“If you aren’t always learning, shame on you, shame on us,” Lynch said via the Athletic’s Matt Barrows. “I think with Reuben, I think we somewhat accounted for him by where we drafted him. I think we had him at a certain (draft) value. We didn’t draft him there. That doesn’t excuse us. It’s a shame. We’re very happy to have Kwon Alexander, but that came at a heavy price. We would have much preferred to have Reuben still playing. So, of course, you learn lessons. And if you don’t, like I said, shame on you. You work hard to identify, ‘What is the lesson that you learned?’ We know in-house what those lessons are.”
The 49ers have tried to be more cautious drafting players with potential character concerns and have emphasized that in their scouting.
“You learn something every year,” Lynch said. “I think the most important thing, you impart upon your scouts, upon your staff is, ‘We have to be as thorough as humanly possible.’ Anything we can learn about these guys is valuable information. I’m real proud of the work we’ve done with our staff to get as much information to be equipped to make as good a decision as possible.”
- Per Steve Wyche, Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson was not at the start of Cardinals OTAs.
- Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury says he was aware Peterson was not going to be in attendance for OTAs. He added attendance is voluntary and Peterson isn’t going anywhere. (Darren Urban)
- Kingsbury says the Cardinals still have not finalized who they’re taking with the No. 1 overall pick: “We’re still working through things. It is a process. I wouldn’t say the hay is in the barn.” (Wyche)
- Per Myles Simmons, Rams GM Les Snead says the team has had discussions about trading back from No. 31, but adds: “We have to be prepared to pick at 31.”