Many believe the Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch connection begins with Lynch, a Hall of Fame safety who played for Shanahan’s father in Denver. However, the 49ers general manager believes his team-building philosophy actually began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While there was no overlap between Lynch’s time playing for Tampa Bay and the 49ers’ head coach’s time as quality control coach there, time with the Buccaneers helped shape how the two would create San Francisco’s roster by take it on in 2017.

“In Tampa, clearly, things started from the beginning,” Lynch explained during the 49ers game. Franchise Status event. “That was very much the philosophy, and it’s easy to have that philosophy when you have guys like Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice. It helped us win a Super Bowl, and it’s something I’ve always believed in.”

The 49ers selected at least one defensive lineman in five of the six drafts Lynch and Shanahan have run. They’ve used their first pick on a defensive lineman in four of those drafts.

“And I think in football today, it’s set up right now for the offense to be so successful,” Lynch admitted. “I really think it’s the great equalizer to have a dominant defensive line. It’s the only thing you can dictate, and Kyle has the same philosophy. So, we continued to add things. We had some good pieces when we played.” he came here for the first time. We continue to add more each year, and it has served us well.”

The 49ers used their first pick this year, a second-round pick, at defensive end. drake jackson. He’s a player they hope can one day serve as a long-term anchor against the phenom. Nick Bosa.

“Drake has been great, just getting him there,” Shanahan said. “OTAs are always different. We’re not doing as much O-line, D-line and stuff, so you can’t see everything you want from those guys. But when it’s been in, it’s been exactly as advertised. I want say, the movement, what it can do.

“I like to joke that we like to stock up on defensive linemen here, and we’ll just worry about the offensive pieces and everything else later. Like, ‘Are you sure we need our 18th defensive lineman?’ But if they’re that good, yeah, nothing else matters.

“When you sit there [at] choose 61, the odds are very small. You don’t see a lot of guys jumping off the screen who don’t make the top 20 picks. … The first time we saw Drake, he was like the 10th D-line player that we saw because we got out of projection of him. [of] where could they go But his tape was better than the nine we saw before him.”

Shanahan adds that he sees the ability in Jackson to be a standout defensive lineman in the NFL.