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NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

NFL Draft 2020: Chase Young motivated by former teammate Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa might have been the best player in last year’s draft, but the top spot went to a quarterback to fill a need for the team with the No. 1 overall pick.

Things could very well go the same way this year, with the Cincinnati Bengals taking quarterback Joe Burrow with the first selection.

That would leave the consensus top player, Chase Young, for Washington at No. 2.

Again, that player is a defensive end. Again, that player is a defensive end from Ohio State.

“Nick, he's always setting the standard,” Young said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “That's just motivation for me to achieve a lot of real good things.

“It's definitely been a blessing to watch him grow into the player that he is. He's definitely helped me along this passage. He hasn't stopped. I'm just grateful to be able to see him grow.”

The 49ers selected Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick last year after the Arizona Cardinals went with quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1.

Bosa registered nine sacks during the regular season and four more in the postseason. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He and Young also have been in contact as Young goes through the same process Bosa experienced a year ago.

“He just told me to be myself,” Young said. “That's what I have been trying to do the whole time I've been here.”

Young, like Bosa, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. He enters the draft after compiling a more impressive college career than Bosa, who was hampered by injuries throughout his time at Ohio State.

In 34 college games, Young registered 30.5 sacks and 40.5 tackles for loss. Last season, he had 16.5 sacks, all of which came in the first nine games of the season. In 29 games at Ohio State, Bosa had 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss.

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Bosa’s brother, Joey, went to Ohio State, where he was coached by defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Nick Bosa did not have much of a decision where to attend college because the family was already sold on Johnson’s ability to groom defensive linemen.

“I think the technique that ‘Coach J’ teaches in college works in the NFL as well,” Young said. “I'll continue to perfect my technique. The toolbox that I have now, I know that it'll bring me success in the NFL. That's one thing that I took from Nick and Joey.”

49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on brother Joey's past success vs. Chiefs

49ers' Nick Bosa will lean on brother Joey's past success vs. Chiefs

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will have extensively scouted the Kansas City Chiefs heading into Super Bowl LIV. There are two full weeks to dissect player strengths and weaknesses, techniques and tendencies while trying to find advantages in the season’s championship game.

49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa will absorb everything coaches and scouting reports say about Kansas City’s offensive line, tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchel Schwartz in particular.

Then he’ll call the best resource he has available to him. After all, few know Kansas City’s flank protectors like his brother Joey. The elite L.A. Chargers edge rusher faces them twice per season in the AFC West and will provide great insight into how to best the Chiefs’ front.

“We're going to be talking,” Nick Bosa said on Thursday. “He has pretty good input on these guys. He's going to give me everything that he could give me and it's up to me to go use it.”

Joey Bosa will be able to explain it to his brother well. Nobody knows Nick’s playing style, temperament and technical ability better, so he can customize the advice to help Nick maximize his reps. Joey has fared well against the Chiefs, with 21 tackles, two sacks, seven quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in six games against them.

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Nick Bosa has been doing pretty well on his own this postseason, with eight tackles, three sacks and seven other quarterback pressures in two playoff games.

The Bosa brothers have often trained together, with several sessions expected this offseason as they reflect on little brother’s excellent first NFL season.

“I feel like this offseason we're definitely going to have a lot of conversations while we train about just things that I've learned this year from playing and things that he's learned, obviously,” Nick Bosa said. “But, we play a pretty similar position, pretty similar scheme. So, there's going to be a lot of back and forth with that for sure.”

But first, Joey Bosa will try and help his little brother pressure an AFC West rival and impact the Super Bowl in the 49ers’ favor.

49ers' Nick Bosa named NFL Rookie of the Year by writers association

49ers' Nick Bosa named NFL Rookie of the Year by writers association

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa was recognized as the NFL Rookie of the Year, the Pro Football Writers of America announced on Tuesday morning.

Bosa was not just NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He won that, too. But the writers selected him as the best rookie in the league, period.

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was named as the PFWA's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who moved into the starting lineup after Kwon Alexander's injury, was named to the first-team all-rookie defense. He joined Devin Bush (Pittsburgh) and Devin White (Tampa Bay) as the linebackers.

Greenlaw made the 49ers' defensive play of the year when he stopped Seattle's Jacob Hollister just inches short of the goal line in Week 17 to preserve the win and enable the 49ers to win the NFC West and clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Bosa won the award based on his regular-season production, and he carried it over into the playoffs with two sacks against the Minnesota Vikings in a 27-10 victory on Saturday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

“It’s kind of expected now,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said of Bosa. “At first, it was kind of shocking about how quickly he adapted to the NFL and was able to make a lot of talented tackles look silly, myself included.

“But, now, it’s just what he is, and it’s expected. It’s who he’s been his whole life. I don’t think it’s turned up for a playoff game, it’s just what he does. He goes out there and dominates, so I expect him to do the same next week.”

The 49ers will play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium.

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Bosa is the first defensive player to win the PFWA award since an overall rookie of the year was re-implemented in 2013. He is the fifth 49ers player to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, joining cornerback Bruce Taylor (1970), defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield (1993), linebacker Patrick Willis (2007) and edge rusher Aldon Smith (2011).

Bosa’s brother, Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, started 14 of the 16 games in which he appeared this season. He registered 47 tackles and nine sacks with an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

He left an imprint on games even when he was not compiling statistics. Bosa ranked sixth in the NFL among edge defenders with a 49ers-best 80 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers playoff coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday)

Also tune in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for “49ers Pregame Live,” with Laura Britt, Jeff Garcia, Donte Whitner, Ian Williams and Grant Liffmann previewing the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on “49ers Postgame Live,” starting at approximately 5:30 p.m.