One year ago, the 49ers made a hire that shocked the NFL. They hired John Lynch from the TV booth to be their new general manager. In that year, he almost changed the entire 49ers roster from the prior season. Only 23 players made it the end of the 2017 season. He made a move to grab the franchise quarterback the 49ers were in desperate need of and is looking to sign him long-term. This offseason, the 49ers look much more stable with John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan leading the organization compared to previous offseasons.
One of the biggest differences between Lynch and former GM Trent Baalke was their draft picks. Trent loved grabbing players coming off injuries in the middle rounds of the draft. Those were mostly misses and they affected the team’s depth. Players such as Marcus Lattimore were never able to get healthy to make an impact on the field. In his 1st draft, Lynch has hit on productive players that can continue to grow. WR Trent Taylor, TE George Kittle, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, and safety Adrian Colbert all played well and are good pieces to build around going forward.
John Lynch will try to continue his good draft record and find more key pieces in the upcoming draft. Finding a pass rusher, cornerback, and offensive line help will be top priorities for John and his team. With the 49ers ending their season on a high note, the team is primed to be a contender next season and a few key additions to the roster could be all it takes to get them back to the top of the NFC West.
Different feeling compared to past seasons | Finally some stability (Wagoner)
Marsh is a gamer | Cassius Marsh (Williams)
FA target list (Cohn)
That could be an interesting pick-up | Targeting Aqib Talib? (Biderman)
Revisit a classic | 5th Super Bowl (Fann)
Toss up between Lynch and Shanahan for best rookie | John Lynch may have been the best 49ers rookie (Barrows)
Finding a pass rusher would help this defense tremendously | Looking for a pass rush (Branch)
49ers at the Pro Bowl (Martin)
Should be improved next season | Areas to improve (Biderman)