John Lynch On Draft, Trades, Staley

With the draft approaching, 49ers general manager John Lynch conducted a teleconference with the local media Monday where he revealed several interesting nuggets. When asked about a report from earlier today that he was shopping veterans Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt, and Marquise Goodwin, Lynch denied the first three but acknowledged the fourth.

Marquise is the one guy out of that group that you mentioned where there’s active discussions going on,” Lynch said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports.The other guys, we love and are really looking forward to playing with moving forward.” It hasn’t been any secret they’ve been looking to trade Goodwin, and we heard last month they’d likely have to end up cutting him. However Lynch claimed there has been legit interest, saying a Goodwin deal “came close a couple of times” this offseason. Goodwin had a career year with San Francisco in 2017 with 962 yards, but injuries sapped his effectiveness and in 2019 he had only 186.

Also late last month we heard longtime left tackle Joe Staley wasn’t necessarily committed to playing in 2020, although Lynch assuaged some of those fears. “We’ve heard nothing that would lead us to believe that Joe is not going to play. So we’re encouraged with that. We’ll see where that goes,” he said. While that still is far from ironclad, it looks like Staley returning for a 14th season is a good bet.

The 49ers hold the 13th and 31st picks in the draft, and there has been speculation they’ll look to trade down since they currently don’t have any selections in the second, third, or fourth-rounds. Lynch confirmed he has talked to teams about potentially trading both picks, per a Maiocco tweet.

However, he said he’d stand pat at 13 if the team could land a “difference maker.” Lynch said that he and head coach Kyle Shanahan have so far identified six players they’d draft with the 13th pick before opting to trade down, Matt Barrows of The Athletic tweets.

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48 comments on “John Lynch On Draft, Trades, Staley

  1. TJECK109

    Legitimate interest that is coming off a lost season is generating interest in a WR heavy draft.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    “he said he’d stand pat at 13 if the team could land a “difference maker.”

    You had a “difference maker” in Buckner, moron!

      • crosseyedlemon

        They will end up spending that $21 million on two players who together, won’t be half the player Buckner is.

        • king beas

          One would have to think that $21 mil is going towards a new deal for kittle and with a stacked d line I think an offensive weapon is needed to keep around more

          • claude raymond

            They’ve already spent much of it keeping Ward, Bourne, breida, etc. I know I’m missing someone

      • Afk711

        He’s way better than Armstead who signed for a good chunk of change as well.

    • Thronson5

      Everyone thinks they are a GM. Year 3 on the job and he’s completely transformed this team and they made the super bowl so no he’s not a moron

      • crosseyedlemon

        If I’m not mistaken you yourself thought trading Buckner was a bad idea. The Rams reached the SB and promptly regressed the next year. If the Niners do likewise (and I think they will) that may not prove the GM is a moron but it will certainly call into question some of his recent decisions, with the Buckner trade topping the list.

        • king beas

          The rams also didn’t plan for the future at all while the 49ers added picks that will be on a rookie deal for 5 years while saving money to extend other players. The rams used up all their cap space and traded all their picks and regressed. If the 49ers regress they still have cap space and draft picks

        • Thronson5

          Yea I definitely hated seeing Buckner go. But after my initial shock, I thought it was very smart, couldn’t pay the guy so got a solid pick for him. I personally love the job Lynch is doing, he’s going a great job. There will always be moves as a fan that we don’t like, get attached to players, especially someone who produces like Buckner has but big picture it makes sense

          • crosseyedlemon

            I respect your opinion but to me trading your top talent just because they have finally got themselves into a position where they can get their true market value doesn’t make much long term sense. When you do that your basically gambling that you can hit the jackpot in the next draft lottery. I don’t think GMs planning to have long careers are going to be anxious to take those kinds of risks.

  3. tedtheodorelogan

    If anyone offers 2 balls of lint and a half smoked Marlboro Red for Goodwin you better jump on that deal.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    Trade Dee Ford and a 5th/6th for a 2nd and a 3rd

    Draft Javon Kinlaw at 13, and draft a WR at 31..

    They currently have 4 DE, Bosa, Armstead, Ford and Thomas. Thomas is currently listed as a DT cause of the Buckner trade. By drafting Kinlaw you get yourself a really solid young DT and Thomas can go back to being a DE. 4 doesn’t go into 2 so trade Ford for extra picks and Solomon Thomas plays as 3rd DE/DT. Dee Ford is also 29 making him the oldest of the bunch too.
    Kinlaw (22) Armstead (26) Bosa (22) Thomas (24) and then Alexander (25) make a stacked defensive front that’s also really young.

    Now that defensive front is done, draft a WR at 31, Justin Jefferson if he’s available would be great, otherwise Tee Higgins, Shenault, Hamler, Aiyuk and Reagor should all be avliable. Then later in the draft grab a CB, some offensive tackles/guards and maybe another receiver down in the 4th/5th aswell

    • jeremy

      if they dont trade one of those 1st or even a player. we wont have another pick till the 5th round. so i cant see them use both 1st unless they have other plans to get more picks

    • jeremy

      seeing as we dont have picks till the 5th round after our 1st. i dont see them using both 1st. ill be surprise if they dont trade one or both.

