Nick Bosa

#97 Ohio State University, Defensive End (Junior)
Height: 6'4, Weight: 263
Grade: 9.10, Round: 1

Nick Bosa came in as a heralded 5-star prospect. Brother of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, he had quite the expectation to live up at Ohio State. In 2017, Bosa matched the expectation by becoming the Big 10 Conference defensive lineman of the year. He also was a first-team All-American. Both of those accolades came as only a true sophomore, and room for growth is what made him one of the best prospects in all of college football. Bosa played in three games this season, but in the third of which he suffered a core muscle injury. He has decided to sit out the rest of the season to train for the NFL draft, officially declaring him as a junior. He has undergone successful surgery, and come the draft combine he should be ready to show the world what he's got. In the season opener, he was named the Bednarik player of the week in their win against Oregon State. After leaving the game against TCU, it is disappointing that we won't get to see him go up against top quality offensive lines such as Wisconsin, but his tape is deep enough to know what you are getting with the Ohio State product. 

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Good height for a prototypical defensive end
  • Speed rush is lethal
  • Very good with his hands
  • Good awareness of where he is on the arc 
  • Good footwork
  • Constant quarterback pressures 
  • Burst is top notch
  • Bend and athleticism is very good
  • IQ is pretty good
  • Potential is there for run defense ability
  • Elite production
  • Could stand to add some weight in muscle
  • Play recognition could improve, plug a hole in the line on runs rather than hitting the edge
  • Doesn't need to use a wide array of pass rush moves, will become necessary