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NFL draft: 49ers GM John Lynch on Nick Bosa's social media activity

/ by Matt Maiocco
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest news regarding Nick Bosa's social media activity.

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa suggested he made adjustments to his social media activity because some of his personal views are in conflict with the majority of the Bay Area.

But are Bosa’s opinions really an issue for the 49ers, who hold the No. 2 overall pick?

General manager John Lynch said Monday that the 49ers consider everything with every draft prospect. Although he did not get into specifics with Bosa, Lynch intimated that he does not foresee any issues arising from the views Bosa expressed on his Twitter account.

“I think that he’s a great teammate,” Lynch said of the Ohio State defensive end. “I’m not going to get too far because a lot can happen at [No. 1]. He can go one. In general, we spend a lot of time vetting these guys and everything about them. You put something into all of it.”

The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and long have been speculated to like Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. But Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams also are possibilities to be chosen No. 1 overall.

 

Lynch said the team will consider everything when evaluating a draft prospect.

“We try to be as thorough in the process as we can,” Lynch said. “That is something we look at it. We also look at what kind of teammate is he. What do his teammates think about him? And when I say ‘him,’ I’m speaking of any prospect.

“In particular, when you talk about guys who are going to go that high, you’ve vetted these guys in every way. You try to look at things like that. What kind of member of your organization will this guy be in every respect? You look at it all. We’ve done that with all the prospects.”

Lynch spoke before news of Bosa liking a friend's 2014 Instagram posts with racist, sexist and homophobic hashtags came to light Monday afternoon.

Lynch was in attendance for an Ohio State practice before the Rose Bowl. Bosa, who withdrew from school one month earlier after undergoing groin surgery, showed up at practice to see his former teammates. Lynch saw the outpouring of love from Ohio State teammates and coaches upon seeing Bosa for the first time since he left school.

Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters and area scout Steve Rubio had lunch with Bosa after the Ohio State pro day last month. Bosa also recently visited the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara.

“Nick is a heck of a player,” Lynch said. “He’s one we really enjoyed studying throughout this process.”

Bosa had been outspoken in holding Donald Trump in high esteem, referring to him as G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). In a recent interview with ESPN, Bosa said he stopped sharing his political views with one team in mind.

"I had to," said Bosa, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

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Bosa ended up deleting some of his polarizing social media posts, including when he called Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” in reference to Kaepernick’s form of protest against racial inequality for taking a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season.

Bosa’s views apparently have not been an issue in the past. He was a popular teammate on diverse teams from youth football to high school to college. Larry Johnson, the defensive line coach at Ohio State, alluded to Bosa’s background for the reason he fit in so well with teammates of every background.

“I think that’s the reason he can cross over any gender, any race, because he’s dealt with all that at such a young age,” Johnson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “You talk about a guy who doesn’t see color, that’s Nick Bosa. He doesn’t see color. He sees people. He sees what’s good in people.”