This would have to be a gift for San Francisco.
According to Football Outsiders, the 49ers have only a 1.5 percent chance of landing the top pick in the NFL Draft, meaning the chance to land the consensus No. 1 overall player in this year’s class appear slim to none.
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Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa likely goes tops in April’s draft, meaning the Niners would either have to trade up to the No. 1 spot or hope for a miracle of sorts, watching Bosa slip down in the order.
Here’s why Bosa would be so important to San Francisco, according to the Draft Network’s Joe Marino:
"San Francisco is in need of pass rush off the edge and Bosa is a blue chip talent that has the makings of a dynamic edge rusher in the NFL. He can be that Khalil Mack/Von Miller/Myles Garrett type of game-changing presence."
Since trading up is extremely unlikely for John Lynch given the context, let’s set the surprise gift instead. Here’s to hoping for the No. 3 overall pick in the draft order. And let’s also hope the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and/or the New York Jets somehow find a way to win in Week 17.
That wouldn’t get the 49ers a top selection automatically. But it could ultimately influence other teams’ efforts to trade up to grab one of only a few pro-ready quarterbacks. And that can get crazy, much like it did in 2016, which could push Bosa down towards San Francisco.
A gift? Absolutely. It would have to be one for the Niners to get their top need.