49ers: Nick Bosa earns a spot on CBS Sports’ 25-under-25 list

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San Francisco 49ers’ defensive end Nick Bosa recently received some leaguewide praise

San Francisco 49ers‘ defensive end Nick Bosa had about as successful of a rookie season as anyone could have expected. Despite entering the league with sky-high expectations, Bosa managed to not only meet but exceed those expectations.

The No. 2 overall draft pick burst on to the scene in his rookie season totaling nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 25 quarterback hits. He continued his dominance in the postseason by adding four sacks in three games including a dominant showing in Super Bowl LIV.

Bosa racked up a whopping 12 total pressure in the 49ers’ disappointing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs which tied for the most pressures in a single playoff game since 2006, per Pro Football Focus.

And playing in the Super Bowl, there was no better time to do it.

Bosa’s performance as a rookie has garnered him leaguewide attention and he’s widely seen as one of the best young pass rushers in the NFL today. And clearly, that honor is more than just a title.

Where did the 49ers’ rising star rank?

CBS Sports recently ranked the top-25 players under the age of 25 and Bosa came in at No. 13 on the list. At just 22-years-old, Bosa was tied for the youngest player on the list and the only one to be ranked that high.

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Both Kyler Murray and A.J. Brown were also ranked but neither cracked the top-15. Notably, Bosa was also the only 49ers player to make the list as players like Fred Warner and Deebo Samuel — who could have garnered consideration — were left off.

Warner put together a strong case after a near-elite second-half of 2019, but there were no off-ball linebackers to make the list. Samuel, on the other hand, was fantastic in his rookie season, but it’s far to say that the aforementioned Brown and Courtland Sutton are slightly better at this point.

Bosa, however, was never even a debate.

In fact, you could argue that he should have been ranked higher on the list after the dominance he displayed in his rookie season. But given that he still has a few more years before he turns 25, he should have every opportunity to continue climbing the rankings.

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The 49ers will be looking for more of the same from Bosa in 2020 as the team attempts to make another run at a Super Bowl title.