Nick Bosa's power, bend fit with what 49ers want from edge rushers


Nick Bosa's power, bend fit with what 49ers want from edge rushers

INDIANAPOLIS – The 49ers are likely to take a pass rusher with the No. 2 overall pick.

And with the odds increasing of the Arizona Cardinals selecting quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1, the 49ers might end up with the top guy on their draft board.

Former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa would appear to be the most logical fit for the 49ers, who have making some alterations under new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.

“The two qualities when you think of Kris Kocurek, you think of the wide nine and you think of guys who, when the ball’s snapped, they’re going,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “The big deal is ‘cut it loose’ and that’s what we’ll be after.”

A wide nine is when defensive technique in which the ends line up to the outside of the opposing offensive tackle or tight end. The emphasis is on getting up the field and attacking.

When asked what attributes he wants from an edge rusher in that role, Lynch said, “I think power, having that power. And, hopefully, if you’re picking real high, it’s power, it’s bend, it’s all of it.”

Bosa has all of that.

On Friday, he measured in at the NFL Scouting Combine slightly smaller than his brother, Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers. Nick Bosa is 6 foot 3 ¾, weighing 266 pounds with an arm length of 33 inches.

At the 2016 combine, Joey Bosa checked in at 6-5 ¾, 269 pounds, with an arm length of 33 3/8 inches.

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Those measurements are consistent with what their father, John Bosa, told NBC Sports Bay Area before the combine when comparing his two sons.

“Nick is a little more advanced because of the mentoring he’s had from Joey," John Bosa said. "His combination is just scary. Nick is unbelievably, uncannily strong.

“As far as players, they’re both great players and they have a lot of similarities. But if you watch their games, they’re a little bit different. Joey is a little longer and leaner, has a little more of that edge, hand-fighting. Nick is coming along with that. But they’re both elite in slightly different ways.”

Wes Welker, now 49ers coach, doesn't subscribe to Bill Belichick's methods

Wes Welker, now 49ers coach, doesn't subscribe to Bill Belichick's methods

Bill Belichick's Patriot Way has delivered unmatched success over the past two decades, with the legendary coach and quarterback Tom Brady winning six Super Bowl and appearing in three more.

Former wide receiver Wes Welker, now the 49ers receivers coach, thrived as one of Brady's main weapons, catching 672 passes for 7,459 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons in New England. But Welker and the Patriots had a messy breakup, when Belichick chose not to attempt to re-sign the slot receiver when he hit the open market in 2013.

Belichick's way, while proven effective, can wear on players and Welker doesn't subscribe to the no-nonsense approach to coaching.

"I was still upset about it," Welker told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" about his departure from the Pats. "I did want to be there, but there was part of me -- I just like enjoying the game. I like having fun, all those things. Coaching now, you learn a lot from the tactics and different things like that, but at the same time putting your own twist on it and understanding -- I tell my guys all the time: ‘As long as we’re giving great effort and we’re on top of our assignments we’re going to be good. Once it’s not where we need to be, that is when we have problems.’

“Kind of being there and there’s a big mental aspect to the game of being prepared, being this, being that, all those different things, but also enjoying yourself and having fun playing the game. I feel like you’re playing your best ball when you’re having fun and enjoying (yourself). I think there were some times where I didn’t really feel that at times for different reasons -- the guys that we had in the locker room, the camaraderie that we had was better some years than others. We had all these different things and when you’re one of the highest-paid players on the team you’re expected to deliver and like a highly paid player. There’s definitely pressure on that and all these different things is tough and it’s hard. Coach Belichick is hard on guys and tries to get the most out of him that he can.”

There's no question Belichick's my way or the highway attitude isn't for everyone. Even Brady chose to turn in his Patriot Way membership card this offseason, electing to finish his career in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers.

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Welker, who began his coaching career with the Houston Texans before joining the 49ers in 2019, no doubt has taken some motivational tricks from Belichick while also crafting his own way that allows his players to be disciplined but also enjoy the journey.

What 49ers' options are with $15.7M left in cap space this offseason

What 49ers' options are with $15.7M left in cap space this offseason

Two weeks into the new league year, and with most of the team’s contracts tabulated, the 49ers rank 20th in the NFL in room under the league’s salary cap.

According to figures released by the NFL Players Association, the 49ers have 74 players under contract for the 2020 season and are $15,741,039 under the league’s $198.2 million salary cap.

Only the top 51 players count toward each team’s salary cap until the cutdown to 53 players for the start of the regular season.

The figure does not include the recently signed one-year contract for backup offensive lineman Ben Garland or free-agent agreements with lineman Tom Compton and wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

The 49ers carried over $7.86 million of unused cap room from last year’s cap into 2020.

The 49ers must leave cap space this offseason to sign their rookie class. The 49ers have seven scheduled draft picks, including Nos. 13 and 31 in the first round.

The club is also expected to pursue a contract extension with tight end George Kittle, who is in line to become the NFL’s highest-paid tight end -- by a lot.

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Kittle has one season remaining on his original rookie contract. Earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Browns signed tight end Austin Hooper to a four-year, $42 million contract.

Here is the list of salary cap space for each team (players under contract in parenthesis):

Houston (64) $45,834,619
N.Y. Jets (65) $45,018,663
Cleveland (65) $45,347,227
L.A. Chargers (53) $39,675,066
Tennessee (58) $33,186,101
Washington (68) $32,145,235
Detroit (76) $31,893,750
Denver (76) $28,875,754
Philadelphia (65) $28,544,977
Indianapolis (69) $27,540,144
Dallas (62) $27,310,030
Jacksonville (61) $23,485,088
Miami (78) $23,359,352
Buffalo (67) $23,172,999
Chicago (61) $22,122,887
N.Y. Giants (65) $18,571,509
Carolina (62) $17,508,922
L.A. Rams (55) $16,883,884
Raiders (73) $15,825,066
49ers (74) $15,741,039

Tampa Bay (62) $15,512,767
Cincinnati (62) $15,181,484
Green Bay (63) $13,580,733
Minnesota (59) $13,172,243
Baltimore (57) $12,230,579
Seattle (64) $11,919,646
Arizona (63) $10,360,175
New Orleans (64) $9,914,157
Pittsburgh (69) $9,344,614
Atlanta (60) $7,456,988
New England (67) $1,568,575
Kansas City (62) $676,971

Source: NFL Players Association.