John Dickinson


Lynch & Co. Come Away With Thomas, Foster; Add Picks

John Dickinson
April 28, 2017 - 6:00 am

49ers general manager John Lynch impressed with his first round selections in Thursday night’s NFL Draft.

Lynch first selected Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas #3 overall after swapping picks with the Bears in a move where the 49ers shifted down from #2 to #3 and acquired a third round pick (67th overall) in this year’s draft along with a fourth rounder (111th overall) and a 2018 third rounder as well.

Lynch discussed how the trade with Chicago went down.

Lynch told reporters the 49ers were able to pick two of the top three players on their draft board in the first round and spoke about both of his round one picks saying when he thinks of Solomon Thomas he thinks of, "speed and quickness and disruption." Lynch also noted that Reuben Foster was, "my kind of player... plays sideline to sideline... will hit everything that moves."

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan addressed how Solomon Thomas may be used in the San Francisco defense.

Shanahan also spoke about what made him fall in love with Reuben Foster.

The selection of Foster comes with character concerns. Foster was asked to leave the NFL Scouting Combine in March, and had tested positive for a diluted urine sample. John Lynch was asked about those character concerns at Thursday night’s press conference.

The 49ers are scheduled to be back on the clock Friday with back-to-back picks in the third round at 66th and 67th overall. The 49ers dealt their second round pick (34th overall) to Seattle along with the 4th round pick (111th overall) they obtained from the Bears on Thursday night in the swap to move down from number two to number three.

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