With the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select…
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa EDGE | Ohio State
Damn. That Jimmy Garoppolo injury was brutal for San Francisco last year. Losing your starting quarterback early in the season usually doesn’t bode well for your final overall record, and that’s a big reason why the 49ers are picking in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year. The 49ers picked a bad year to be bad. After trading for Dee Ford this offseason and having already drafted a defensive lineman in the first round in three of the previous four drafts, the 49ers now prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft, which features one of the best defensive line classes in recent history. Sure, San Francisco has needs, but it is way too early to draft a wide receiver or help in the secondary at this point. Still, the 49ers haven’t had a top 10 finish in sacks since 2011, so if the 49ers keep this pick, look for them to scoop up the best overall player in this year’s draft, Ohio State defensive end, Nick Bosa.
Pairing Bosa with the newly acquired Dee Ford on the outside, will make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks, especially those in the NFC West. Nick Bosa is a spitting image of his older brother Joey, a former #3 overall pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2016. Joey won Defensive Rookie of the Year that year posting 10.5 sacks in only 12 games, and has added another 18 in the 2 years since then. Joey Bosa’s 28.5 sacks over the last 3 seasons is more than the 49ers Solomon Thomas (#3 overall pick in 2017) and Arik Armstead’s (#17 overall pick in 2015) career sacks COMBINED. If the 49ers can get similar production out of Joey’s little brother Nick, I think they’ll be pretty happy with this pick.