Now that Nick Bosa has been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'4", 266-pound Ohio State defensive end.
The comps to brother Joey are natural and, in this case, accurate. Nick Bosa is a big, explosive athlete with a relentless motor, capable of lining up with his hand in the dirt, standing up or reducing inside on passing downs. He has an explosive first step, capable of winning with quickness as a 3-technique. But he’s at his best working on the edge, due to his quickness, functional strength and, most of all, rare fluidity and flexibility for a man his size. He can dip and bend, and he is exceedingly slippery on inside counters. He’s a maestro with his hands, with a series of moves he can go to and unusual polish for a collegiate rusher. In the run game, Bosa is outstanding setting the edge, with the ability to stack blockers and move them into the offensive backfield.
Medicals are an obstacle — he left Ohio State midseason after suffering a core muscle injury that required surgery. The assumption is that he’ll be 100 percent healthy, but some teams will look back to his father John’s abbreviated NFL career after Miami selected him 16th overall in the 1987 draft. Nick has limited experience dropping into coverage and is probably a slightly less-than-ideal fit in a 3-4 scheme. Some teams may have questioned his decision not to try to come back for a playoff-contending Ohio State team (though his talent and on-field demeanor erase 99.9 percent of concerns about his love of football).
He's by far the best pure edge rusher on the board. He might be a bit behind Myles Garrett as an overall talent coming out of school, but Bosa is actually better bending the edge.