The 49ers couldn’t be happier Nick Bosa falls into their collective lap at No. 2 overall.
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San Francisco has plenty of needs this offseason, but an elite pass-rusher could solve a number of woes on the defensive side of the ball. Sack production is one such area. Last year, the Niners picked up 37 sacks, which tied for 22nd in the league. And while Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner picked up 12.0 of those, his presence would be made even more potent with a solid edge rush.
Right now, the 49ers don’t have one. They would with Bosa, who is still widely seen as the top prospect in this year’s draft class.
Bosa’s presence should take pressure off a beleaguered secondary, which recorded just two interceptions a year ago. And he’d be a final key piece in a San Francisco defensive line that includes three former first-round NFL Draft picks, Buckner included.
There’s a mock draft out there suggesting the Niners will add Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary. Gary is talented, yes. But he’s not a top-five player, and the 49ers already have a similar player in defensive end Solomon Thomas, whom they drafted at No. 3 overall back in 2017.
No way Bosa slips past San Francisco if the Cardinals go with Quinnen Williams first.