Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa
It’s a day which drastically turned the 49ers organization from pretenders to contenders.
With the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected defensive end Nick Bosa out of Ohio State University.
There’s a strong chance Bosa wins the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award, so let’s just go ahead and make it official.
Bosa had a spectacular first eight games of the year. He tallied seven sacks during the Niners’ season-opening win streak and finished the year with a total of nine. He also had an interception almost returned for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. He rumbled for a 46-yard interception return, his first career NFL pick.
In all but three games this season, Bosa had at least one solo tackle. He registered five tackles in two games: once in the 9-0 swim meet against the Washington Redskins, and the other time was against the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of the year.
Bosa played at such a high level, he started getting double teamed. Keep in mind, this kid is still a rookie. How often do rookie defensive linemen get this much attention from the other teams? It didn’t stop him from being productive, though. He was still able to cause disruptions in offensive game plans.
Bosa should be getting lots of first place votes for Pepsi Rookie of the Year and should also get some nods for Defensive Player of the Year.
He might be over looked because of Bosa, but wide receiver Deebo Samuel had himself a pretty outstanding season in red and gold. The 2019 NFL second-round draft pick was able to provide some much-needed speed on the outside and was even used for many run plays.
Samuel finished the regular season with 57 receptions, 802 yards and six total touchdowns. Many have compared the youngster to Niners legend, Jerry Rice. If Samuel can keep improving and be the constant receiver the 49ers would love to have, the comparisons will be justified.