The San Francisco 49ers went "high profile" with their first-round (no. 2 overall) NFL Draft selection, last Thursday, taking the demonstrably right-wing defensive end, Nick Bosa, out of Ohio State.
Opinions throughout the Bay Area were understandably mixed, regarding the nature of some of the social media history of the newest Niner. However, as far as his ability to play the game and address a need, coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch got this one right. Bosa was dominant when he was on the field for the Buckeyes, though, the edge-rusher is coming off of an injury that robbed him of most of his Junior season.
Quarterback Jimmy Garappolo and the 49ers offense in general is in need of a playmaking receiver. The hope is that their second round, 39th overall pick, Deebo Samuel of South Carolina, will provide that sought-after spark. If Jimmy G. delivers the ball regularly to Samuel in the upcoming season, coach Shanahan's offense will be in excellent shape, as this young pass-catcher is a force to be reckoned with after the catch.
With the third pick in the third round, the Niners took an opportunity to add another young receiver in Baylor's Jalen Hurd. This young man is an interesting player, capable of being a big-bodied slot target, while also possessing the valuable ability to shift into the backfield and carry from the running back position. Coach Shanahan will have some fun finding ways to get this kid the ball in 2019.
In a somewhat head-scratching move, San Francisco drafted a punter, Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky, after trading back to the eighth slot in the fourth. The Niners had a hole to fill, but many analysts argued this could have and should have been addressed later in the draft. The lone fifth-rounder and first of three sixth-round picks were dedicated to roster depth, with the selections of outside linebacker Dre Greenlaw (Arkansas Razorbacks) and tight end Kaden Smith (Stanford Cardinal).
Later in the sixth, the 49ers filled two important needs: offensive tackle and cornerback. From Vanderbilt, San Francisco too Justin Skule (OT). Virginia's Tim Harris would be the final pick for Shanahan, Lynch, and Co., addressing the true need at corner. With that, the San Francisco 49ers came away with top prospects at a couple of key positions in edge-rushing and receiving. Those players taken in the first three rounds will be immediate impact players. The rest will likely fill out roster depth, providing rotational opportunities, at best.