We’re taking a look at prospects the San Francisco 49ers could target in the 2019 NFL Draft."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsNFL DraftNFL Draft Scouting Reports49ers potential NFL Draft target: Josh AllenNew Solomon Thomas Jersey ,89commentsWe’re taking a look at prospects the 49erscould target in the 2019 NFL Draft.PDTShareTweetShareShare49ers potential NFL Draft target: Josh AllenJasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsGeneral manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan enter into Year 3 at the helm of the San Francisco 49ers. The team holds the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after finishing 2018 with a 4-12 record. Despite an active free agency, the 49ers’ roster is still in need of upgrades at several key positions. In this series, we’ll be taking a look at prospects that could be on the 49ers’ radar throughout the draft beginning on April 25.The majority of the spotlight at second-overall has been afforded to the draft’s two best prospects, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams. Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen is typically on the outside looking in when it comes to prospects projected to the 49ers, but that wasn't always the case. It wasn’t until the Arizona Cardinals were expected to take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray that Bosa, rather than Allen, became the popular choice for the 49ers among draft analysts. Despite his dip in popularity, there’s still plenty of reason for San Francisco to consider the Wildcat standout.GoodAllen’s versatility is his strongest selling point. He has the ability to set the edge, drop into coverage and rush the passer at a high level. Allen’s productivity was impressive in 2018. In 13 games, he amassed 88 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four pass breakups. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Allen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds at the NFL Combine, reinforcing both his ability to threaten the edge as a pass rusher or cover tight ends and running backs downfield. Allen’s unique blend of size, speed and athleticism will draw teams toward what’s likely to be considered untapped potential, despite solid production at Kentucky.BadAllen, to some, has earned the label of “jack of all trades but a master of none.” His versatility is undoubtedly a positive attribute, but not if it comes at the cost of what will be his primary responsibility in the NFL: sacking the quarterback. A noticeable number of Allen’s sacks at Kentucky were on stunts or broken plays in which he was left unblocked or the quarterback was forced his direction. He displays a reliance on a small set of pass rush moves and lacks effective counters. Despite his success, Allen is still a developing prospect that will benefit from NFL coaching.FitAllen’s fit into the 49ers’ 4-3 defense is another strong selling point. His athleticism would allow him to fill the role of SAM linebacker on base downs, setting the edge, keeping contain and occasionally dropping into coverage where he’s already proven reliable. For the majority of snaps, Allen would rush the passer opposite Dee Ford. The pair would make for a dangerous combination along the edges to complement the interior pressure of DeForest Buckner.ProjectionAllen is commonly projected to the New York Jets at pick No. 3. If the 49ers are attracted to Allen’s versatile skillset, their safest bet will be to select him at second-overall. There’s also a chance that Allen could be available if the 49ers trade back slightly, with say, the Raiders at four.WhyAllen’s draw will likely vary based on who’s on the board when the 49ers pick at No. 2. If Bosa remains Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey , there’s little chance Lynch would target Allen instead. If it’s Williams, and teams aren’t banging down the door to trade up, then Allen may tempt the 49ers and their need for another edge rusher. If the 49ers truly see Ford as an every-down defensive end, then adding Allen would give coordinator Robert Saleh a pair of dynamic, impact defenders on the field for every snap. He may not have the allure of Bosa or Williams, but Allen would still be a substantial upgrade for a 49ers defense that could benefit from every aspect of his skillset. Should we manage our expectations?"Expectations are up across the board in the NFL. For most teams, anyways. The San Francisco 49ers are primed for a leap in performance from several positions and many looming uncertainties throughout the roster. With the expected pick of Nick Bosa as an immediate impact at edge rusher, the Niners are almost certain to take a giant step forward. How big of a step, though?Rome wasn’t built in one day鈥ven with the exponential impact of a full healthy season of Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Bosa both having pro bowl or near pro bowl seasons, what’s really the ceiling for the 2019 season? A competitive race for second in the NFC West? A potential wildcard with an 8-8 record? I’ll even reach as far to say there’s the possibility of even winning a postseason game. That’ll require plenty of injury luck falling in our favor and calls going our way. The timeline for the 49ers returning to dominance within the division took a step back last season with the lack of growth in chemistry due to the obvious carousel of injuries and just putting bodies in uniforms. This should be a season geared towards actually seeing what we’re working with and who’s actually competing to be a long-term asset to the franchise. One draft pick, outside the QB position, can’t propel a 4-12 team to the top of a division that sent two other teams to the postseason. #2 Overall is a HOT Commodity!In the upcoming draft you can draft impactful, ready-to-start NFL talent through the midway point of the second round. The #2 overall selection is one huge piece to a puzzle. It can also be sold to get two pieces in the first or possibly three pieces in the first 45 picks. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have 3 rookie starters, instead of 2 coming in the first 45-50 selections. Everyone is in love with the highly regarded Nick Bosa, and for good reason. I would settle for two threats coming off the edge or interior over one. It’s a numbers game.When you have time, and moneyThe salary cap is more than generously in the Niners favor these next two seasons. With almost half of the roster becoming free agents in 2020, and even more available cap space the team will have a much better idea of who should stay, who should go, and there’s plenty of big fish out there in the sea. The NFC Champions had a defense comprised of multiple free agency acquisitions, and it may have not looked pretty most the season, but it did make it to the Super Bowl. A bunch of hired guns on defense, and an overwhelmingly creative offense is all it took. The Rams are talented on both sides of the ball, but the offense was versatile without any main targets, and the defense came up big enough to end most games with the lead. The Niners are in a prime position to set themselves up for the same infrastructure moving forward after this season. Pretty smart to get the rookies now and groom them to compete for the NFC title in 2020!
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