Who will the 49ers take at No. 2?

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If, as it appears, the Cardinals will take quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 draft, the next mystery becomes what will the 49ers do at No. 2?

Many think it’s not a mystery. Many think that the 49ers will take Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa. However, some in league circles believe that the extent to which the 49ers are allowing that perception to exist unchallenged could mean, in reality, that the 49ers are planning to do something else.

It’s an intriguing thought, especially in light of the recent reactions to Bosa’s social-media habits, and regarding the perceived upside of Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Chris Simms repeatedly has said that Williams is the best interior defensive line prospect Simms has ever studied, and Simms has studied prospects like Aaron Donald.

With the Rams enjoying the benefits of the disruption Donald causes even when he doesn’t land on the stat sheet (other than the Simms trademark-pending “F–kup The Play” metric), maybe the 49ers want an Aaron Donald of their own. Or maybe they want someone who loves Bosa to think that the only way to get Bosa will be to trade up to No. 2 with the 49ers — not to No. 3 with the Jets.

Two years ago, the 49ers picked up two extra third-round picks and an extra fourth-round pick by moving down just one spot in a trade with the Bears, still getting the guy they would have taken at No. 2. There’s a chance that the 49ers are holding out hope for a similar haul, which depending on how far they drop as a result of a trade could still allow them to emerge from the process with Quinnen Williams.

If an acceptable trade offer doesn’t arrive by Thursday night, it will be very interesting to see whether the 49ers go Bosa or Williams.

46 responses to “Who will the 49ers take at No. 2?

  1. I’ve been saying for a while Q is far and away the best player in this draft. He got overshadowed by guys like Kyler and Bosa because they play QB and EDGE. Quinnen has HOF level intangibles and film the Cardinals should take him #1.

  2. Lynch sucks as a gm so I wouldn’t expect anything great. How’s Solomon Thomas and Ruben the hit man foster

  3. Hope my Niners don’t try to be cute and trade back. If Bosa is there he needs to be drafted.

  4. Can’t go wrong with either Bosa or Williams or even Josh Allen. All immediate starters and each has pro bowl potential

    I like Williams with the 2nd pick because they already have Dee Ford coming off the edge. Williams will be a monster down in the trenches and will make Buckner, Armstead, and especially Solomon Thomas better just by being there.

    Grab a solid starting corner with pick 36 and all of a sudden this defense becomes very respectable.

  5. Trade down with Raiders so they can take QB Dwayne Haskins, use 1-4 on Q after Jets take Bosa, then use 1-24 on CB Bryon Murphy.

  6. Wonder what their plans will be when the Cardinals take Williams #1 overall? My guess is trade with the Raiders who will grab up Bosa #2.

  7. kevin proctor says:
    April 20, 2019 at 11:37 am
    Trade down with Raiders so they can take QB Dwayne Haskins, use 1-4 on Q after Jets take Bosa, then use 1-24 on CB Bryon Murphy.
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    Haskins will still be available at #4 if the Raiders wanted him. There is no need for them to give up picks.

  8. I’d be happier with Q or Allen honestly. I’m not a big Bosa guy. Maybe I’m wrong. While we’re at it can we all just stop caring about his political leanings? Who cares what they believe? There has been too much politics in my Sports recently. Just sayin……

  9. I think Bosa and Williams are really close in talent. I could agree with either being the best player in the draft. With that said, the Niners have a Pro Bowl 3tech in Buckner and really good depth after him on the inside. They have Dee Ford and nothing else on the edge. They better not overthink this. Just grab Bosa and see what WR and Safeties fall to day 2.

  10. Haskins will still be available at #4 if the Raiders wanted him. There is no need for them to give up picks.
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    Not if the Giants trade up to #3 with the Jets to take him there. The only way the Raiders can be certain of getting Haskins, and they should in my opinion, is to trade up to #2

  11. Lynch says he will take the best athlete available regardless of position. That means he may well pick Kyler Murray if he is the best athlete available. We may never know. Murray can be traded, or he can serve as backup to Jimmy G. Jimmy G has yet to start all 16 games in the same season, and the Niners can certainly be happy to have a backup similar to Nick Foles, who can step in and become Super Bowl MVP.

  12. I have always felt that if you are drafting in the top 10 and isn’t looking for a QB then why not trade way down and get yourself Extra picks.

  13. With Dee Ford signed, the Niners may pick Williams over Bosa, if Arizona indeed pick Kylar Murray number 1 overall. Arizona may also trade the number 1 pick away to a team who wants Kyler Murray badly.

  14. With the history of the injury situation of both Bosa brothers, and the importance of the #2 pick, I couldn’t in good conscience take Nick Bosa at #2. “Q” would be the safer, and better pick.

  15. My wager on the draft is this: No one except the teams involved know who will take whom in the first round, and, they are not sure. There is a reason a bookie in Las Vegas will pay out $1 million on a $10 bet to the individual bettor who picks the top ten picks and the teams they are drafted by in the correct order.

  16. I like Bosa and will feel bad for him if he has to live in freaking San Francisco. It would be embarrassing for me.

  17. Diehard82 says:
    April 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    Haskins will still be available at #4 if the Raiders wanted him. There is no need for them to give up picks.
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    Not if the Giants trade up to #3 with the Jets to take him there. The only way the Raiders can be certain of getting Haskins, and they should in my opinion, is to trade up to #2

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    No one is trading up in the top 5 for a 3rd round prospect.

  18. Whoever drafts Bosa can expect a holdout like his brother did to the Chargers. Take Quinnen and be happy.

  19. Michael E says:
    April 20, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    I like Bosa and will feel bad for him if he has to live in freaking San Francisco. It would be embarrassing for m

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    I don’t think there’s one 49er that actually lives in San Francisco. He’ll most likely live in San Jose/Santa Clara County which is like living in the Dallas Metroplex with better scenery. Dallas and San Jose are just alike except for the cost of living .