    • Simmons>Russ

      Read the first line, I recommend they make a trade to get a 2nd and a 3rd for Dee Ford.
      Niners don’t have that much holes to fill.
      Taking a DL and WR with their first two picks solves two issues. After that they need a CB and some depth at O line, which they can do with the picks from the Ford trade

      • “Read the first line I recommended they make a trade to get a 2nd and 3rd for Ford.” I love the recommendation and the optimism. Sadly here in the real world Dee Ford was traded for a 2nd last year, was given a big contract, and played less than a quarter of the defensive snaps last year due to injury. And after all of that you think they are getting a 2nd AND 3rd for him?! Again I love the optimism but there is zero chance that comes close to happening.

    • king beas

      Dee Ford isn’t an asset. Like you said he’s 29 and coming off injury with a huge contract I don’t see why teams would line up to trade for that. Jags have a guy who’s 25 and healthy he’s the better option if someone were to trade for an edge rusher

      • Simmons>Russ

        Yannick wants out, and he’s only on a 1 year deal which hurts the leverage the Jags have and they are asking for a first. Now Yannick is getting annoyed and wants pity despeately.
        Dee Ford is atleast a proven player and if fit is really solid. Plus if you trade for him you have him for a long time

  5. rycm131

    In my 2020 Mock Draft aka “Rockin’ Randy’s Mock Draft” I have the 9ers taking Tua Tongolovia with the 13th pick. You’ve heard it here first!

    • dynamite drop in monty

      Isn’t your “rockin shockin pick pocketin” draft the one that has Buffalo somehow trading for #5 to pick a guy they could
      Get in the second round?

    • dcahen

      Why do they need Tua. That would be a wasted pick to make the net for the Buckner even worse. Garrapolo was the best trade SF ever made, when he was hurt in 2018 they stunk, he came back & took them to the SB. Yeah, to follow that up, let’s dump him.

      • rycm131

        Trade Jim G. He’s to expensive and not producing enough. Tua Tongue is cheap and better

      • ayrbhoy

        Dcahen- I’m a little bias being a Hawks fan but imo it was your defense and your running game that took you to the SB. I was impressed with your Coaches clever play calling this yr, that has certainly improved over the past couple seasons.

        Garrapolo is young so he can definitely improve but there were many times last year where Jimmy panicked then made terrible decisions. I was at that MNF game with my 49ers pal at Levi’s where the Seahawks won in OT. Jimmy made so many bad decisions in that game, he’s lucky he only turned the ball over 3 times – K.J. Wright and B Wagner dropped sure INTs late in that game and Griffin’s early pick was overturned by a penalty. Jimmy was lucky his defense kept him in the game that night. It wasn’t just that Hawks game either, I live in CA and I see plenty of SF games on TV. Personally I’d say you made the SB despite Jimmy G!!

    • jeremy

      so you want a qb coming off a big injury. when they already have a guy who had near 4,000 yards and 27 Tds. that be a waste of a pic. when they have other needs like wr and picks!!! if they dont trade one or both 1st or even a player . the next pick they have is a 5th round.

          • rycm131

            When the best are throwing 60 tds, 27 isn’t even half. That’s like a baseball player hitting 60 fingers a year and you’re running Hendunoit there with 18 hrs as your best player. Jim G. Is a poor mans Dave Henderson

            • jeremy

              the best? most some one had was 36. what are you talking about 60. jimmy g was tied for 5th in the NFL.

  6. jeremy

    whatever they do i trust it because other than the first draft they had as a 49er they had soild drafts ever since.

  7. Yep it is

    The difference maker they need who doesn’t choke in the Super Bowl. Up 10 points run for 5 yards and start throwing with 5 minutes left. He has Marty Schottenheimer written all over him. Great coach chokes in the ones that matter.

  8. bravesfan88

    Take CeeDee Lamb, Jeudy, or Kinlaw!!

    Then, trade back from 31, gather a 2nd, and late 3rd or early 4th, and another 6th..

    Then, start filling in other needs using the absurd depth from this year’s draft..

    49ers will be perfectly fine, they’re in an excellent position to win now and the next couple seasons…

    And for those still somehow complaining about the Buckner trade, they just couldn’t afford him. Also, it wasn’t the 49ers D that lost them the superbowl, it was their offense.

    Yes, losing DeFo hurts like crazy, but if it gets them CeeDee or Jeudy, a true #1 type talent to pair with Kittle and Deebo, then you have to make that trade easily!!

    They can replace DeFo with a mixture of Jones, Blair, Thomas, Taylor, and Street. They had some absurd depth at DL last season, but they were just crucified by countless injuries..Their DL will still be an absolute force this season, they need desperately need another 1b WR to replace and perform even better than E-Man Sanders moving forward…Jeudy, with his incredible ability to run perfect routes and gain separation, could fit Shanny’s offense perfectly, but it remains to be seen if he will be available at #13…

    I guess we will see soon either way..

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