49ers decided to draft Nick Bosa during 2019 NFL Scouting Combine

According to reports, the San Francisco 49ers made their decision to draft Nick Bosa during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, two months prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.

One of the worst-kept secrets of the 2019 offseason was the San Francisco 49ers’ interest in selecting Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. On Saturday, we learned the 49ers’ front office made the team’s intentions clear to Bosa’s camp during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Paraag Marathe — President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, as well as the team’s chief contract negotiator — had no qualms about informing Bosa’s agents of the Niners’ plans two months prior to the draft:

A source told NBC Sports Bay Area, the decision was made at the NFL Scouting Combine. Chief negotiator Paraag Marathe told Bosa’s representation in February that if Bosa did not go No. 1, the 49ers would select him at No. 2. – Matt Maiocco

Bosa is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the same agency that represented his brother, Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, during the fellow edge rusher’s four-week holdout prior to the 2016 NFL regular season.

The 49ers have yet to come to contract terms with the younger Bosa brother, who remains sidelined until training camp due to a Grade 1 hamstring strain he suffered during his second session of Offseason Team Activities (OTA) last month:

Given Marathe’s relationship with CAA and the limited areas for potential contract negotiation per the NFL’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Bosa is expected to sign his four-year, $33.55 million guaranteed contract before training camp begins late next month. Bosa is not alone, as four of the first six players selected in the 2019 NFL Draft remain unsigned.

The San Francisco 49ers have signed all of their remaining 2019 draft picks, except for the team’s second-round selection, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who is also represented by CAA.