, 18 and 12 defensive snaps respectively. But in Week 4 against the Eagles ...
Move over Lemonier
... the rookie outside linebacker supplanted Corey Lemonier as the team's pass-rush specialist. When the 49ers went with their nickel defense, Lynch earned 25 snaps, while Lemonier did not get on the field for any defensive plays.
After amassing 12.5 sacks over 30 games in his first two seasons with the 49ers, Lynch was poised to enter the 2016 season as the team's most dynamic edge rusher. But on Friday, July 15, Lynch was served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.