The NFL Network draft analyst recently announced his initial top-50 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Two of football's biggest names have a clear mutual respect for one another. John Lynch recently shared praise for Ohio State's ability to produce NFL-ready prospects. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer voiced his admiration for the San Francisco 49ers general manager, tweeting out Lynch's quote with some context of his own.
"I came away from meetings with Ohio State players unbelievably impressed." the quote graphic reads, "Mentally, they were some of the most prepared players I have ever seen heading into the NFL Draft."
The words reflect the 49ers general manger's consistent openness and optimism in the 49ers evaluation process. Lynch's compliment for the Buckeye's top prospects is a direct reflection of the culture that Meyer has established in Columbus, Ohio.
While the specific players who met with Lynch were not revealed, there are several talented Buckeyes heading into the 2017 NFL Draft. Two of the most distinguished hail from Ohio State's secondary.
Safety Malik Hooker and cornerback Marshon Lattimore are both in the conversation as top-ten draft selections and each has been linked to the 49ers in recent mock drafts.
Another notable prospect is speedy wide receiver Curtis Samuel who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, third among all prospects.
The 49ers possess the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which takes place on April 27-29 in Philadelphia.