The San Francisco 49ers suffered their fifth straight losing season with a 4-12 record in 2018. Finishing 21st in the league in scoring at 21.4 points per game and 28th in points allowed at 27.2 points per game, the team has numerous needs to fill. Among them are defensive end, safety, corner back, guard, linebacker and wide receiver. The 49ers allowed 48 sacks last season, while sacking opposing quarterbacks only 37 times, intercepting just two passes and giving up 35 touchdowns. The need for wide receiver is evident after tight end George Kittle lead the team with 88 receptions and Kenrick Bourne lead receivers with just 42 catches for 487 yards and four touchdown.
Here's a rundown of players who should be on the 49ers' radar come draft day.
Nick Bosa - DE (Ohio State)
Bosa excelled during his freshman season, recording 29 tackles and five sacks in 13 games. In 2017, Bosa was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year when he had eight sacks and 34 tackles and was a legitimate Heisman Candidate for 2018. After an excellent start to his 2018 season in which he had four sacks, a forced fumble and 14 tackles, Bosa suffered a core muscle injury. He missed the remainder of the season, had surgery and has been rehabbing since.
Bosa has the overall upper-body strength so break through the line on both the run and the pass. He has the knack of using his hands well and can defeat most of single blocks. What Bosa lacks in quickness, he makes up for in knowledge of the game and likely eventually be a star NFL defensive end.
Deionte Thompson - S (Alabama)
Thompson was a redshirt freshman and in 2016 spent the majority of his time on special teams. As a sophomore, Thomspon made two starts and contributed with an interception and 25 tackles. Finally getting a chance to see significant playing time last season, Thompson made first-team All-SEC with a breakout season. He intercepted two passes, had six passes defensed, forced four fumbles and recorded 79 tackles.
Thomspon can be seen as a player with high energy level who has quickness and aggressiveness. His good range and skills on the ball make him a prime candidate to intercept many passes. However, Thompson showed inconsistencies at times. Experience should smooth the rough edges, but Thompson has the ability to be an NFL starter at some point.
Amani Oruwariye Penn State CB
A slow starter on the collegiate level, Oruwariye broke out as a leigitimate NFL prospect in 2017 when he had four interceptions and eight passes broken up, despite not starting for most of the season. As a starter last year, Oruwariye recorded 51 tackles with three interceptions and 12 passes defensed. He was recognized as first-team all Big Ten.
A physical corner who can play press coverage, Oruwariye doesn't have the blazing speed should the receiver get past him. Therefore, it is crucial that he is used in the correct coverage and win his battle with the receiver on the snap. Oruwariye's strength will be in tight coverage breaking up passes and dislodging balls from receivers. He certainly can be an NFL corner back in a scheme that fits his abilities.
Nasir Adderly - S (Delaware)
Althought Adderly comes from a small school, he made a name for himself in 2016 as third team all Colonial Athletic Association after recording 49 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior, Adderly stepped up his game even further, intercepting five passes and 78 tackles. He become a first team all-conference last season after intercepting four passes, knocking down seven others, with 87 tackles.
Adderly has very good size and football smarts, however the relatively limited tape has shown some inconsistencies in his game. Although a safety at Delaware, Adderly's physical stature and skill set may make him better suited to play corner in the NFL.
Justin Layne -CB (Michigan State)
A start wide receiver in high school, Layne was moved to corner back during his freshman year at Michigan State. After minimal playing time that season, Layne became a starter in 2017 and recorded 40 tackles and an interception. Improving his play as a junior, Layne was second-team All Big Ten after making 72 tackles and 15 passes defensed.
Layne has excellent combination of size and length and is improving on bump-and-run coverage. Although he has decent speed, Layne is quick enough with good football smarts and ball hounding skills to break up passes. Not known for his run defense, Layne needs to improve in that area.
Miles Boykin - WR (Notre Dame)
Boykin was very quite his first three seasons at Notre Dame after entering the program as state Player of the Year his senior season in high school. Boykin had only 18 receptions and three touchdowns over his first 13 collegiate games. However, Boykin came alive in 2018, recording 59 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns.
Boykin has excellent size at 6' 4" and nearly 230 pounds. He adds great length and overall athleticism that NFL scouts love. He has great potential as he will be a mismatch for many defensive backs. A raw talent, Boykin will need to improve on his routes and using his size and strength to his advantage in tight coverage. With the 49ers needing receivers, Boykin may be worth taking a shot at and could develop into an NFL starter.