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Why the hiring of two women by Buccaneers means so much to Katie Sowers

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Why the hiring of two women by Buccaneers means so much to Katie Sowers

49ers coach Katie Sowers is getting one of her wishes, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have become the first team to have two full-time female coaches on their staff.

Maral Javadifar will serve as the Buccaneers’ assistant strength and conditioning coach, while Lori Locust will be their assistant defensive line coach. They join Sowers as the only full-time female coaches employed in the NFL. 

“I don’t know that I feel a responsibility,” Sowers said a few weeks ago in Indianapolis.  “I just feel a passion, and that’s not just for women. It’s for anyone who has a dream -- and that can kind of sound like a Miss America answer -- but anyone that has a dream and feels like there’s a barrier because of the societal blinders that we put on.” 

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians gave a statement via the team’s website.

"I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," Arians said. "Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. 

"The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff."

Sowers expressed being tired of hearing about coaching internships when she spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area at the Women’s Careers in Football Forum. More than 40 women participated in the program in Indianapolis prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.  

“I want to get to a day,” Sowers said, “where I’m not hearing women asking how many internships do I have to do because I can’t provide for my family.” 

Arians was joined by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Bills coach Sean McDermott, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera in front of the group and answered questions regarding how to facilitate employment in the NFL. 

Arians is known as being a maverick in hiring a diverse staff. He hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, making her the first woman to hold a coaching position in the NFL.

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After the forum in Indianapolis, Arians stated that he had plans to create a full-time position for a woman on his staff. He kept his word, and then went even further by bringing in two. 

Locust was previously the defensive line coach for the AAF team the Birmingham Iron as well as a coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during training camp.

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

2019 NFL draft first-round grades: How 49ers fared with Nick Bosa pick

The 49ers were sitting in an enviable position entering the 2019 NFL Draft, and now that the first round has come and gone, the evaluation process can begin.

Various outlets already have released their first-round draft grades, and, surprise, surprise: They're all big fans of the 49ers' selection of Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick.

[RELATED: Biggest winners and losers from Round 1 of NFL draft]

Not as sold? Perhaps these analyses will convince you:

SI.com -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Niners, who rely on a four-man rush and generated no pressure off the edges last year, took a huge step earlier this offseason by trading for Kansas City’s Dee Ford. Adding Bosa could make them the NFL’s fastest-rising defense in 2019. He’ll likely align outside, opposite Ford and with underrated long-armed monster DeForest Buckner between them. But like his brother Joey, Nick Bosa can also rush from inside in obvious passing situations. The Niners now have a lot of weapons and options up front."

CBS Sports -- Grade: A
What they said: "Love this pick for the Niners getting the best pass rusher in this class. They are building something special on that defensive line. Bottom line is they are gonna get after the quarterback."

Bleacher Report -- Grade: A
What they said: "The Bosa selection, coupled with the acquisition of Dee Ford from the Chiefs, completes a thorough makeover of a defensive line that recorded just 37 sacks last season: 12 by DeForest Buckner and 25 by everyone else. Bosa and Ford should push the Niners defense toward 50-sack territory. That can vault them into playoff contention."

SB Nation -- Grade: A+
What they said: "In Bosa, they get the best player in the 2019 draft. He’s a pass rusher teams need to scheme against. As long as he can stay healthy, the 49ers optimized value and need with the second pick in the draft."

USA Today -- Grade: A
What they said: "It’s easy to compare Bosa to his brother Joey, but here’s a scary thought: Nick has even more power … and all the athletic traits we saw in Joey back in 2015. The 49ers’ pass rush is scary with Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and, now, Bosa on the defensive line."

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

The 2019 NFL Draft is underway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bay Area's two teams should be in the center of the action.

The 49ers selected Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. The Raiders took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick, and Mississippi State Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick

[RELATED: Follow latest draft news, trade talk during Round 1]

It promises to be an interesting slate of 32 picks made in the Music City, and you can follow live as each selection is made in the 2019 NFL Draft tracker below:

1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, edge rusher, Ohio State

3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, linebacker, LSU

6. New York Giants
Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos for No. 20 pick, No. 52 and a third-round pick in 2020)
Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonah Williams, offensive tackle, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary, defensive tackle, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons
Chris Lindstrom, guard, Boston College

15. Washington
Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns in Odell Beckham Jr. trade)
Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers for pick No. 10)
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 30, 114 and 118)
Darnell Savage Jr., safety, Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens for pick Nos. 25, 125 and 197)
Andre Dillard, offensive tackle, Washington State

23. Houston Texans
Tytus Howard, offensive tackle, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears in Khalil Mack trade)
Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 22)
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma

26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick)
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys in Amari Cooper trade)
Johnathan Abram, safety, Mississippi State

28. Los Angeles Chargers
Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs in Frank Clark trade)
L.J. Collier, defensive end, TCU

30. New York Giants (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 37, 132 and 142)
Deandre Baker, cornerback, Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons (with pick No. 203 from Los Angeles Rams for pick Nos. 45, 79)
Kaleb McGary, offensive tackle, Washington

32. New England Patriots
N'Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State