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49ers GM John Lynch: 'We're Open for Business'

Posted Apr 13, 2017

The 49ers GM confirmed on Wednesday that the team is considering every option for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

John Lynch has been steadfast in his approach to the No. 2 overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers general manager acknowledged it at the NFL Scouting Combine and reaffirmed the message at Wednesday’s local pro day: Every option is on the table and being considered.

That includes moving out of the second spot in the draft order. The 49ers are standing by the phone and will listen to all offers.

“There’s the traditional trade chart, (and) we’ve got one of our own,” Lynch said on Wednesday. “I think we know how we value that (pick). As I’ve said, we’re open for business. We’d listen to anything. But, I’ve always said you don’t like being 2-14, but you like having the second pick. I think it puts you in the driver’s seat with a lot of options at your disposal and we’ll explore every single one of them.”

Sure, this isn’t breaking news, but it is confirmation that San Francisco isn’t married to one particular strategy with the 2017 NFL Draft now just two weeks away. That’s partly because there is still work to be done.

The team continues to bring in prospects for visits and workouts. Washington’s Kevin King and Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie are both scheduled to be at 49ers headquarters next week, per Lynch. The pair of standout Pac-12 corners could be options for San Francisco in the second round at pick no. 34.

Lynch and Co. also continue to do their due diligence on this year’s quarterback prospects. The 49ers worked out North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky last week and hosted Clemson’s Deshaun Watson at the SAP Performance Facility on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit. Once their homework is complete on each prospect, that’s when the 49ers will have a better idea of whether or not they want to start wheeling and dealing draft picks.

Potential trade talks will heat up as the first round nears on April 27, but Lynch hinted that the phones are already starting to ring.

“Some of that’s gone on, but we’re not going to get into specifics on that. But there’s interest,” Lynch said. “Like I said, we’re going to look at every possible scenario and we’ve done that.”

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