2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa

HEIGHT: 6-4

WEIGHT: 263

COLLEGE: Ohio State

CLASS: Junior

2018 STATS: 14 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 defensive touchdown, 1 forced fumble (3 games)

CAREER STATS: 77 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 defensive touchdown, 2 forced fumbles (29 games)

GAMES WATCHED (11): Oregon State, TCU (2018); Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, OklahomaUSC (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S

BALL GET-OFF (18/20)

  • Very good first-step quickness; gets good depth out of stance in first few steps
  • Generally times snap count well; can occasionally be a hair late with post-snap movement

RUN DEFENSE (19/20)

  • Disciplined run defender that maintains gap responsibility
  • Sets a firm edge; keeps outside shoulder clean to make tackles/pursue outside runs
  • Good play recognition; reads and reacts well while engaged with blockers
  • Great frontside and backside run defender; strength to hold up on the frontside, speed to pursue from the backside
  • Reliable tackler in space or in traffic
  • Generally takes good angles in run support; can occasionally give up the edge against elusive ball-carriers on cutbacks

TECHNIQUE (15/15)

  • Elite hand usage vs. run and pass
  • Wide variety of pass rush moves/counters: swipe/rip, club/rip, club/swim, cross-chop, long-arm, push/pull, bull-rush, outside step/swat, stutter-step/club
  • Leverage — fires off the snap with low pad level on a consistent basis
  • Excellent hand placement/arm extension when defending the run

POWER (15/15)

  • Capable pocket-pusher with powerful bull-rush, long-arm
  • Strong enough to hold up at 3-technique DT on obvious passing downs

FLEXIBILITY (9/10)

  • Very impressive bend around the edge; can corner on offensive tackles at tight angles
  • Great shoulder and ankle flexibility
  • Lacks Von Miller/Harold Landry-level elite hip flexibility

RECOGNITION (10/10)

  • Disciplined defender that doesn’t bite on play fakes
  • Good awareness of trap blocks/pulling linemen
  • Diagnoses plays quickly
  • Reads offensive tackle sets very well; knows how and when attack them based on their stance

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • Powerful, sturdy build makes him a fit for 4-3DE or 3-4OLB

MOTOR (5/5)

  • Effort is consistently outstanding
  • Relentless pass rusher and pursuit defender

SPEED/AGILITY (4/5)

  • Very good closing speed
  • Fairly agile/fluid movement in space; able to redirect fairly quickly

RED FLAGS

  • Core muscle injury in 2018
  • Tore ACL as a high school senior

OVERALL GRADE: 95.00/100.00 — TOP 5 — generational talent; once-in-a-decade type of player

NFL COMPARISON: (more explosive) Joey Bosa

SCHEME FIT: 4-3 strong-side DE; can also play 4-3 weak-side DE, 3-4 OLB

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-3 pick

“Nick Bosa is a rare four-tool edge rusher that can beat you with speed, power, flexibility and hand technique. With his elite run defense and pass-rush ability, he should quickly become a top-5 player at his position with the potential to average 12-15 sacks per year in the NFL.” – Dan Wussow

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