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NFL rumors: Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch have demoralized 49ers' scouts

NFL rumors: Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch have demoralized 49ers' scouts

The 49ers begin training camp Friday, bringing the team together for the start of what will be a critical season for the franchise and the two people at the head of it.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch are entering the third year of their six-year contracts, and after posting a combined record of 10-22 over the first two seasons, the pressure is mounting.

Some people thrive under pressure. Some wilt under it. While it remains to be seen which category the two men in charge of leading San Francisco back to its former lofty heights fall into, we know for certain that they'll face plenty of it this coming season.

And, according to Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne, that pressure already is being felt within the front office.

Dunne references an anonymous former team staffer who conveys there's an ongoing rift between the 49ers' scouting and coaching staffs, due to the fact that the former reportedly is frequently being overruled by the latter. While it isn't unusual for a head coach or a GM to have the final say in an NFL franchise, the former staffer suggests what's occurred in San Francisco has gone over that line.

Specifically, the staffer mentions the NFL draft process, and certain selections that have been made under the Shanahan-Lynch regime that have either gone against scouts' recommendations, or made those scouts feel increasingly marginalized.

"Where Lynch sees 'synergy,' " Dunne wrote, "others see an imbalance. With Shanahan wielding so much control, coaches are far, far more empowered on draft day. As the staffer puts it, it is literally the scouts' jobs to study prospects two years at a time, so 'to see your work not valued as highly is demoralizing.'

"Voices are being heard," the staffer added, "but they're not the right voices."

To illustrate this disconnect, Dunne points to three specific draft selections made by Shanahan and Lynch: Solomon Thomas, Joe Williams and 2019 No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa.

First, Thomas. The defensive lineman was the first draft pick of the new regime, selected No. 3 overall in 2017, ahead of future Pro Bowl quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson. However, Dunne suggests that selection went against the scouts' recommendations.

"A handful of 49ers scouts who watched Thomas in person several times never viewed him as a top-five pick," Dunne wrote, "and the former staffer cannot recall one serious conversation about taking a quarterback."

As for Williams, the 49ers selected the running back in the fourth round of that same 2017 draft, despite the fact that he wasn't even on their draft board. That Shanahan pushed for his selection nonetheless -- and ultimately got his way -- reportedly was not received well among the scouts.

"Elsewhere, running back Joe Williams wasn't even on the draft board that same year, and scouts ripped him to shreds for quitting on his team in college,” Dunne writes. “But Shanahan loved him, so the 49ers picked him in the fourth round."

When San Francisco went on the clock with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, some scouts reportedly wanted the team to consider Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (who ultimately went No. 3 overall), "but the choice was Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa all the way."

Now, to be fair, Dunne also points to some successful picks made by Lynch and Shanahan's regime, in which they or another coach made the ultimate determination. For instance, he mentions how Shanahan pinpointed tight end George Kittle early in the 2017 draft process, and how linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans identified Fred Warner’s robust promise at the scouting combine.

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Still, though, the collective tendency of Lynch, Shanahan and the coaching staff to overrule the scouts reportedly has had a cumulative effect, large enough to cause them to sour on their current positions.

"Some scouts, feeling powerless," Dunne stated, "are considering leaving when their contracts expire."

If the 49ers have the kind of season that Lynch and Shanahan hope, the seats will cool and the pressure will subside. But if it goes the other way, and they fail to take a step or two forward, expect plenty of heads to roll, coaches and scouts alike.

NFL odds: 49ers' Nick Bosa co-favorite to win Defensive Rookie of Year

NFL odds: 49ers' Nick Bosa co-favorite to win Defensive Rookie of Year

The 49ers drafted Nick Bosa to help their pass rush, along with newly acquired Dee Ford.

Bosa arguably was the most talented player in this year's NFL draft, and the 49ers jumped at the opportunity to select him at No. 2 after the Arizona Cardinals took quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. 

It seems the fine folks in Las Vegas -- who know a thing or two about making money -- also believe Bosa is the best rookie in this draft class. At least, on the defensive side of the ball. 

Bosa currently is listed as the co-favorite to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, per Caesar's Palace Sports Book. New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams also is listed as a co-favorite to take home the award at +400.

Across the Bay, Clelin Ferrell, whom the Raiders selected with the No. 4 overall pick, currently sits with the fifth-best odds, along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White.

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It's only May, but if Vegas knows anything, the 49ers hit a home run with their first-round pick.

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

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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