New San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams has been impressed by sophomore defensive Nick Bosa as he thinks the second overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft will end up being one of the greatest to have ever played at the position.
Williams, who made seven consecutive Pro Bowls between 2012 and 2018, didn't play in the last two seasons after forcing his trade out of the Washington Football Team. "He's better than I even thought he was -- and I already knew he was top three, four in the game," Williams said of Bosa.
"But just going up against him every day, seeing how smart he is, seeing how hard he works and just seeing how seriously he takes the game, I honestly see his trajectory as being one of the best in the game." "When it's all said and done, I think when you say who is the best pass-rusher/all around D-end, I think Nick Bosa's name will probably be the first name to come out of a lot of people's mouth.
And it's a blessing for me because I'm able to go against him every day. We're able to talk, kind of walk each other through how we're thinking, and it's been a great help to me. I couldn't have planned a better camp as far as learning-wise and knocking the rust off."
Coach thrilled to watch Williams and Bosa going against each other
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan says both Williams and Bosa are extraordinary talents and watching them compete is a pleasure. "It's been really cool to watch," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.
"You've got two extremely talented guys, but the cool thing about them is you've got two guys who really understand their technique and the position. Trent, with the years he's been in the league, with his talent; and Nick has understood technique, I always joke about, since he came out of the womb because he's been made to rush the passer.
So watching those two go together, it's pretty cool." Bosa enjoyed an outstanding rookie season, winning the Rookie Defensive Player of the Year award. "For me, going against Trent, it's just trying to win whatever way I can," Bosa said.
"I try to split them. At least split them -- one win, one loss; that's what I hope for. You're not gonna beat Trent clean very often, so getting a clean win on him is a good feeling."