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49ers draft Aaron Lynch in the fifth-round of NFL Draft

Aaron Lynch
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The 49ers selected Aaron Lynch with their first of two fifth-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Lynch was initially a DE at South Florida, but could project as an outside linebacker.

Lynch has some amazing size and strength at 6-5, 249 pounds which would translate into a monster OLB at the NFL level. Some have questioned his character concerns, which is why his stock fell throughout the draft.

If Vic Fangio and the 49ers coaching staff can motivate him, Lynch has the athleticism which could be dangerous and is worth a fifth-round flyer.

The 49ers brought Lynch in for a pre-draft visit

Lynch transferred to South Florida from Notre Dame following his freshman year in 2011 after racking up 7.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries for the Fighting Irish.

In light of his promising 2011 display, many assumed the Cape Coral native would be a one-and-done dominant force in the AAC during the 2013 season, and would command top 25 consideration in the 2014 draft. The one-and-done part turned out to be correct, but Lynch was a far cry from the explosive disrupter at South Florida that his freshman tape showed, as he appeared technically sloppy, disinterested and downright bored at times.

He also dropped in weight a bit, and didn't appear to possess the same power that had previously shown. There's no doubt that Lynch has similar tools and natural ability that some of the NFL's best defensive linemen possess, but does he have the drive, discipline and desire to rebound from a disappointing NCAA curtain call?

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