49 Hours A look back at a wild Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft

On April 27, 2017 John Lynch began his first draft in the front office of an NFL team. By the end of the night, the San Francisco 49ers would draft two of the top three players on their board in Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster and acquire more picks in the process.

8:16 PM ET | Holding the No. 2 overall pick, the 49ers traded back one spot with the Chicago Bears in exchange for a third and fourth round pick in this year's draft and a 2018 third rounder. At No. 3, the 49ers selected DL Solomon Thomas from Stanford.
11:29 PM ET | Late in the first round, Lynch and his team made their second trade of the night, giving up the No. 34 selection and a fourth round pick (via Chicago) in exchange for Seattle’s No. 31. With the pick, the 49ers selected Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster
John Lynch on Thomas and Foster: "We got two of our top three players. We’re thrilled. We’re ecstatic. We think these guys have traits that encompass what we want to be about as a football organization."
10:20 AM PT | Reuben Foster on his impression of the 49ers: "Greatness. Greatness, man. I’m trying to be great, the next Patrick Willis, the next great linebacker in their history.”
Lynch on Foster: "I can tell you that this was a place where Reuben wanted to be. He indicated that numerous times."
11:30 AM PT | Foster on Lynch: " He’s a defensive guy so we’ve got an automatic bond."
11:45 AM PT | Thomas on being drafted by the 49ers: "It’s a team in the area. It’s a very close team. I love the area of San Francisco. I love the Bay Area"
Foster on relationship with Thomas: "I don’t know him as well, but I’m about to get real acquainted with him. We’re going to be best friends, trust me.”
Teammates Reunited: Thomas and 49ers guard Joshua Garnett played together at Stanford for two seasons.
12:40 PM PT | Thomas on Shanahan: "Coach Shanahan seems like an amazing man and an amazing coach, what he did at the Falcons. He’s a coach’s kid and I know how amazing he’s going to lead this team."
2:30 PM PT | Introductory Press Conference
Thomas on Foster: “We haven’t met before, but I’ve spent about 10 minutes with him and I already feel like he’s my brother.”
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