49ers draft South Florida DE Aaron Lynch with 150th overall

49ers draft South Florida DE Aaron Lynch with 150th overall
May 10, 2014, 11:15 am
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Aaron Lynch recorded 5.5 sacks in 2011 at Notre Dame and six sacks in 2013 at South Florida. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers drafted a pass-rusher in the fifth round with the selection of outside linebacker Aaron Lynch of South Florida at No. 150 overall.

Aaron Lynch
Outside linebacker
South Florida
6 foot 5
249 pounds
Selection: Fifth round, No. 150 overall

Chosen ahead of . . . TE Arthur Lynch (Georgia), CB Shaquille Richardson (Arizona), QB A.J. McCarron (Alabama), QB Aaron Murray (Georgia).

College career: Began his college career at Notre Dame, where he recorded 5.5 sacks in 2011. He reportedly experienced personal issues, including feeling homesick, and transferred to South Florida, where he recorded five sacks last season after sitting out a year.

Scouting report: One scout told CSNBayArea.com that the 49ers got the “steal of the draft” with the fifth-round selection of Lynch. He is immensely talented, but his stock dropped considerably due to questions surrounding his character and work ethic.

“Lynch is extremely naturally gifted with the frame, length and athleticism to make an impact at the next level, but his NFL future depends on his drive to reach his full potential. He might have peaked as a freshman and his questionable attitude and work ethic might keep him from ever reaching that level again. Lynch has workable tools and could be a worthy mid-round investment if he’s put in a situation that keeps him motivated – will be graded vastly different by teams” – NFLDraftScout.com

How he fits: There is no questioning his physical attributes. He’s 6-foot-5 with 34-inch arms. With Aldon Smith’s status for this season in question, the 49ers might need someone to add something to the team’s pass rush. The 49ers brought him to Santa Clara for a visit as they studied his reported character issues. Lynch can give the 49ers a top pass-rusher as part of a rotation on the defensive line in nickel situations.