John Lynch got his first draft off to a good start. The new San Francisco 49ers GM managed to trade down, add three good picks, and still get the guy he wanted.
The 49ers traded down with the Chicago Bears, going from two to three and acquiring a 2017 third rounder, fourth rounder, and a 2018 third rounder. The Bears appear desperate to get UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who they selected with the pick and may have feared was going to go to San Francisco or another team that could have been rumored to be dealing with the Niners for him. Lynch only saw his team move down one spot, and he selected Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, the player they were most-linked to all along. San Francisco is running a Seahawks-style defense now with new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, a former assistant under Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley, and Thomas could be the anchor of that D.
Chicago’s third round pick is 67th overall, which is definitely really good, especially in a class like this. Their fourth rounder is 111th overall. The 49ers now have 12 total picks.