Kicking off the start of this mock draft, the Cardinals ended up grabbing Kentucy EDGE/linebacker Josh Allen (don’t ask me, ask Fanspeak).
That left the 49ers’ decision between two elite-level prospects, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa.
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While either would have been a wise choice for San Francisco, defensively, Bosa fits more of a need than Williams, especially considering the Niners have spent three first-round NFL Draft picks on interior defenders the last four years.
Bosa is widely regarded as the top prospect available in this year’s draft class. And while he missed much of his 2018 collegiate season with an abdominal injury, he’s expected to be fully ready and capable to provide an impact on day one.
Plus, he already has something of an affinity for the 49ers.
“I would be lucky to get picked by them,” Bosa said on KNBR 680 (h/t David Fucillo of Niners Nation) in the lead up to Super Bowl LIII. I mean, the roster for a team that’s picking number two is a really stacked roster. They had the injury at quarterback that obviously allowed them to get this high in the draft. So I think it would be cool, definitely, to go play for a team that is closer than most people think to being a contender.”
The 49ers had 37 sacks last year, which tied for 22nd in the league. Getting a quality outside pass rush would solve more than a few problems on the defensive side.