The NFL 2020 Draft will run as planned – albeit remotely – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping 49ers general manager John Lynch busy during the on-site hospitalization order in California.
Visits in person with potential customers at the team facility or elsewhere are interrupted, but Lynch said he was able to take full advantage of watching films about potential choices while working from his home office.
“People have much bigger problems than we can tell you,” Lynch told Peter King of NBC Sports for his “Football Morning in America” column. “This year is very different from any scout year and GM have obviously had all the challenges. But at this time of year, what you really need is time.
“The other day, [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] he called and said, “It’s amazing! I’m doing so much.” And he’s right. He and I, at this time of year, would watch this tape in our offices, and the difference is that our doors aren’t knocked 50 times a day. I’m really doing a lot. “
Lynch and Shanahan have more prospects to look into than a month ago. The 49ers acquired another choice on the first lap – the # 13 ever – when they swapped the dominant defensive line defender DeForest Buckner with the Colts of Indianapolis. San Francisco, before then, was scheduled to make its first choice with general selection no. 31.
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That additional preparation could also have included viewing the Louisville Mekhi Becton, whose cardinals were on the screen in the footage that Lynch was watching during a video posted on social media last week showing how he was preparing for the draft at home. The offensive linesman is expected to be in the top 10 in the next month, and Lynch simply wouldn’t have had many reasons to watch him with the first 49er pick ready for the end of the first round.
We will get to know some of the players that Lynch, Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers followed closely when the NFL draft begins on April 23rd. The 49ers currently have seven choices: two in the first round, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.