49ers’ new D-line coach earns praise from a very important source at start of rookie mini-camp
The San Francisco 49ers added several pieces to the team’s defense throughout the offseason. Arguably the most important of these pieces came in the 2019 NFL Draft. With the second overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, San Francisco selected former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa, who will now be paired with new 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
With Bosa and another pass rusher in former Kansas City Chiefs defender Dee Ford now on board in San Francisco, the 49ers newcomer in Kocurek is already receiving some serious praise from his players.
“He’s super smart. And you’ve got to appreciate his enthusiasm,” Bosa said, via Matt Barrows of The Athletic.
Of course, Bosa is expected to step right in to make an immediate impact for the up-and-coming NFC West franchise.
“High-motor defensive end prospect possessing NFL play strength on a well-muscled, compact frame,” reads Bosa’s 2019 NFL Draft profile on NFL.com. “Bosa uses forward lean, smart hands and impressive upper-body power to pry open edges against the run and pass. He can defeat single blocks and fits as an end in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts with the ability to reduce inside as a rusher. His lack of fluidity in space could prevent him from becoming an elite rusher, but he understands how to play and should become an early starter and future Pro Bowler.”
In a daunting reality for Bosa, Kocurek and the 49ers, San Francisco must compete with the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West in 2019.