We’re rolling along in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, in which you, the reader, act as general manager for all 32 franchises to make one cohesive draft.
After the Arizona Cardinals predictably took Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, it’s time for the San Francisco 49ers to take the podium. Acting as general manager for the 49ers is commenter SUHFARGONE.
With the second pick in the POD Community Mock Draft, the 49ers have taken Ohio State edge defender Nick Bosa. Here is SUHFARGONE’s explanation for the pick:
“I selected Nick Bosa for the San Francisco 49ers because, without the benefit of trades, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. The 49ers did trade for Dee Ford this offseason but, as they say, “you can never have too many good pass rushers.” and Bosa definitely fits the bill. Bosa is not just a pass rusher, though. He is a complete defensive end, good at setting the edge and defending the run, as well as pressuring the pocket. He has a variety of pass rush moves and very good use of hands to shed blocks on his way to the quarterback.
He’s the No. 1 prospect on most every big board I’ve seen, making him the best player available. He has a high floor, a good work ethic, and no character issues. These are all very important factors when investing a pick this valuable. On top of that, he has NFL bloodlines and has been compared favorably to his brother Joey.
San Francisco has needs at wide receiver, in the defensive backfield, offensive line and at linebacker as well. I briefly considered players like D.K. Metcalf, Marquise Brown, and Devin White. The value just wasn’t there at pick No. 2 overall, though. These positions may be of greater importance to the team than another DE after acquiring Ford, so a trade down could make a lot of sense here for them.
The only other players I seriously considered here though were Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen. Williams, in particular, gave me pause due to his ability to generate pressure from the interior of the defensive line. He could make a lot of sense here as well. He also happens to be the only player I’ve seen ranked above Bosa anywhere.
But in the end, I took the player with the most value and potential to help San Fran win now. Pairing Bosa with Ford will give the Niners a desperately-needed pass rush that can take some of the pressure off their linebackers and defensive backs. Hopefully this will translate to better overall play on every level of the defense.”
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