The 49ers didn’t hesitate things with the No. 2 pick in in the 2019 NFL draft. Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was the best player available, and he fit San Francisco’s biggest need. It’s impossible to grade the selection as anything other than an A.
Bosa is exactly what the 49ers needed from a 4-3 defensive end. He meets the size requirements, he’s strong enough to set the edge in the run game, and he’s a surgeon as a pass rusher with the necessary bend to turn the corner in the NFL.
It is rather easy to predict where Bosa will play. He’s a three down player who will line up on the edge opposite the newly acquired Dee Ford, whom the 49ers got from the Kansas City Chiefs.
The fact he doesn’t have any athletic measurables that jump off the page makes his pass rushing prowess that much more impressive. He is very explosive with a great first step and enough speed to beat tackles around the corner. It’s the small things that make Bosa a plug and play defensive end that should immediately wreak havoc on NFL offensive lines. He uses his hands well and has a bevy of well-honed moves and counters. No two sacks look the same when watching Bosa chase quarterbacks down.
Ultimately, the 49ers got lucky to be picking No. 2 overall, despite having a roster that isn’t a four win team when fully healthy. Then they had the optimal situation where the draft’s best player slipped to them, who also happened to fit their biggest need.
San Francisco needed a solid pick to start the 2019 draft, and they appear to have gotten one in Bosa.