Round 1, No. 2: Safety Jamal Adams
Who and where they actually drafted: Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, No. 3
Right off the bat is where I see the difference already happening between the two regimes. I do not believe Baalke makes the same move as Lynch does, as it was an absolutely fleecing of the Chicago Bears (when was the last time you remember Baalke ‘win’ a trade?), nor do I think Baalke is aggressive as Lynch was.
During his time heading the 49ers, it was basically almost always defense in the first round for Baalke — in five of the seven drafts as general manager, it was defense first.
Baalke heavily considers linebacker Reuben Foster here at No. 2, but is eventually scared off by Foster’s injured shoulder as he knows he cannot afford to select another injured player to only see that individual never make an impact.
Baalke decides to go with the next best defensive player not named Myles Garrett, and selects the hard-hitting safety out of LSU, Jamal Adams. It’s a safe pick for Baalke, one that he hopes will sew up the secondary’s patches and ensure his spot as general manager.