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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan says Nick Bosa further along than Solomon Thomas as a rookie

Kyle Shanahan, Nick Bosa, 49ers

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is extremely high on the team’s 2019 first-round pick, defensive end Nick Bosa. Bosa, selected second overall by the franchise, is entering his rookie training camp in the NFL. He has a steep learning curve to handle in order to become an elite defensive player in the league. He is physically gifted, but must now understand the game in order to maximize his potential.

Per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area:

Bosa is not too far behind as he was still able to attend the team’s offseason program, sit in meetings and watch practices while rehabbing a mild hamstring strain sustained on the first day of organized team activities. He is already much further along than defensive lineman Solomon Thomas was as a rookie just two years ago.

“Bosa got hurt the first day, so he wasn’t able to do the practice, but at least he was around here,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s more ahead of guys like Solomon, who couldn’t even sit and be in our meetings.”

The Ohio State product, 21, comes from a rich football background in his family—his older brother Joey is the intimidating Pro Bowl DE for the Los Angeles Chargers while father John played for the Miami Dolphins in the 1980’s.

Bosa has spent time with his new coaches and teammates over the spring and summer as the NFL recently revised a rule preventing college draft picks from participating in organized team activities (OTAs); for example Thomas, the compared DE Shanahan brings up, was the Niners’ third overall pick in 2017 but could not attend OTAs while Stanford had classes going on.