The 49ers have 2 of the top 3 players from the 2019 draft in the NFL.com ranking

The NFL 2019 draft class was loaded. It was also an important group for the 49ers. They had to make the right choices that year to open the Super Bowl window.

They had great success with their eight selections that year, and now after three full seasons for the 2019 draft, the 49ers have two of the top three players in the division, according to NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks. They had a third player who had just lost his place in Brooks’ list of the top 15.

The following is a quick reminder of San Francisco’s choices that year:

Round 1, Option 2: DE Nick Bossa
Round 2, Option 36: WR Deebo Samuel
Round 3, Option 67: WR Jalen Hurd
Round 4, Option 110: P Mitch Wishnowsky
Round 5, Option 148: LB Dre Greenlaw
Round 6, Option 176: TE Kaden Smith
Round 6, Option 183: OT Justin Skule
Round 6, Selection 198: CB Tim Harris

Five of those eight players are still at the club, and few of them have emerged as key high-quality players in the league.

See how Brooks put the 49ers in his standings:

No. 2, DE Nick Bosa

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Bosa is No. 2 on the list. The only player ahead is Cardinals QB Kyler Murray who went first overall that year. There is an argument that Bosa had a better start to his career even with an ACL tear that cost him almost his entire second season. It would not be a surprise if Bosa is considered the best choice from 2019 until this lesson is done in the NFL.

In the words of Brooks:

The polished maneuvers of the talented flummox technician opponents on the edges. After suffering a knee injury at the end of the season in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign, Bosa returned in 2021 and immediately collected 15.5 dismissals (fourth most in the league). It’s a nightmare to block attacks due to its non-stop engine and huge toolbox. With few passersby possessing such a fertile mix of instincts, skills and knowledge, it is time to give Bosa his flowers as one of the game’s leading artists today.

No. 3, WR Deebo Samuel

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The WR 2019 category was not particularly heavy, but it has turned into a very good group. Baltimore took Marquise Brown No. 25 overall, and the Patriots picked N’Keal Harry No. 32 overall. Samuel was the third WR from the board that year and may be the best of a group that also includes Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and Eagles WR AJ Brown, selected by the Titans. Samuel was best known for his role as a “wideback” last year, but his work as a runner overshadowed his 1,405 yards and 18.2 yards of the top league per reception. There can be no more exciting, potential threat to big NFL games right now than Samuel, whether it affects air or ground games. His placement among the top 3 is well earned, right in front of the selections of the Titans, DT Jeffery Simmons and Brown.

In the words of Brooks:

The 49ers’ top offensive weapon is a flip. Samuel has a unique position as a wing back with explosive ability as a runner / receiver in the San Francisco electric attack. Although he requested a transaction from the Niners and did not participate in voluntary OTAs, Samuel showed up at the mandatory minicamp this week. It is hard to imagine that the team divides its paths with a player who performs as a top five receiver and runs backwards.

I just lost, LB Dre Greenlaw

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Greenlaw is probably the best choice for the 49ers this year. He entered a packed LB room and immediately took over as the original Sam linebacker. Then he completed wonderfully at Will LB’s point when Kwon Alexander came down with a pec injury. This culminated when Greenlaw reached the finish line in Week 17 in Seattle with the NFC West for San Francisco. He was a great player for them in what could be the best LB body in the NFL. Brooks left him out of the top 15, but the list of the top 20 or 25 definitely includes Greenlaw.

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