It may be a good guess a few people are tired of the same mock drafts giving the San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa and Josh Allen. Until the Combine, it’s something to get used to. So imagine how strange it is to see another player entering the mix at No. 2.
That player is Rashan Gary. A few weeks ago, I talked about a mock from NFL.com that sent the Michigan edge rusher to the 49ers at No. 2. It was a bit of a strange pick, but a great discussion. Well, NFL.com has another mock draft, this time from Lance Zierlein. Allen goes first, but the 49ers don’t select Bosa, they select Gary. This allows Bosa to go to the New York Jets.
Here’s what Zierlein says about the Gary pick:
Watching Allen come off the board at No. 1 is a curveball the 49ers will need to be prepared for. Ohio State’s Nick Bosa is a more polished and game-ready edge rusher than Gary, but San Francisco could opt for explosiveness over refinement.
The reasoning (explosiveness over refinement) is solid, but that not only feels far to early for Gary to go, but strange that the 49ers don’t take Bosa. While Gary can be a handful for offensive lines, it’s hard to envision a scenario where the 49ers pass on Bosa at No. 2 and reach for Gary—who is projected to go at 10 or so.
It’s hard to see the 49ers letting him slip unless he has a terrible NFL Combine and interview. Or maybe the stick to Bosa is stubborness.
Is Gary in play at No. 2?