The San Francisco 49ers have selected Nick Bosa with the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Bosa (6-foot-4, 266 pounds) joins a star-studded 49ers defensive line alongside DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford. Bosa had four sacks in three games last season before missing the rest of the year with an abdominal injury. He posted 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2017. Bosa was the consensus top pass rusher in this year's class, and NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared him to Michael Bennett.
He's known as a technician who is great with his hands at the point of attack. It's well documented that Bosa has a football pedigree, most recently with brother Joey Bosa being taken third overall by the Los Angeles Chargers back in 2016. Nick is expected to be every bit as productive in the NFL.
"Nick’s a heck of a player," John Lynch said of Bosa during his pre-draft press conference. "He’s one we really enjoyed studying throughout this process."
Lynch also noted that Bosa was beloved by his teammates at Ohio State. The 49ers have now selected a defensive lineman in the first round in four out of the last five drafts: Arik Armstead (2015), Buckner (2016), Solomon Thomas (2017) and Bosa. A pass rush headlined by Bosa, Ford and Buckner should be one of San Francisco's absolute strengths in 2019.
We'll have more on the 49ers first-round pick shortly.