    I like Bosa, but Q Williams checks all the boxes. It’ll be an extremely difficult choice for me. Now that’s a decision that should. Take three months to determine.

  20. Regardless who they take, one thing is certain, Lynch & Shanny can not afford to mess this one up for many reasons, but especially after the horrible results produced thus from their last #2 overall selection. Yes, great move trading back, but from there, not much good has resulted from it. They’re going to take the guy they thing is the biggest sure thing in the draft, which seams to be either Bosa or Williams. Allen, while maybe just as worthy or not, had question marks around him given his size and some performances against top ranking tackles.

    My guess, and admittedly my preference, is it’s going to Bosa. That will give them 3 premium talent edge rusher (Ford, Bosa & Street) & 3 interior lineman in Buckner, Armistead, & Thomas. Drafting Williams is less likely just because if they do consider Williams and Bosa to be equals in talent and:or pro readiness, Bosa gets the tie breaker, being the edge guy they still need; and it allows them to finally play Thomas on the inside and keep him there, which is where he was productive in college.

    Trading back may be the move if Bosa is gone, but if he’s there, and they think he’s the surest thing in the draft, I highly doubt they move back, even if it means giving up an extra late round 1st rnd pick. They’re going after their needs with guys they believe will be next level gems.
    1st rnd – Bosa
    2nd rnd- Harmon

  21. Chris Simms repeatedly has said that Williams is the best interior defensive line prospect Simms has ever studied, and Simms has studied prospects like Aaron Donald.

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    The scouting key is, and this is not a knock a Simms (who I like), to know what Simms history is in scouting DT’s. We’d have to know Simms DT board historically to know if he’s good at scouting them. And this goes for anyone (scouts, GMs or otherwise) who proclaims their scouting prowess at a particular position.

  22. “Chris Simms has said”

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    Like what Simms says is gospel.😃

    Ed Oliver has been compared to Aaron Donald more than Williams has. I actually think Williams will bust. I don’t know about Chris Simms, but I saw Williams able to do nothing as Clemson was walking all over Alabama in January.

    The 3 best players in the draft IMHO:

    Josh Allen

    Ed Oliver

    T.J. Hockenson

    My money is on the above being elite players in this league for at least 10 yrs and Quinnen Williams playing for about 3 teams in 5 years and out of the league by 2025.

  23. “Best lineman Simms has ever studied?” Chris sims?

    “But what does Chris Simms think of this prospect”. -said no one ever

  24. thefiesty1 says:
    April 20, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Whoever drafts Bosa can expect a holdout like his brother did to the Chargers. Take Quinnen and be happy.
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    This is simply wrong. You’re simply one of the naive folks who were duped by the Chargers despicable social media blast of their own draft pick. The Chargers tried to fleece him out of money that every single draft pick in the top 5 since the new CBA has had. They tried to get him to accept offset money and pay his bonus in two tier’s. No play has ever accepted both propositions in his draft slot. The Chargers are infamous for being cheap and for having many rookies hold out (Rivers, LT, Merriman, Jammer, etc).

  25. Chris Simms would be driving a delivery truck if it weren’t for his father. Why Florio thinks he is such an expert on everything is beyond me.
    He was just a guy as an NFL QB and Steve Young was right when he pointed that out. Phil Simms all but challenged Young to a fight because Young made what he considered negative comments about his son’s abilities on the football field, when in fact everything Young said was true. Phil Simms showed how thin skinned he was and it’s part of the reason he’s no longer an analyst on NFL games.

  26. The 49ers are picking #2. Maybe that’s the reason they have been quiet about their draft plans. They don’t want to draw too much attention to the fact that they’re picking #2. The article even talks about the 49ers two years ago trading down one spot, but picking up a bunch of extra picks and still getting “their” guy, yet here they are picking #2 again. Wouldn’t it be nice if Chris Simms could parlay his PFT exposure into a GM gig. John Lynch didn’t have any scouting experience. Can I start a rumor that Simms is a hot name for a future GM job? Don’t laugh. All it takes is one Jed York.

  27. as a 9er fan, its gotta be Bosa or trade down. Williams is a stud but unless they plan on trading Armstead or Solomon its just to many interior linemen. Josh Allen doesnt really fit the scheme.

    I have faith after last years draft. Lynch and Shanahan got solid starters in the first 3 rounds. But that first one Solomon and Reuben. ugh that was terrible.

  28. I vote Quinnen. Bosa seems higher risk. Risk he isn’t great or gets injured. A solid very strong interior rush will make the edge rushers look better. Lynch needs something solid here. Blowing the Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster picks has really hurt the team.

  29. I’m hoping that Lynch is fired sooner rather than later because Shanahan’s offense has shown if it can score points with a third string QB they’d probably be much better with above average talent at the skill positions.

    The last thing I want to see is Shanahan’s 49er career be dependent on Lynch’s ability to get him good/great players. That would be a sad waste of offensive creativity.

  30. they need a defensive stud blue chipper that has zero character issues. so quinnen. and to the guy above. you can never have too many defensive linemen. teams are adapting to the edge rush but its the up the middle pressure that truly affects the quick release guys like brady and brees. so much so that the pats recently changed their oline philospohy and are middle heavy to prevent that up the middle rush bc tom gets rid of the ball in 2 seconds or less, mainly negating that edge pressure..

  31. Which of the top prospects has the longest rap sheet and least regard for good decision making? If history is the judge, said prospect is who John Lynch will draft.

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