49ers willing to trade No. 2 draft pick
John Lynch says the 49ers are “open for business” if any team wants to trade for the No. 2 overall draft pick. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Not only are the 49ers considering trading out of the No. 2 draft spot, general manager John Lynch said Wednesday that “there’s interest” from potential takers.
“We’re open for business. We’ll listen to anything,” Lynch said after the 49ers held a local pro day workout for draft prospects.
The 49ers are slated to draft behind the Cleveland Browns, and Lynch described both teams’ situations as “fluid.”
Defensive end Myles Garrett is the prohibitive favorite to be taken first overall by the Browns, although an ESPN report Wednesday noted that they may be interested in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Lynch, a first-time general manager, digested that scenario by understanding that no matter how valid it may be, rumors often circulate ahead of the draft to misdirect teams.
“We’ve worked Mitch out and there’s a lot to like about him. I also know it’s that time of year,” Lynch said. “We have 15 days, and a lot can happen in those days. It’s fluid for us, and I’m sure it’s fluid for them and everyone else.”
Could the 49ers trade spots with the Browns and draft first for the first time since 2005, when they took Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers?
“We’ll look at every possible scenario,” Lynch responded.
“I’ve always said you don’t like being 2-14, but you like having the second pick,” Lynch added. “It puts you in the driver’s seat and gives you a lot of options and we’ll explore every single one of them.”
Lynch said the 49ers do not intend to host Garrett as one of their alloted 30 pre-draft vistors, contrary to what Garrett said recently. Lynch attended Garrett’s pro day workout at Texas A&M on March 30, and they visited both there and at February’s scouting combine.
“We’ve spent our time with him and we’re good,” Lynch said of Garrett.
Another pass rusher Lynch praised is Tennessee’s Derek Barnett, whose production in the SEC was noted by Lynch.
As for quarterback prospects, Lynch and the 49ers have worked out or attended the pro days of the top five candidates: Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Cal’s Davis Webb, the latter of whom had what Lynch called a “nice workout” Tuesday for the 49ers with Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen.
Lynch said of the QB crop: “We’ve looked at it from every angle, and from the beginning, I thought that maybe the perception that this isn’t a real strong quarterback class, that’s in the eyes of the beholder. We have our own feelings. There’s a lot that we like. We’ve put in the work. That’s a position where seeing it live and in person is helpful to me. Kyle (Shanahan) feels the same way.”
How much do the 49ers need a quarterback? Well, Lynch reinforced that the NFL is a “quarterback-driven league,” and, “as long as Kyle and I are here, we’re going to be searching for one of those guys. But we’re really excited to see what Brian (Hoyer) and Matt (Barkley) can do. They sense the opportunity at hand and they’re both working really hard to take advantage of it, and that excites us.”