Pretty much every 2019 mock NFL Draft has the San Francisco 49ers picking one of three players: Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen. Niner Noise breaks down who the best selection is for the 49ers of these three talented defenders.
The San Francisco 49ers are in arguably the best possible position of any of the teams picking in the top five in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The team struggled due to being so young and injured in 2018, but a lot of youngsters have shown plenty of promise and some have even set franchise and league records.
Tight end George Kittle is the best example, but he isn’t the only one. Players such as quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens, running back Matt Breida, wide receiver Dante Pettis, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, linebacker Fred Warner and defensive backs Ahkello Witherspoon, Marcell Harris and Adrian Colbert are some more names drafted, traded or signed as undrafted rookies that have either been consistently good (McGlinchey), shown their talent in glimpses that should improve with experience (Witherspoon) or have flashed potential as a starter despite being late round selections (Harris).
I haven’t even listed every name, that’s how much potential this 49ers roster has in its youth. Clearly there is a very bright future contained in this bunch of players.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t needs.
For me, the three most pressing needs are a pass-rusher (interior or EDGE but preferably an EDGE), the interior line and at linebacker. There are some second-tier needs, such as a big-bodied wide receiver and more secondary help, but I believe they aren’t as urgent as the first three.
Luckily for the Niners, they are spoiled for choice on their biggest need, as they are guaranteed to pick one of the three: Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams or Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen with the No. 2 overall selection unless they agree to trade down (a realistic prospect).
Mock drafts have consistently mocked one of these three men to the 49ers, and I will be attempting what could be considered foolhardy, comparing these three players to form an unbiased opinion on who would be the best selection.
Foolhardy, because these three aren’t even projected to be the same position! Bosa is an EDGE, Williams a defensive tackle and Allen an EDGE/linebacker-hybrid player.
To be fair, I’ve chosen categories that will avoid comparing them directly, stat-wise, and look at them in a broader point of view. To this end, I will be looking at potential, team fit, college production (relative to their position and schedule and not to one another) as well as looking overall at their last season of college.
I will awarding a point to the player who wins that particular comparison. Because who doesn’t like a meaningless points system?
Time to look at this incredibly exciting batch of potential 49ers.