San Francisco 49ers (1-7)
Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals likely means there’s an excellent chance the 49ers are picking ahead of their division rivals next spring. Draft-order tiebreakers are (in order) strength of schedule, division tiebreakers and conference tiebreakers before we get to the coin flip, and right now the 49ers hold the edge in all of them and currently have one fewer victory after being swept by Arizona.
Jimmy Garoppolo will receive every opportunity to be the long-term starter in San Francisco, so we can rule out a quarterback if the top pick lands there. (Not to say the 49ers couldn’t draft a QB, however, with replacement C.J. Beathard perhaps showing his limitations during the team’s losing streak. It just won’t be at No. 1 overall.)
The 49ers are in an interesting spot in that the strongest non-QB position that high in the draft easily appears to be on the defensive line. That’s the position the team used first-round picks three years straight — Arik Armstead (2015), DeForest Buckner (2016) and Solomon Thomas (2017).
Would they have an issue going with Bosa or another D-lineman? It says here no, they absolutely would not. They’ll surely be inclined to take the best available talent, regardless of position, and that includes an end or a tackle. Armstead might not be in the team’s long-term plans, and Thomas has yet to develop fully.
So we easily could see two Bosas, along with older brother Joey on the Chargers, playing in California next year.