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Nick Bosa becomes first rookie Pro Bowl player for 49ers since 2014

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It’s been a half-decade since the San Francisco 49ers have had an impact rookie like defensive end Nick Bosa. The star pass rusher, who the Niners selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft, has been selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl.

In his rookie season, Nick Bosa has recorded 41 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and one interception in 14 games.

In Reid’s 2014 rookie season, the LSU product recorded 91 tackles, 11 pass deflections and four interceptions.

With the selection, Bosa becomes the first Niners rookie to make the Pro Bowl since safety Eric Reid in 2014. Bosa joins three other Niners in fullback Kyle Jusczyk, tight end George Kittle and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Fellow defensive linemen Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Raheem Mostert, safety Jimmie Ward, linebacker Fred Warner and offensive linemen Weston Richburg and Joe Staley were all selected as alternates for the Pro Bowl.

The 49ers drafted Bosa in the past draft in the hopes that the former Ohio State star would develop into the anchor of their defense. Despite a slight dip in play in recent games, San Francisco has fielded one of the best defenses in the league in 2019 and the rookie defensive end is a big part of why.

After going 4-12 in 2018, the 49ers have taken a big step forward this season and currently sit with an 11-3 record. Due to an overtime loss against the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, San Francisco is currently slotted as a wild card team if the playoffs were to start today.