NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa excited to join 49ers' stacked defensive line

NFL Draft 2019: Nick Bosa excited to join 49ers' stacked defensive line

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers added to their stacked defensive line Thursday night by selecting Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Bosa has no worries about fitting into a unit of former first-rounders. In fact, he can’t wait. 

There now will be five first-round draft picks in the 49ers’ defensive line room. Along with Bosa, the 49ers have DeForest Buckner (7th pick, 2016), Solomon Thomas (3rd pick, 2017), Arik Armstead (17th pick, 2015) and Dee Ford (23rd pick, 2014).

Bosa believes San Francisco is a great place for him to land. 

“It’s definitely an amazing fit, and I’m excited to go to work,” Bosa said in a conference call after being selected. “Just the 4-3, pass-rushing, edge-setting defense. I mean, it’s exactly what I’ve been doing all my life. So, I think I’ll hop in and acclimate pretty quick.”  

Going into such a deep group of defensive linemen could, in theory, limit a rookie's snap count. But Bosa simply believes the group will be a force to be reckoned with next season. 

“It’s unbelievable just to be on a team that really shouldn’t have been this high in the draft with all the talent that they have,” Bosa said. “And then they add Dee Ford, which just makes this D-line pretty scary. It’s pretty impossible to double team any of us because then you’re single-teaming one of us, and it’s going to be fun.” 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believes Bosa is versatile with an obvious strength on the edge. 

“I see him as a three-down player,” Shanahan said. “I mean, he’s got to come in and do it, but he plays the run well. His best strength is rushing the passer, but he can play all three downs and he can play in all situations.” 

Shanahan also believes the addition of Bosa will allow the 49ers’ other defensive lineman to play where they are the most effective. 

"This makes it easier,” Shanahan said. “We’ve had some guys with versatility, but you always want to put guys in the spot that they were kind of born to do. We have guys like Armstead and Solly who can rush outside and are really good at playing the run outside, but they are the best at rushing the passer from the inside. Just like Buckner is.

"Now we got two guys in particular who excel in rushing from the edge. That’s Dee Ford, and that’s Bosa. It allows you to use the versatility better and put guys where truly they are at their best.”

Bosa believes it will be a seamless transition to the NFL, given what he learned about how the 49ers plan to use him while at his visit to the facility prior to the draft.   

“It was pretty clear to me on my visit how they are going to use me, and I think it’s very similar to what I did at Ohio State,” Bosa said. “A few different things, but I’ll just pick those things up quick, and it’ll be a quick transition.” 

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Bosa also is ready to begin sharing knowledge with the group, which will be expected to perform at a high level come September. 

“It’s going to be a high expectation for the group, but I’m just excited to get to work and get to learn from them and show them what I know and just get after it as a team,” Bosa said. “I’m glad to be on a team finally.” 

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.

Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead


Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead

Kyle Shanahan hasn't forgotten that the Atlanta Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead in their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots. 

The 49ers coach cited the loss as a valuable learning experience in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 3, and he doesn't think he'll repeat history in Miami. If you think he will against the Kansas City Chiefs, then you can get action on that. 

New Jersey-based sportsbook PointsBet listed the 49ers as having 100-1 odds of blowing a 28-3 lead against the Chiefs in a prop bet, according to ESPN's David Purdum. The Super Bowl is synonymous with highly specific wagering, and it's only fitting that one of the most-memed moments in NFL history has earned such a designation. 

The Falcons' long history of heartbreak, providing the movable object, came to the forefront against the unstoppable force that was (is?) the Patriots' historic dominance. New England completed the 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl's first overtime session, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. won their fifth ring -- all at the expense of a city once called "Loserville."

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Shanahan's first season on the 49ers' sideline came the following season, and San Francisco's appearance in Super Bowl LIV will be his first in the big game since, well, 28-3 happened. The 40-year-old hasn't let the scoreline define him, but it has since defined his approach as a head coach. He told reporters in Santa Clara this week that the blown lead is "something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over." 

And, surely, so will the Chiefs erasing double-digit playoff deficits with regularity.