April seems a bit far away in part because of the San Francisco 49ers’ draft order. Their No. 2 slot has been getting consistent with Josh Allen sliding in and the occasional Nick Bosa craziness coming once in a while.
Things might get redundant, but it’s Senior Bowl week and we have another draft from CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson to look at. The obvious happened: Nick Bosa to the Arizona Cardinals and Josh Allen to the 49ers. There’s one huge difference I’ll get to in a second, but first, what Wilson thought of the pick on Senior Bowl week:
Is Josh Allen the best pass rusher in the draft? That will be decided in the coming weeks and months, but no one did more for their draft stock than Allen , who returned to Kentucky for his senior season and went off. After seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2017, Allen gained 10-15 pounds of muscle and put up 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss and was pretty much unblockable. The 49ers need an edge rusher and Allen is it.
The more I’m reading and watching on Allen, the more I like for him on the 49ers. That versatility offers some solid balance when the defense is forced to remain on the field in hurry-up situations.
So the big thing about this draft is the trade at fifth. The Jacksonville Jaguars did in fact make a trade in this mock, but it was to No. 5 where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are. Dwayne Haskins was the obvious pick. This is important to note because we’ve discussed how the Jaguars—or any QB needy team by extension—may be paying overkill for the No. 2 spot when they can get to No. 4 or No. 5 and save some draft capitol. Unless Haskins is goes lights out in his workouts for the coming months, I just don’t see a trade to No. 2. There aren’t enough teams in the Jaguars’ draft zipcode looking for a quarterback. If it happens, better hope Josh Allen does the same lights out performances in his workouts, because that will make the trade—and the pass on his talent—that much more expensive for the suitor wanting Haskins.