When the 49ers drafted Nick Bosa No. 2 overall in the 2019 draft, there was an expectation that he’d be a dominant force applying pressure on quarterbacks off the edge. Year 1 was a go, but an injury derailed him in Year 2. Now going into Year 3 he’s on track to return for Week 1 at full strength and continue his upward trajectory toward the upper tier of all-time great 49ers pass rushers.
Bosa should lead San Francisco in sacks this season. If he does, he’d be their fifth different sack leader in five seasons since head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over. Finding a consistently dominant pass rusher hasn’t been easy for the 49ers though. The team’s hope is that Bosa provides the answer they’ve been searching for at the position they expect to spearhead their offense.
To illustrate just how much of a revolving door the defensive end spot has been for San Francisco, here are all their sack leaders since 2000: