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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.

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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."

49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

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49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

The 49ers on Wednesday picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for the 2020 season, but the club does not want the union to end there.

Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make nearly $12.5 million in 2020. The one-year deal becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the new league year in March 2020.

The sides were eligible to enter into negotiations to extend Buckner’s contract this offseason for the first time. And, eventually, the 49ers would like to secure him with a long-term contract that could make him one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL.

“I would love nothing more than for DeFo to be here,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said recently. “We’ve got a long time to work on that. He’s very important to us. He’s another guy who’s a big part of what we’re doing.

“(I) just love everything about him and the way he goes about his business, his profession. I think he’s a special player and we’d like to keep him here for a long time.”

[RELATED: Buckner not worried about contract extension]

Buckner is coming off his best NFL season. He was added to the NFC Pro Bowl as an alternate after recording a career-best 12 sacks. He is entering the final year of his original four-year, $18.2 million contract.

49ers' DeForest Buckner not worried about contract extension with teams

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49ers' DeForest Buckner not worried about contract extension with teams

DeForest Bucker isn’t worried that he and the 49ers have yet to work out a contract extension as he heads into his fourth year with the franchise. 

Buckner is eligible to ink an extension this season, but both parties could wait if they so choose. Buckner did confirm that the lines of communication are open. 

“We had conversations here and there,” Buckner said. “You know honestly, it’s very early. Just because I’m eligible for a new contract going into my fourth year, it’s still very early in the process.”  

Buckner is going to focus on preparing for the season and leave the rest to his agent, CEO Jed York, chief negotiator Paraag Marathe, and general manager John Lynch to work out the details. 

Buckner’s third season was a break out year for the defensive lineman. He tallied a career-high 12 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss. He also racked up 20 quarterback hits and 67 total tackles, 44 of which were solo.  

To help with the teams beleaguered pass rush, the team signed edge rusher Dee Ford during the offseason. They could even acquire another force on the edge from the draft class that’s deep with talent. 

Lynch spoke during the offseason about the desire to build a defense that is a dominant force. Buckner sees that happening and isn’t worried about more defensive linemen coming into the fold, he relishes it, adding that can only make them better. 

Buckner even predicted that the 49ers second overall pick would be used on a defensive lineman. 

“It doesn’t matter who they draft, all the guys are good this year,” Buckner said. “We’ll just add another dominant guy to the d-line and whoever it is, it doesn’t matter, I’m just very excited to get working with them and I know everyone in the room is excited. And that’s the goal this year. We need to be dominant.” 

When asked if that was Buckner’s inside scoop on the 49ers draft pick he chuckled and expressed that he would be very happy with that choice.  

“That’s my hope,” Buckner quipped. “Every year you hope to add another guy to the d-line to be a dominant force so you know, that’s what I’m hoping.”  

[RELATED: Buckner knows he can improve on breakout season]

Buckner remains confident that the two sides will work it out eventually as they both share a common goal. 

“I’m really just looking forward to being here with the team long term,” Buckner said. “Jed and John and Paraag and all them, Kyle (Shanahan) they all know that. They all know what I can bring to the table, and what I bring to the team and there’s no rush to it.”