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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."

These important competitions begin this week for 49ers during OTAs

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These important competitions begin this week for 49ers during OTAs

Organized team activities are all about the passing games – offense and defense.

Those areas are where the most important competitions will take place on the practice field as the 49ers slowly start to prepare for their season opener on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Full pads are not allowed to be worn in practices during the offseason program, so the real competitions begin the third day of training camp, which opens in late-July. That's when practices change from two-hand-touch to real football.

This week marks the first time since the end of last season that offense vs. defense competition is allowed to take place on the 49ers’ practice field. Although 9-on-7 run drills are permitted, it’s the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills where reasonable opinions can start to be formed.

Here are the positions where players have a chance to take leads in their competitions heading into training camp:

Quarterback

The 49ers will take it slowly with Jimmy Garoppolo, who faces no challenge for the starting job. Garoppolo is not expected to see any 11-on-11 practice snaps until training camp.

The competition will be for the backup job.

Nick Mullens produced better statistics last season in his eight starts, during which the 49ers went 3-5 (winning 75 percent of their games for the season). But the 49ers have not given up on C.J. Beathard, a third-round draft pick in 2017.

Beathard’s skillset and toughness keep him in this competition. Mullens has his limitations, but he performed at an exceptionally high level when given his opportunity last year. Only Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton threw for more yards in their first eight NFL starts.

But all that means is that Mullens, now, will be given a fair shot to win the backup job. He and Beathard start this offseason on equal footing.

Running back

Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman likely will be expected to share the load at running back with Matt Breida not far behind. Breida proved to be a reliable pass-catcher last season. He still needs work with his route running, and this is a great time for him to polish those skills.

Coleman has experience in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. That's a huge advantage. There is no hurry to get McKinnon on the field after he missed all of last season with a torn ACL he sustained a week before the start of the regular season.

Wide receiver

There should be competition at every level of the team at this position. Dante Pettis is the closest thing to a “lock” to be a starter. He caught just 27 passes in 12 games as a rookie, but he averaged 17.3 yards and had five touchdowns.

Rookie Deebo Samuel, the 49ers’ second-round draft pick, will compete against the field, including Kendrick Bourne, for the duties on the other side. Bourne was the 49ers’ leading wide receiver last season with 42 receptions for 487 yards and four touchdowns.

Marquise Goodwin, Jordan Matthews and rookie Jalen Hurd will be angling for significant roles, while Trent Taylor and Richie James are the candidates for the primary slot job.

Cornerback

The offseason program is huge for Ahkello Witherspoon and Tarvarius Moore. There is no questioning the physical talent of both players. They were third-round draft picks in 2017 and ’18, respectively.

Witherspoon vs. Moore could be an elimination battle during the offseason program to see which of those players will go against Jason Verrett in training camp.

Verrett is coming back from a torn Achilles, which he sustained during the camp-opening conditioning test last summer with the Los Angeles Chargers. Verrett is not expected to cut it loose during the offseason program, so Witherspoon and Moore will have the advantage of a full offseason of preparation.

Safety

Jimmie Ward has bounced around from free safety to cornerback over the past few years. He is back at free safety after signing a one-year contract with the club in the offseason. Adrian Colbert entered last offseason as the starter at free safety, but now the onus is on him to beat out Ward.

The free safety position is more on display during non-padded practices than strong safety, because so much of being a box safety is coming up to finish tackles in the run game. Jaquiski Tartt and second-year player Marcell Harris will compete for that job. Pass coverage is important there, too, but that job will be won after the pads go on.

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The rules during Phase Three allow for players to be at the facility for six hours a day for a maximum of three organized team activities during the first and second weeks. No pads are allowed, except for protective knee and elbow pads. Helmets are permitted.

49ers OTA workouts
This week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
May 28-29, May 31
June 3-4, June 6

Mandatory minicamp
June 11-13

Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

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Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

If you're like me, you can't remember anything. This is the part where I say, "I can barely remember what I had for breakfast," but you caught me on a good day.

Toast with butter and strawberry jelly, and scrambled eggs -- with ketchup, because I'm weird. 

So when it comes to remembering an entire football play  ... well, that's why some of us play the sport -- and others just watch it.

Listen to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has to memorize these types of plays, which is insane. Then has to relay the information to the huddle -- yeah I know, you know football. I'm just trying to remind you of the steps. But at least Jimmy G gets to repeat the play at least one additional time, right?

That should be enough. 

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I asked five-year veteran quarterback Sean Salisbury about the longest play he had to memorize in his NFL career.

"Explode to double right, Zoom, Scat right 585 Dodge, X Post check with me 60 outside. Double cadence on 2," Salisbury told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s one."

So Shanahan isn't the only "wizard" in this scenario -- or any of the scenarios.