We've reached the week of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine as the path to the draft rolls on. That means it's time for a third round of predictions for what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Below are 17 expert mock drafts, many of which feature the same short list of names that have been circulating around the internet for the last month.
Jon Ledyard, The Draft Network: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
"Quinnen Williams is a better player, but the 49ers need edge pass rush help, and Allen is the type of player they’ll be enthralled with. Scheme versatile, highly competitive, athletic and sporting plenty of upside, Allen will play right away in San Francisco while peaking with the rest of the roster 2-3 years down the road."
Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
"If we’re drafting pass-rushers, I’m taking Bosa without blinking."
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network: Allen
"I don’t think the talent gap between that of Josh Allen, Brian Burns and Jachai Polite is that far, if spacious at all, but it seems the NFL really likes Allen the most, so mocking him here makes sense."
Mel Kiper, ESPN: Allen
"If the Niners don’t trade down to add more picks, I expect them to take an edge rusher here. And Allen (6-5, 250) is just a step behind Bosa on my board. Two former first-round picks along the defensive line (Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas) have struggled in San Francisco, but neither has the pure pass-rushing ability of Allen, who had 17 sacks and five forced fumbles last season. Allen would fill a glaring need."
Todd McShay, ESPN: Allen
"The Niners really want an edge rusher after only DeForest Buckner cracked six sacks for them in 2018 (Buckner had 12). Allen blew up offensive linemen all season en route to 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss for the Wildcats. With his big 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, Allen could line up as a defensive end in the 49ers’ 4-3 scheme if he tacks on some more weight."
Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: Allen
"Everyone expects Allen to erupt in Indianapolis, and such a development -- along with his 17 sacks in 2018 at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds -- would make him a very appealing prospect here for the edge-needy 49ers."
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Allen
"After seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2017, Allen gained 10-15 pounds of muscle and put up 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss and was pretty much unblockable."
Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
"Williams is a high-impact disruptor. If San Francisco collects enough players like him, opponents won't be able to block all of them."
Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report: Bosa
"Like his brother, Joey, Bosa is a complete edge defender with ample power at the point of attack, the athleticism to rush the passer and polished technique."
Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Allen
"There are a lot of things Allen can provide the 49ers. He can be the pass rusher they need. He can help the pass defense in coverage."
Dane Brugler, The Athletic: Allen
"Adding 20-plus pounds of muscle and expanding his pass rush repertoire as a senior, Allen was the most improved player I studied this season."
Doug Farrar, USA Today: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
"Oliver makes a ton of sense here—there are few interior defensive linemen over the last decade with his acceleration off the snap, freakish athleticism, and ability to bull through the pocket."
Kalyn Kahler, Sports Illustrated: Allen
"Allen, this season’s most-improved player, would complement their strong group of interior pass rushers."
Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Allen
"The 49ers are in desperate need of an outside pass rusher."
Luke Easterling, USA Today: Bosa
"Any scenario that leaves Bosa on the board for the 49ers would be a dream scenario for general manager John Lynch and his crew."
Chad Reuter, NFL.com: Williams
"It might be a tough call here between Williams and Kentucky's Josh Allen. DeForest Buckner's versatility could allow the team to put Buckner and Williams on the field at the same time."
Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL.com: Allen
"The 49ers get the kind of edge rusher they need. Another first-rounder gives them one of the best young D-line units in the league."
Final Tally (17 total)
Allen - 11
Bosa - 3
Williams - 2
Oliver - 1