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NFL mock draft 2019: All signs point to one player for 49ers at pick No. 2

NFL mock draft 2019: All signs point to one player for 49ers at pick No. 2

The day is finally here. The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us.

After months of pouring over every piece of information about every draft-eligible prospect, all 32 NFL teams will convene in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday for the first round of the draft.

As is often the case, the closer we get to the first pick, the more rumors circulate. There's plenty of talk about which prospects will go high, which might slide, and which teams are in position to shake up the draft.

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With only hours to go until the 49ers are scheduled to make their first-round pick, here's an updated selection of various NFL mock drafts highlighting the player(s) being associated with San Francisco and the No. 2 overall pick:

NBC Sports Bay Area: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "A year ago, the 49ers’ top edge rushers in their nickel package were Cassius Marsh and Ronald Blair. Now, it’s Dee Ford and Bosa. That’s a significant upgrade. The 49ers have turned a weakness into a strength, and every level of the defense will experience the benefits."

NFL.com: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "The Niners can't go wrong with Bosa or Quinnen Williams here, but I think Bosa is a better fit."

SI.com: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "The Niners have done all the requisite work on Nick Bosa ... I also know that they have pretty extensive background on how he’ll fit coordinator Robert Salah’s defense. Remember, Nick’s older brother Joey plays for Salah’s old boss/mentor, Chargers DC Gus Bradley. The affection here for Bosa has been no secret, and he’d amp up an already formidable front."

ESPN.com: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "Barring a huge offer that nets multiple high picks, the 49ers are likely to stay put and go for the player they believe can be a difference-maker at a premium position from Day 1. Putting Bosa with Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and the rest of San Francisco's pass-rushers should give the Niners a chance to turn some of the 11 one-possession losses they've suffered the past two seasons into victories."

CBS Sports: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "If the Cardinals take Bosa No. 1, the 49ers would likely jump on Quinnen Williams here or see if they can get a decent haul from a team looking to trade up for a QB."

SB Nation: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
What they said: "For several years the 49ers have had issues with edge rushers. The combination of Bosa and Dee Ford solve that problem."

49ers' Jerick McKinnon still dominating footwork drills amid comeback

49ers' Jerick McKinnon still dominating footwork drills amid comeback

Jerick McKinnon has yet to don a 49ers uniform in the regular season since coming to the team in 2018 after facing multiple setbacks with a knee injury. But that doesn’t mean he has been lax about getting back on the field. 

His workouts continue to be posted on social media with the latest one showing how impressive his footwork is.  

This particular drill mimics what would happen in a real-game situation and the quick-to-rest exercise reinforces the concept of moving quickly even while fatigued. So this could help to remain at the top of his game even during the later quarters.

And it’s quite mesmerizing to watch. 

The comments from the video show a lot of people are anxious for him to make his return and see what he’s going to do.

The running back has missed the last two seasons after tearing his right ACL

“It’s going to be a surprise for everyone,” teammate Raheem Mostert said last month.  

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Mostert has been giving the 28-year-old Atlanta native pointers since last season and just like the rest of us, he looks forward to seeing his next chapter. 

Prior to the 49ers, McKinnon spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings totaling 2,902 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa named to PFF's top 50 players

George Kittle, Richard Sherman, Nick Bosa named to PFF's top 50 players

From the front office to the coaching staff to the roster, it took a total group effort for the 49ers to go from four wins the season prior to 13 last year and going all the way to the Super Bowl. 

A lot of talent doesn't hurt, though. And yes, the 49ers had plenty of that last year. San Francisco was dominant on both sides of the ball in 2019, both scoring points in bunches and stifling opposing offenses. 

When it comes to the best players in the NFL, where do some 49ers sit? Pro Football Focus finished its ranking of the top 50 players in the league on Wednesday and three Niners made the list. Here's where they rank. 

Nick Bosa, No. 41 

Bosa's historic rookie year already has him among the NFL's elite. The No. 2 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft recorded 13 sacks, 30 QB hits and 19 tackles for loss in 19 games, including the playoffs. 

He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and his 17.2 percent pressure rate was the fifth-best in the entire league. 

Bosa was the highest ranked rookie, and he came in higher than his older brother, Joey, who is No. 47. 

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Richard Sherman, No. 14

Even at 31 years old, Sherman proved last season he still is an elite cornerback. The nine-year veteran was PFF's highest-graded corner last season and the top at his position on the top 50. 

Sherman was PFF's highest-graded cornerback last season. He finished the 2019 regular season with 61 tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions. He had PFF's highest coverage grade (90.5) and highest overall grade (90.3) last season, including the playoffs.

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George Kittle, No. 5

PFF's highest-graded player last season is seen as the fifth-best player in football right now. Kittle is behind only Quenton Nelson, Julio Jones, Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Donald. 

Kittle is the rare player who is an elite blocker and elite receiver. The star tight end had 85 receptions for 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns over 14 regular-season games last year. He finished with a 95.0 grade, the best ever for a tight end in the PFF era (2006-19).

Yeah, he's going to get paid.