Nick Bosa

Ohio State

Prospect Info

College
Ohio State
Hometown
Class
FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
266 lbs
33”
Hands
10 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.55
Chance to Become Pro Bowl-Caliber Player
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 1 ‧ Pick 2
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40 Yard Dash
4.79u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
29
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.1
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.14
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Ohio State's top defender figured to have a shot at attending the 2018 Heisman Trophy ceremony the way his junior season began. He started the first three games, making 14 tackles, six for loss, four sacks, and a forced fumble. However, an injured core muscle suffered in Week 3 forced him to spend the rest of the fall rehabbing and preparing for the draft. The Heisman hype was real due to his play in 2017, where he was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and first-team all-conference selection (34 tackles, 15 for loss, eight sacks), despite starting only 4 of 14 games played. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native contributed heavily his freshman year, as one would expect from one of the top five recruits in the country, playing in all 13 games and making 29 stops and five sacks. Bosa is the brother of Joey, the 2016 No. 3 overall pick for the San Diego Chargers, and son of John, the 1986 first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1, top 5 pick
NFL Comparison
Michael Bennett
Overview
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.
Strengths
  • 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
Weaknesses
  • 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
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league