49ers NFL Draft strategy No. 1: Let the draft come to you, John Lynch
There’s an understandable argument between teams simply “grabbing the best player available” regardless of positional need against the argument of “drafting for position.”
Aside from a backup tight end, perhaps, the 49ers could stand to reinforce or upgrade almost every other spot on the roster in one way or another. So, with it being nearly anyone’s guess how the draft board will pan out over the course of the first 60 picks, good luck trying to figure out who’ll be available when the Niners’ number is called for the first time.
John Lynch doesn’t have to overthink this. While there may not be a clear-cut starter at that spot, there’s a strong likelihood a high-caliber player will be available at No. 61 anyway. Especially with the understanding this year’s NFL Draft is awfully fluid outside of the top 10 picks, or so, and those first-round talents who could easily slip into Round 2.
In this case, Lynch shouldn’t hesitate about simply grabbing the best player available, so long as it checks off one of San Francisco’s boxes.
There’s no need to reach for any one particular player. No need to pass on a superior talent for someone who checks off a larger positional desire.