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John Lynch says Jerick McKinnon fits 49ers' plan for 2019 NFL season

John Lynch says Jerick McKinnon fits 49ers' plan for 2019 NFL season

PHOENIX – The 49ers could get out of Jerick McKinnon’s contract with minimal financial impact before next week.

But general manager John Lynch believes it would be foolish for the team to part ways with McKinnon prior to April 1.

“Yeah, Jerick is going to be a part of us,” Lynch said Monday at the NFL owners meeting. “We’re excited to see that through.”

As part of the terms of the four-year, $30 million contract the sides agreed upon last year, McKinnon’s full $3.7 million salary for 2019 becomes fully guaranteed next Monday. He can also earn another $300,000 in bonuses during the upcoming season.

McKinnon picked up $11.7 million in fully guaranteed money at signing last year, but his season ended before it ever began. McKinnon tore his ACL a week before the start of the regular season.

He is on pace for a full return for training camp, according to the team.

“Jerick’s working incredibly hard,” Lynch said. “He’s always had a chip on his shoulder because that was his first opportunity to be the guy. I’m sure he’ll have a bigger chip on his shoulder. But he’s very much a part of our plans. The way he’s working is very encouraging. But it’s a big thing to come back from, that’s for sure. Yeah, Jerick is going to be a part of us.”

The 49ers’ signing of free-agent running back Tevin Coleman was the source of some speculation about McKinnon’s future. Lynch said the 49ers did not enter the offseason determined to add a veteran running back.

"We were comfortable going into the season with our running back group," Lynch said.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was among the top players available on the open market. Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The market was soft for the other running backs. Coleman, who played two seasons with Kyle Shanahan as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the 49ers.

“We saw an opportunity with Tevin and we pounced on it, because we knew the player he was,” Lynch said. “And that’s one where Kyle had first-hand experience with him. If we could do it at that price, absolutely, we’d be involved. We worked hard to get it done, and we’re really thrilled.”

Coleman and McKinnon are joined by running backs Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on the 49ers’ offseason roster. Lynch said the club is currently not engaged in trade talks of any kind.

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

The 49ers were sitting in an enviable position entering the 2019 NFL Draft, and now that the first round has come and gone, the evaluation process can begin.

Various outlets already have released their first-round draft grades, and, surprise, surprise: They're all big fans of the 49ers' selection of Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick.

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Not as sold? Perhaps these analyses will convince you:

SI.com -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Niners, who rely on a four-man rush and generated no pressure off the edges last year, took a huge step earlier this offseason by trading for Kansas City’s Dee Ford. Adding Bosa could make them the NFL’s fastest-rising defense in 2019. He’ll likely align outside, opposite Ford and with underrated long-armed monster DeForest Buckner between them. But like his brother Joey, Nick Bosa can also rush from inside in obvious passing situations. The Niners now have a lot of weapons and options up front."

CBS Sports -- Grade: A
What they said: "Love this pick for the Niners getting the best pass rusher in this class. They are building something special on that defensive line. Bottom line is they are gonna get after the quarterback."

Bleacher Report -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Bosa selection, coupled with the acquisition of Dee Ford from the Chiefs, completes a thorough makeover of a defensive line that recorded just 37 sacks last season: 12 by DeForest Buckner and 25 by everyone else. Bosa and Ford should push the Niners defense toward 50-sack territory. That can vault them into playoff contention."

SB Nation -- Grade: A+
What they said: "In Bosa, they get the best player in the 2019 draft. He’s a pass rusher teams need to scheme against. As long as he can stay healthy, the 49ers optimized value and need with the second pick in the draft."

USA Today -- Grade: A
What they said: "It’s easy to compare Bosa to his brother Joey, but here’s a scary thought: Nick has even more power … and all the athletic traits we saw in Joey back in 2015. The 49ers’ pass rush is scary with Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and, now, Bosa on the defensive line."

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

The 2019 NFL Draft is underway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bay Area's two teams should be in the center of the action.

The 49ers selected Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. The Raiders took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick, and Mississippi State Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick

[RELATED: Follow latest draft news, trade talk during Round 1]

It promises to be an interesting slate of 32 picks made in the Music City, and you can follow live as each selection is made in the 2019 NFL Draft tracker below:

1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, edge rusher, Ohio State

3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, linebacker, LSU

6. New York Giants
Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos for No. 20 pick, No. 52 and a third-round pick in 2020)
Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonah Williams, offensive tackle, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary, defensive tackle, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons
Chris Lindstrom, guard, Boston College

15. Washington
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns in Odell Beckham Jr. trade)
Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers for pick No. 10)
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 30, 114 and 118)
Darnell Savage Jr., safety, Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens for pick Nos. 25, 125 and 197)
Andre Dillard, offensive tackle, Washington State

23. Houston Texans
Tytus Howard, offensive tackle, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears in Khalil Mack trade)
Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 22)
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma

26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick)
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys in Amari Cooper trade)
Johnathan Abram, safety, Mississippi State

28. Los Angeles Chargers
Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs in Frank Clark trade)
L.J. Collier, defensive end, TCU

30. New York Giants (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 37, 132 and 142)
Deandre Baker, cornerback, Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons (with pick No. 203 from Los Angeles Rams for pick Nos. 45, 79)
Kaleb McGary, offensive tackle, Washington

32. New England Patriots
N'Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State