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The San Francisco 49ers selected Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers standout Joey Bosa, Nick recorded 17.5 sacks in his three seasons at Ohio State.
He was limited to just three games and four sacks in his junior season after a core muscle injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.
The 49ers recorded just 37 sacks as a team in 2018, which tied for 22nd in the NFL. General manager John Lynch has been proactive in improving the team’s pass rush this offseason by trading for Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford and now drafting Bosa second overall.
This marks the fourth time in five seasons the 49ers have taken a defensive lineman with their first round pick.
Then-general manager Trent Baalke drafted Oregon products Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in 2015 and 2016, and the first pick of Lynch’s tenure as 49ers GM was used on Solomon Thomas in 2017.
Bosa is slotted to start alongside Ford and Buckner, and Thomas and Armstead will most likely be rotational players in 2019.
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