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NFL Draft 2019: 49ers' Nick Bosa 'jacked up' despite subdued demeanor

NFL Draft 2019: 49ers' Nick Bosa 'jacked up' despite subdued demeanor

SANTA CLARA -- One day after a hectic experience for Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft faced the local media Friday. He spoke in a very quiet and reserved manner, quite the opposite of what he shows during games.

“My emotions are deceiving sometimes, or how I act,” Bosa said. “I’m definitely kind of monotone and quiet but when I get out on the field, I take some of that aggression out.”  

The funniest moment might have been when he actually he said in almost a whisper that he was ‘jacked up.’ The remark was replying to a question about meeting his new position coach, Kris Kocurek. 

“Yeah I just did, he’s sitting back there, staring me down,” Bosa said. “We talked on the phone last night. He’s jacked up and I’m jacked up too. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”  

Kocurek expressed the same thoughts (but in a little bit more enthusiastic tone of voice) when asked about having five first-round draft picks in his room. His eyes lit up when he responded. 

“I’m fired up,” Kocurek said. “I’m about as excited as I could be.”  

Bosa might be even more excited about starting his own path outside of the shadow of his older brother, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who he has been compared to his entire life. 

“I think we play pretty similar,” Nick said. “I think we both use speed and power and we’re not one-dimensional players. I think we have a lot of similarities in our game but I’m excited to start my own journey and show off some of my attributes.”  

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That doesn’t mean Nick doesn’t watch his brother Joey play, of course, because he does. He did so enough last season to have seen both games between Joey's Chargers and new teammate Dee Ford's Chiefs.

“I like what he does,” Bosa said about his older brother. “He’s really really great speed rusher and he switches it to power and will knock you on your butt. I’m just excited to get around some guys who have been I the league for a while and know the ins and outs and the tackles and just pick up tips from them and show them some of the stuff I’ve learned as well.” 

As the younger Bosa's rookie season continues, he'll surely be compared to different players throughout the year. But instead of being in his brother's shadow, those comparisons might now turn to new teammates Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, DeForest Buckner and of course, Ford. 

NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

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NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

Despite only possessing one pick before the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers still are doing their due diligence at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

San Francisco has met with a pair of wide receivers this week in LSU product Justin Jefferson and former TCU speedster Jalen Reagor.

Jefferson, who was part of LSU’s national championship-winning squad in 2019, said his meeting with the 49ers was informal, while Reagor mentioned that the team highlighted his versatility when discussing his potential fit within the offense.

Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the Niners aren’t faced with a lot of glaring needs along the roster, but wide receiver certainly ranks high among the few holes general manager John Lynch must address this offseason.

The 49ers didn’t have a wide receiver eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, with All-Pro tight end George Kittle barely surpassing it (1,053).

Jefferson caught an NCAA Division I-best 111 passes for the Tigers in 2019 and closed out his final collegiate season with 1,540 yards. In the latest NBC Sports Bay Area mock draft, Jefferson wasn't available when the Niners were on the clock at No. 31.

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Reagor’s broad skillset likely would mesh well with the 49ers’ motion-heavy offense, as Reagor made big plays for the Horned Frogs in the running, receiving, and return game during his three seasons in Fort Worth.

This will be Lynch and Shanahan’s first opportunity to draft outside of the top five in the first round, as they hope to build on a breakout 2019 season.

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

INDIANAPOLIS -- Even before the 49ers have the opportunity to select a wide receiver in the draft, the club expects to add the services of a young pass-catcher.

Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick from a year ago, appears to be on schedule to receive clearance to rejoin the 49ers when the offseason program begins in April. Hurd spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

“For it to completely heal, it happens on different timelines,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “We found that his has been stubborn. We think he’s been nearing towards a much better place where he’ll be cleared for all activities.

“(We) don’t want to officially give that word, but there have been some recent scans and things that give us a lot of hope that that’ll be the case, come April 1, he’ll be a full-go.”

Hurd was not around the team too much during his rookie season. He did not travel to Miami for Super Bowl LIV due to concerns about aggravating his back condition.

“I think there’s a little anxiety on his part that the long plane rides had set him off before and he worked so hard to try to get right, and kind of didn’t want that to enter the equation,” Lynch said.

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In order for Hurd's back to heal, the 49ers and Hurd felt it was best to keep him off his feet.  

“With his back stuff, he didn’t want to travel, didn’t want to be in the meetings and everything," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "There wasn’t much to do. He had a stress fracture and it’s taking a long time to heal, so we wanted him to be as immobile as possible.”

Hurd (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season at Baylor in 2018. He played his first three college seasons at Tennessee, where he rushed for 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back.

Hurd appeared in the 49ers’ preseason opener last summer and caught two touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys before experiencing the back condition that sidelined him for the rest of the season.