John Lynch Explains Why NFL Draft Played Out Perfectly for 49ers

Jason Schandl
49ers GM John Lynch explains why the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft went exactly according to plan.
49ers GM John Lynch explains why the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft went exactly according to plan. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

When the San Francisco 49ers traded DeForest Buckner for the No. 13 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, fans were excited at the prospect of landing one of the top wideouts in the loaded class — either Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb or Henry Ruggs III.

The 49ers instead took defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, using their second first-round pick to take wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. This move may have surprised fans, but according to GM John Lynch, the first round couldn't have gone any better.

The media was discussing Aiyuk as a borderline first or second-round pick while Lamb was considered a top-two WR in the class, so it's quite a surprise to see that Lynch had the two neck-and-neck at the top of the 49ers draft board.

Reports even indicate that if Kinlaw were off the board and the Niners couldn't find a partner to trade down, they may have been willing to pull the trigger on Aiyuk at No. 13. So while it did cost San Francisco to jump up from 31 to 25, that doesn't seem to have been any concern for Lynch.

Whether 49ers fans were initially excited about Aiyuk or not, it's hard not to be impressed with how expertly John Lynch navigated the first round to make sure he locked up the organization's top two first-round draft targets.

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