With round five in the books, we break down the next two picks by the San Francisco 49ers.
First up was DE Aaron Lynch at pick #150 from South Florida. Many people view him as having first-round talent, but character issues dropped him pretty far down in the draft. Lynch acknowledged this as well.
49ers OLB Aaron Lynch (South Florida): “Everybody’s right. I am a first-round talent, but I made some mistakes in my past.”
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) May 10, 2014
It seemed there was plenty of interest there from Jim Harbaugh, and fortuntely for Lynch Harbaugh is very close friends with USF’s Willie Taggart.
49ers pick Aaron Lynch played for Willie Taggart at USF. Jim Harbaugh was best man in Taggart’s wedding. Taggart in Harbaugh’s wedding.
— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) May 10, 2014
Again, much like yesterday, this is a great value pick for the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, they have a great luxury that few others have in that they can wait for guys to develope despite character or injury issues.
Speaking of injured players that are great values (yea I know I sound like a broken record), look no further than San Francisco’s other fifth-round pick CB Keith Reaser from Florida-Atlantic (FAU). This is another one of those guys that will most likely ‘red-shirt’ since he underwent ACL surgery. According to Matt Maiocco:
He tore his left ACL in a game in October and got news at the NFL Scouting Combine during the medical check that he had re-torn his knee ligament. He underwent surgery Feb. 27 with a graft from his patellar tendon to begin his rehab from the beginning.
He comes with glowing reviews though, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock at the top of the list saying this kid has 4.3 speed. He also did 22 reps at the NFL Combine, tied for first among all conerbacks.
I hate to sound so agreeable, but it seems the front office has put together another great round. At this point all of San Francisco’s picks are luxury picks, though it would be nice to see a couple guys drafted that have two intact ACL’s. Again though, it’s all about value, and Baalke seems to have perfected that.