It feels like this moment has been coming for a very long time. Nick Bosa is about to be one of first picks — if not the first pick — in the 2019 NFL Draft. The expectation of this Bosa topping his draft class has been building since even before his older brother Joey went third overall to the then-San Diego Chargers.
Despite the fact that we are essentially exactly where we all anticipated being, it wasn’t the easiest road for Nick. Looking to cement his legacy in Ohio State history, the younger Bosa entered the season with expectations of a dominating third year in Columbus before foregoing his senior season to turn pro.
However, against TCU in the third game of the 2018 season, Bosa went down with what was later described as a core muscle injury, which required surgery. Since the injury and subsequent operation require weeks and months of rest and delicate rehabilitation, Bosa opted to withdraw from Ohio State in order to recuperate at home, and to then live and train with his older brother.
The interesting thing is that if Bosa hadn’t gotten hurt against TCU, he probably would have had no reason to participate in most of the on-field drills at the combine. Instead, after telling the media in Indianapolis that he feels as good as he ever has, Bosa will be performing and competing on Sunday in order to prove that he is back and there are no lingering issues following his injury.
High-motor defensive end prospect possessing NFL play strength on a well-muscled, compact frame. Bosa uses forward lean, smart hands and impressive upper-body power to pry open edges against the run and pass. He can defeat single blocks and fits as an end in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts with the ability to reduce inside as a rusher. His lack of fluidity in space could prevent him from becoming an elite rusher, but he understands how to play and should become an early starter and future Pro Bowler.
Sawed-off frame with Venice Beach musculation throughout
Never skips leg days at the gym
Comes out with low pads and powerful leg drive to grind through the blocker’s edge
Rare play strength to eat double teams like a nose tackle
Able to crank up jarring initial punch
Has hand strength and core power for effective read-and-react
Able to press and extend and discard along the edge
Primary focus is on ball, not blocker
Doesn’t stay engaged for very long
Active hands never linger and are in constant motion
Difficult for tackles to punch, center, and mirror
Uses effective, accurate hands and body lean to slither around the edge
Can switch gears into power bully when needed
Ankle flexion to dip and flatten sharply to the quarterback as edge rusher
Has experience as reduced rusher in sub-packages from earlier in career
Not as naturally fluid as his brother, Joey
Tightly bundled through his hips
Upfield attack can be a little rigid
Counter rush moves based on effort over skill
Gets too straight-legged through engagement
Can bend, but doesn’t play with leveraged anchor vs
kick-outs and down blocks
Disappointing tackle production
Needs earlier disengage to combat average lateral twitch to tackle
Heavy pursuit feet and sluggish change of direction limit range as tackler
Needs to be quicker in finding the football
Missed most of 2018 with core muscle injury
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 266 lbs.
- Hand size: 10 3/4”
- Arm length: 33”
Bench press: 29 reps
40-yard dash: 4.79 official
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Nick Bosa, without a doubt, will be one of the first players taken. If the draft was run solely on talent and potential, it’s possible that he would be the only player in the discussion. However, because of the importance of the quarterback position, Bosa might be jumped by Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray or his Ohio State teammate Dwayne Haskins. However, barring an unforeseen injury, it is unfathomable to imagine that he won’t go in the top five, and more likely the top three.