So much for Kyle Shanahan, who said the 49ers would do nothing about the trade deadline. According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, San Francisco for Houston Texans edge rusher Charles Omenihu is trading in exchange for a future Day 3 election.
Outside of Nick Bosa, the 49ers have struggled to create a passing rush. The team is 27th in adjusted sack rate and 21st in quarterback knockdown percentage. Dee Ford missed the last match with a concussion but is expected to return. Ford has yet to play more than 33% of the snaps in any game this season.
Arik Armstead could have added one to the visitors’ lead if his free kick had gone just a little lower. That leaves Arden Key, Samson Ebukam and Bosa on the edge. Per Sports Info Solutions has Omenihu, 24, 11 hits this year, four QB knockdowns and seven QB hits. He has no sacks. Omenihu has hit the quarterback at a higher pace than Bosa this season and his press percentage would be number two on the team only after Bosa with 12%.
Omenihu is under contract for one more season. At 6’6, 275 pounds, Omenihu ran a 4.92 40-yard dash, but jumped 36.5 inches in vertical with a 4.36 20-yard shuttle. It tells you that he is explosive and can change direction.
I asked Brett Kollman, who covers the Texans for a living, about Omenihu:
“I love it for them. He’s the kind of guy you can put inside or out on 3rd downs and be successful. Good power, great engine, uses his length well. For DCs who love to drive games up front and hurrying with four, he’s a good piece to have. I would put him next to Bosa in sub-situations and just let them work by each other. “
It’s encouraging, and it gives the 49ers the flexibility to have another pass-rusher who can play both inside and out. Here is more from Kollman:
Power is definitely his fastball. Not the best guy, but against tackles with bad hands, he has a nice cross chop, which he beats out from time to time to still get the edge. Will not win with pure speed or bending though, which is why I really like him as a 5/6 on early downs and then a 4i in pass-rush situations where he can get a little more runway on guards and just smash his pocket.
I really think TE games with Bosa will make them both a lot of money because he has so much power that he can just bulldoze through an OT’s inside shoulder and force the guard to hold on to him, making it super easy for Nick to clean up.
Niners need bodies that can come after the quarterback. But like I said with Justin Reid in 49ers in Five this morning, athletes who produce for bad teams are likely to take their game to another level when it comes to other environments. Let us hope that this is the case with Omenihu.