49ers news: This draft was completely unprecedented for the Niners and John Lynch

John Lynch did something in this year’s draft he hadn’t done before: Nothing. This is correct. In each of his previous five rounds as the last word for the 49 list acquisition and capital allocation, he freely moved up and down the draft board, using players and selection as bargaining chips with abandon.

However, not this year. The team stood waiting, picked nine players out of the nine positions the team selected, and I’ll tell you now, although it’s not exactly exciting, this is very good news.

Brass has been talking for years about preventing leaks and keeping movements a secret, but I don’t think anyone would have expected that huge. Sure, for a anxious few minutes there, we had to sweat out the 10th pick, just in case the Jets were cocky enough to pounce on Deebo Samuel. But other than that, it looks like the phone in the war room may not have had service.

So, how do you explain such massive inclinations? Well, like every time you finish a draft, you end up learning a lot more about how the teams see themselves compared to how they view it from the outside. Everyone and their Uncle spent their entire slack season screaming about what the San Francisco 49ers need.

Strong security! Protect! center!

All of these positions had first-class players, but taking them would have required trading until the end of the first round or the beginning of the second. At 61 years old, the Niners seemed to miss all the players that would have made the most sense. Instead, they wait, and who should fall into their lap? Drake Jackson, DE, USC.

This should be surprising only in that it is not surprising. Jackson means the Niners have used their first draft pick on four defensive linemen from the past six years. He also appeared to fill in what the team saw as the biggest gap in defense, a fast-edge dash to book with Nick Bossa.

The team has spent a second round selecting a player to fill that role once before, and at least this time, it wouldn’t cost them an $85 million extension. The EDGE center in 2022 was very talented, as evidenced by the three that were selected in the top five, but also by depth. This is where the 49ers saw value, as they accurately predicted that an athletically talented player who could learn under Kris Kocurek would fall upon them.

This philosophy appears to apply to the entire draft. (Ty Davis-Price is out in the third round, but we know Shanahan has a very different philosophy about running backwards.) It quickly became clear that depth would be the name of the game, telling us they should be very comfortable with the state of the roster, especially when you look at how Dealing with free agency.

First, they filled the team’s most screaming, blatant, and clearly intimidating cornering needs, which would have been impossible in the draft without a big move up. After that, it seemed like they were content to attack the fancy locations along the Special Squad unit which had its share of problems. Of course, some of these players, like Ray-Ray McCloud or George Odom, can threaten to make a bigger impact, but time will judge there.

When you put all of this together with 20/20 hindsight, it can easily be concluded that the 49ers approached this draft with a complete top-down build-up plan. He says they believe in Mike McGlinchy’s recovery, the development of Aaron Banks, Alex Mack’s decision, the ability of Tarvarius Moore/Talanoa Huvonga, and the power of the Tri Lance star.

The belief seems to be that there were enough superstar talents in outstanding positions (Nick Bossa, Depo Samuel, Trent Williams) and enough sporting extremes in others (George Keitel, Fred Warner) that the greatest need was to increase the level of talent overall. Bringing players who can compete in a reserve goalkeeper position, center or back corner up top will pay off when it is least expected. However, the inevitable injuries do happen, as they always do.

So, let’s talk about how this approach points to good things on the horizon. The team just allows the project to come to them the way the Niners did in two very different circumstances. First, you are so completely devoid of talent that making moves for single players would be a waste of resources. Or, on the other hand, you are so satisfied with the team that is built that you can afford to play for the best player available / of little value.

When a front desk looks at a team that was minutes away from winning the NFC Championship about to hand the keys to the young, resourceful blue quarterback, stocking the locker as much as possible, what do you think that means?

The Super Bowl window is open, and that’s how you keep it that way.

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