John Lynch, 49ers focus on NFL draft evaluation as Scouting Combine nears


John Lynch, 49ers focus on NFL draft evaluation as Scouting Combine nears

The draft is more than two months away, and the 49ers are focused on the evaluations of the 2019 draft class as the NFL Scouting Combine nears.

Then, the 49ers’ internal conversations will shift toward the strategy to put into place for the late April draft. The 49ers own the No. 2 overall selection in the draft and five picks. The club is expecting an additional selection as part of the NFL’s compensatory formula.

Obviously, if the 49ers hold onto the No. 2 pick, they will get -- at worst -- the second-rated prospect on their draft board. But how many players might they deem worthy of such a lofty selection? That answer could determine their willingness to make a deal or two.

“That’s why you do your due diligence on everyone because of the twists and turns of the draft and what can transpire before then and on draft day,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “There are so many different things. What you have to do is be ready on everyone and have multiple scenarios. ‘If this happens, we’re going to do this. If this happens, we’re going to do this.’ The first part of that is just the evaluation.”

The 49ers would certainly entertain the thought of a trade back if they believe they are not going so far backward that there is a noticeable drop-off in talent from the player they would have selected at No. 2.

“All those things can come into play,” Lynch said. “Obviously, it takes two or more to tango, as they say. You get very comfortable with a couple of options. If they’re there, you say, ‘Hey, we’re comfortable.’ Or you either get comfortable with, ‘We think there are enough players that we have rated very highly that we’d be willing to add some.’ But those are all things that will take care of themselves as we get closer.”

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The 49ers are clearly in need of an edge rusher. In fact, they are in need of multiple edge rushers. The club is likely to add pass-rush help in free agency in mid-March, and top it off with the best available young talent entering the NFL. The top options could be former Ohio State star Nick Bosa, with whom Lynch has already spoken, and Josh Allen of Kentucky, winner of the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy.

“Now, it’s just the evaluation, continuing to hone in on the evaluation,” Lynch said. “Our coaches will get more invested in the process because their season is over and they’re back in the office. That’s largely what they’ll be doing is starting their part of the evaluations. Then we’ll get together, personnel and coaching staff, and really start to put our final thoughts together.”

1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 4 in the round; No. 36 overall
3. Third round: No. 3 in the round; No. 67 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 2 in the round; No. 104 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 3 in the round; No. 176 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 40 in the round; No. 212 overall

-- Fifth-round pick traded to Detroit for guard Laken Tomlinson, 2017
-- Seventh-round pick traded to Cleveland for offensive tackle Shon Coleman, 2018

Watch Kyle Shanahan's postgame speech after 49ers' win vs. Washington

Watch Kyle Shanahan's postgame speech after 49ers' win vs. Washington

Kyle Shanahan was quite pleased with his team's effort in San Francisco's 9-0 win over Washington on Sunday.

"We talked about making it our house, man," the 49ers coach said during his postgame speech in the locker room. "That was our house!"

It wasn't pretty, and how could it have been, given the unrelenting downpour and the mud that covered FedEx Field. But a win is a win, and Shanahan was happy to see his players get one last dip in the dirt after achieving victory.

"There was no cooler thing to me than watching 53 guys go sliding, doing angels across the field," he said of San Francisco's Slip-N-Slide procession.

The hard-fought win stood in contrast to previous successes, such as the 49ers' 24-point victory in Cincinnati in Week 2. Shanahan wanted his team to derive confidence from that knowledge, while also not losing sight of the ultimate goal.

"Guys we're just getting started, alright," Shanahan said in closing. "We can win a game in any way. We had seven starters out today. We bonded together, we'll get some back, but it doesn't matter. 

"This room, we've got something special. Let's keep this s--t going."

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Next up for San Francisco is a home game against Carolina in Week 8. Safe to say, there won't be as much mud in that one.

Why Kyle Shanahan thinks 49ers' answers at wide receiver are on team

Why Kyle Shanahan thinks 49ers' answers at wide receiver are on team

Eight days before the NFL trade deadline, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that he does not feel as much urgency to add a veteran receiver in the middle of the season than in his previous two. 

“I think less (urgency) than we’ve had in the last couple of years because I do see that there are guys in our building that I do think the answers are here,” Shanahan told reporters Monday in Santa Clara, amid reports that the 49ers are in the market to add a wide receiver.

The 49ers played Sunday without rookie receiver Deebo Samuel, who injured his groin a week earlier against the Los Angeles Rams. Marquise Goodwin played just seven snaps before leaving with an injury Sunday. He was evaluated for a concussion but was cleared. Goodwin is not in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Shanahan said.

San Francisco also hopes to get Trent Taylor and rookie Jalen Hurd back later in the season. Both players are on injured reserve. They are eligible to return after sitting out eight games from the time they went on IR.

“It was tough not having Deebo last week and Marquise being a little bit banged up, we’ll get both of those two back,” Shanahan said. “The guys we have I still think can continue to get better. We’re still holding out hopes, too, for Jalen and Trent Taylor that they can heal up and hopefully return later this year.

“We’re always looking to improve, but I do like the guys we have here.”

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Tight end George Kittle is the 49ers' top pass-catcher with 34 receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Samuel leads the wideouts in receptions with 15 catches for 168 yards, while Goodwin has 11 catches for 181 yards. Samuel and Goodwin have one TD apiece. Kendrick Bourne had his best game of the season on Sunday with three catches for 69 yards in the 49ers' 9-0 victory over Washington.

Dante Pettis, a second-round pick in 2018, has not produced up to expectations. He has nine catches for 83 yards and one touchdown.