SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Having used his first two picks to shore up the entrance finish of San Francisco’s protection a day earlier, John Lynch turned his consideration to the secondary whereas persevering with to bolster his rising fame because the busiest common supervisor within the draft.
The 49ers drafted Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on Friday with the 66th general decide then made two extra trades, the final of which they used to maneuver again into the third spherical to seize Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Like first-rounders Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, there’s an excellent probability that Witherspoon will begin in 2017 whereas Beathard will again up Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.
“I feel we will throw him on the market subsequent yr and he can play,” Lynch stated of Witherspoon. “He’s demonstrated that he can cling with massive-time receivers. Led the nation I consider in cross breakups. He’s across the ball rather a lot and that’s one thing we like.”
San Francisco didn’t have a second-spherical decide after buying and selling it to Seattle as a part of a deal for the thirty first general decide on Thursday. Beathard was taken 104th general after Lynch’s second commerce of the day and fourth of the draft. San Francisco despatched the 109th and 219th picks on this yr’s draft to get the choice from Minnesota.
The 49ers additionally owned the 67th decide from a commerce with Chicago a day earlier however traded it to New Orleans in change for the Saints’ seventh-spherical decide this yr and a second-spherical choice in 2018.
Witherspoon’s choice comes as San Francisco tries to revamp a protection that completed final within the NFL a yr in the past.
Lynch used the third-general decide on defensive lineman Thomas from Stanford then moved again into the primary spherical to get Alabama linebacker Foster.
Including Witherspoon addresses a urgent want within the 49ers secondary. Tramaine Brock, a starter in 2016, was launched earlier this month after being arrested over an alleged home violence incident. Jimmie Ward is being moved to security.
Witherspoon led the nation with 22 cross breakups in 2016 and had three interceptions in three seasons at Colorado whereas enjoying proper cornerback. The 6-foot-three, 195-pound Witherspoon has performed inside and out of doors, although in San Francisco he’s more likely to keep on the surface the place his measurement may be a bonus.
“I can play each,” Witherspoon stated. “In school, individuals minimize down their splits so I’m primarily enjoying within the slot with plenty of inexperienced. I can play each and I intend to do…