“We’re prepared. We’re ready”: John Lynch shares numbers from 49ers’ thorough pre-draft process

Apr 26, 2021 at 2:33 PM--


Much of the focus is on the San Francisco 49ers' first-round pick at No. 3 overall. That was the biggest topic of conversation during Monday's pre-draft press conference with general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. However, the team also possesses eight other selections in later rounds. They aren't just trying to make the most informed decision with their top pick, but they are trying to hit on every pick, ensuring the team can remain competitive for years to come.

Lynch shared some interesting numbers before taking questions from reporters. Obviously, this year's pre-draft process, like last year's, is different from the typical offseason due to the ongoing pandemic. Still, the 49ers have been very busy.

Here are just a few of the numbers that Lynch shared during Monday's Zoom call.

  • The 49ers attended 176 games and practices despite travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
  • The 49ers "essentially" saw every player of note who didn't opt-out of the 2020 collegiate season.
  • The 49ers took part in nearly 400 Zoom calls with schools. They also made "countless" calls and texts to gain background information.
  • The 49ers interviewed nearly 600 draft prospects via Zoom or phone.
  • The 49ers covered 128 separate pro days.
  • The 49ers have roughly 168 draftable players on their draft board.
  • The 49ers gave physicals to 150 prospects — the maximum number allowed this year. The number was reduced from 350 due to the pandemic.

"It's been a collective effort," Lynch said. "We're prepared. We're ready. Looking forward to finishing our preparation, and looking very forward to a great opportunity to get better for the 49ers, come Thursday night."





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