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2019 NFL Draft: 49ers should pick Nick Bosa at No. 2, Peter King says

2019 NFL Draft: 49ers should pick Nick Bosa at No. 2, Peter King says

The 2019 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away. Between now and then, there will be just as many smokescreens as real information out in the public. 

Behind closed doors, though, big boards are coming together and teams are zeroing in on their top targets. 

Based on what he's learned, NBC Sports' Peter King hasn't put together a mock draft, but something a bit different. King went through all 32 picks on Monday morning and laid out what he would do with the selection. 

Here's what King would do with the 49ers on the clock at No. 2 overall. 

Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

With the Cardinals expected to select quarterback Kyler Murray with the top pick in the draft, Bosa is the favorite to land in the 49ers' lap. In that case, it's a no-brainer to King. 

"Buckner, in 2018, was the first Niner to have a double-digit sack season in six years. Bosa’s been injured seriously in two of his last four football seasons, so he doesn’t come without risk. But he’s the right pick here," King wrote. 

Bosa, 6-foot-4 and 263 pounds, recorded 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 29 career games at Ohio State. He also totaled 77 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two passes defensed. 

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The fact that the 49ers have selected a defensive lineman with their top pick in three out of the last four years doesn't matter. They have to put more pressure on the quarterback and Bosa seems like he could be a perfect fit.

49ers' Kyle Shanahan ranked as 23rd-best veteran head coach by NFL.com

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49ers' Kyle Shanahan ranked as 23rd-best veteran head coach by NFL.com

The first two years of 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's tenure has been light on wins, yet expectations remain high. 

San Francisco was 10-22 in Shanahan's first two seasons at the helm, searching for a quarterback before acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017 and scrambling to replace him after he tore his ACL last year. There have been some promising moments, but not enough to move the 49ers out of the top 10 of the NFL draft in either of the last two years. 

Because of that, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison ranked Shanahan 23rd out of the 26 returning NFL head coaches. 

This might not be a fair ranking for a guy who kept the 49ers competitive in the second half of the season while having to play musical chairs at quarterback," Harrison wrote. "The problem here is that Shanahan hasn't really accomplished anything yet as a head coach, which makes the criteria for evaluating his performance somewhat narrow."

To his credit, Shanahan coached up two rosters short on talent. The 49ers finished in the top half of the league in total offense in each of the last two seasons, despite Garoppolo only making eight starts. 

But the 49ers have not had the same success on defense, and heavily invested on that side of the ball over the offseason. The potential for improvement is there in 2019, but San Francisco enters the year having won fewer than a third of its games under Shanahan.

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"That [10-22] record isn't masked by the obvious upside of the roster, or the potential many see in Shanahan," Harrison continued. " ... Shanahan seems to be a good communicator, and is both confident and comfortable with himself. Whether that will translate into contention in the NFC West remains to be seen."

A 2019 turnaround should move Shanahan up Harrison's rankings. After his first two seasons coaching the 49ers, there isn't much room anywhere else. 

Jimmy Garoppolo calls learning from Tom Brady on Patriots 'invaluable'

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Jimmy Garoppolo calls learning from Tom Brady on Patriots 'invaluable'

Jimmy Garoppolo spent three-and-a-half seasons as Tom Brady's backup quarterback in New England. Over that span, the 49ers' current QB appeared in only 17 games, starting two. 

Still, he learned plenty behind the six-time Super Bowl winner. 

More than anything, Garoppolo witnessed the immense amount of preparation Brady put into his game every day.  Garoppolo recently told The Ringer's Kevin Clark that it was "invaluable" to watch the legendary signal-caller as his backup.

"I can barely put it into words. What you learn is playing the game within the game, that’s a big part of Tom," Garoppolo said. "I don’t even know if he told me that [directly], but he would always talk about the game within the game." 

The story has been told time and time again. Brady beat the odds years ago as a sixth-round draft pick who ran the 40-yard dash in quicksand. Garoppolo emphasized that sweating the small stuff made Brady a Patriots legend and an all-time great. 

"The little details and how he ties them all together -- that’s what separates you," Garoppolo said. 

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The two QBs have remained friends after Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers on Halloween in 2017. They were even seen together at the Kentucky Derby this year.

As much knowledge as Garoppolo soaked up from Brady, the 49ers hope it shows in a healthy year this season.