NFL Draft Future Stars: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

Connor Rogers continues his NFL Draft future stars series with a look at Ohio State Edge Nick Bosa..

The Future Stars series is on to it’s third edition with Ohio State’s Nick Bosa after already covering Houston’s Ed Oliver and Florida State’s Levonta Taylor.

A legitimate potential number one pick for the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buckeyes sack master will be a must-watch talent throughout this year’s college football season. Let’s breakdown what makes the younger Bosa brother a special talent.

Bio:

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 263 lbs.
Year: Junior
Age: 20

To many fans and media Nick Bosa is ‘Joey’s younger brother’, but there’s already much more on his resume. He was a consensus five star recruit out of high school after being an ultra productive four year starter.

In 2016 as a true freshman he had five sacks and seven tackles for a loss on his way to being named an ESPN freshman All-American.

In 2017 he was even better, registering 8.5 sacks with 16 more tackles for a loss. He was voted a First-Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, won the Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year award and made Academic All-Big Ten.

His brother Joey, father John and uncle Erik Kumerow were all first round picks in the NFL Draft.

Scouting report:

Explosiveness and IQ

Much like Joey, who has the testing numbers in the broad jump, three cone and 20 yard shuttle to back it up, Nick is an explosive threat off the edge.

He gets a great jump off the snap, enabling him to disrupt both the run and the pass.

More importantly, especially for an underclassman, his IQ to diagnose what’s in front of him maximizes his explosiveness. He reads the run extremely well, can counter as a rusher and finds his way to the football with great closing speed.

As seen above, he’s too much to handle for a tight end or running back as he closes for a sack on Sam Darnold.

Hand usage

From a technique standpoint, Bosa is in the same mold as Ed Oliver where he is pro-ready after only two years of college football. Offensive lineman really struggle to gain leverage on him due to great hand usage as seen below:

Once Bosa disengages from the tackle, he has the ability to plant his foot into the ground to turn the corner and finish the rush for a sack. This can be the difference from a good pass rusher who forces the quarterback to navigate the pocket, to a great one that closes the play for a big time loss.

Power

Much like Bradley Chubb, this year’s fifth overall pick, Bosa displays incredible power and relentlessness. He can convert speed to power, but even on mediocre jumps off the snap (or potential run reads, as seen blow), he still has the strength to push the pocket.

Once again his closing speed allows him to finish for a sack, this time on Baker Mayfield. The long arm he displays to dump the center to the ground is a superb display of strength and yet another pass rush move in his arsenal.

Outlook:

If I had to bet on a player right now to go number one overall next year, I’d put my money on Nick Bosa. It’s currently a tight race between him and Ed Oliver, but there is a premium on elite edge pass rush talent in the NFL right now.

He’s been every bit as good as his brother was throughout his first two seasons for Ohio State and a productive Junior year will solidify his top-5 status for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Photo Credit: Ohio State