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2014 NFL Draft results: 49ers draft Aaron Lynch, DE/OLB, USF

The San Francisco 49ers made their third pick of day three, using a fifth round pick on USF DE/OLB Aaron Lynch. The 49ers have four picks remaining.

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The San Francisco 49ers continued to stack up their depth options, drafting Aaron Lynch out of South Florida. He was announced as a defensive end, but it sounds like he'll make the move to outside linebacker in a similar fashion to Aldon Smith. Lynch ha crazy wingspan, and a ton of potential, but it sounds like people were down on him as a higher pick because of attitude and desire questions. That's something we'll learn about, but whether he's working with Jim Leavitt or Jim Tomsula, he'll get a strong coaching staff behind him. Of course, it's hard to figure out what to value with "character concerns" when you're talking about young kids coming out of college. But it's something to keep on your radar.

Here is a comparison:

COMPARES TO: Quinton Coples, DE, New York Jets - It's hard to find an NFL comp for a guy who possesses physical tools that most players would only dream of having, yet doesn't appear to be very motivated to maximize them. The reason it's hard to find a comp for such a player is because most of those guys either never make it, or simply don't last long at the next level.

One player who may be considered a success story to some extent, however, is Coples, who, like Lynch, entered the league amidst great skepticism regarding his chances of being an NFL success, due to a lack of consistent interest and effort on tape despite possessing freakish physical tools.

1. First round: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
2. Second round: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
3. Third round: Marcus Martin, C/OG, USC
4. Third round: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

5. Third round: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
6. Fourth round: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

7. Fourth round: Dontae Johnson, DB, NC State
8. Fifth round: Aaron Lynch, DE/OLB, South Florida
9. Fifth round: own - No. 30 (No. 170 overall)
10. Sixth round: Browns (draft day trade) - No. 4 (No. 180 overall)
11. Seventh round: Panthers (Colin Jones trade) - No. 28 (No. 243 overall)
12. Seventh round: own - No. 30 - (No. 245 overall)