SCHOOL: Ohio State HEIGHT: 6036
WEIGHT: 266 - ARM: 33 in
HAND: 10 3/4 - WINGSPAN: 77 7/8
40 Yd Dash: 4.79 - Bench: 29 - Vert: 33.5 - Broad: 9’8 - 3 Cone: 7.10 - 20 Yd Shuttle: 4.14
GRADE- 8.57 - 2019 Rank: #1
THE PLAYER- Nick Bosa comes from a strong family pedigree with older brother Joey terrorizing quarterbacks for the Chargers. Both have surpassed their father who was a first round pick of the Dolphins as well. Nick when healthy was a fierce pass rusher for the Buckeyes as he was tough to block against the run, and overwhelmed tackles on the edge. Bosa was an All Big Ten defender, but a muscle injury forced him out of action before he shut himself down to prepare for the draft.
STRENGTH- Muscular & stocking build with flexibility to bend. Comes out with low pad level and powerful leg drive to grind through the blocker's edge. Possesses play strength to eat double teams. Powerful hands deliver a strong jab through blockers off balance. Has the strength to stack and shed. Has a nose for the football. Possesses the speed to chase down runners from behind. Gets on tackles quickly breaking down their punch and turns the corner. Can reduce and work as an inside rusher in sub-packages. Converts speed to power easily. Has the ability to put tackles on skates with his ability to rush them down the middle.
WEAKNESSESS- Durability is a concern. Missed time with injury before shutting down his final season. Lacks variety of pass rush moves. Rushers with more effort and ability as opposed to setting up blockers. Attacks without reading at times. Pursuit angles are inconsistent. Gets caught playing with high pad level at times allowing blockers into his chest. Doesn’t finish in the pile enough. Changes direction too slow for a player with his athletic ability.
THE VERDICT- Bosa is a right defensive end in a 4-3. You can stand him up in a 3-4, but it would rob him of his best skill which is to be aggressive upfield. He will continue to improve as a pass rusher. You can move him up and down the line to exploit matchups inside and out. Bosa can start Day 1 and will grow as he plays. As he develops more pass rush moves he will become a consistent pass rusher. He is an immediate upgrade to any team’s pass rush.