4 current 49ers players on track for Pro Football Hall of Fame

George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Nick Bosa, 49ers
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

No. 4: 49ers EDGE Nick Bosa

It might be putting on a lot of pressure for someone who’s only played one season, but EDGE Nick Bosa could very well be the best defender in 49ers history by the time his career concludes.

A big call considering his inexperience, but not so big when you consider how dominant he was in his rookie season.

Bosa was a monster in his rookie year. He had a bad ankle to start the year and faced countless double teams, and still recorded nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his first season.

The numbers don’t tell the whole story either. He came very close to sacks on countless occasions, was robbed of a sack against the Cleveland Browns when it was incorrectly called intentional grounding, and the attention given to him by defenders freed up his teammates on the defensive line.

He took on the pressure of the playoffs with enthusiasm and had four sacks, two pass deflections and a forced fumble in those three games.

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Given acclaim as the easy choice for rookie of the year as well as a Pro Bowl nod, it’s incredible to think the ease he had cutting through blockers will be even more pronounced as he gains experience.

If he plays to his talent, he’s going to have a very special career indeed.