Defensive end | Ohio State | Junior
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 266 pounds
2018: Started three games before undergoing surgery; recorded 14 tackles (11 solo), 4.0 sacks, including a strip sack that resulted in a Buckeyes touchdown; 6.0 tackles for loss and 1 forced fumble; was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
Career: Played in 30 games over three seasons; recorded 77 tackles (47 solo), 17.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 1 defensive touchdown, 2 forced fumbles and 2 passes broken up; 2016 Freshman All-American; 2017 All-American (AFCA); was named Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017; was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete
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Summary: Bosa was a five-star prospect coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Florida), where he was named first-team 7A All-State as a sophomore and junior and helped the Raiders win 7A state championships in 2012 and 2014.
Bosa made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes, playing in all 13 games and ranking second on the team with 5.0 sacks. He was part of a four-man rotation at defensive end that included Jalyn Holmes, whom the Vikings drafted in 2018.
His standout season occurred in 2017, when he totaled 19 solo tackles, 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two passes broken up. Analytics site Pro Football Focus gave the edge rusher a grade of 91.4 against the run and 92.5 against the pass in 2017.
Bosa underwent surgery after Week 3 of the 2018 campaign. On Oct. 16, he announced he was withdrawing from Ohio State for the remainder of the season.
NFL analyst Lance Zierlein opined that Bosa possesses “NFL play strength on a well-muscled, compact frame” and that he could fit into either a 4-3 or 3-4 system. Among strengths listed for Bosa, Zierlein noted that he has the ability to “eat double teams” like a nose tackle and that he places his focus on the ball over the blocker. He also said that Bosa can “switch gears into power bully when needed.”
“His lack of fluidity in space could prevent him from becoming an elite rusher, but he understands how to play and should become an early starter and future Pro Bowler,” Zierlein said.
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Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Bosa as this year’s best edge rusher. Bosa also topped the defensive ends list by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler. Daniel Jeremiah placed Bosa No. 1 overall on his post-combine list of top 50 prospects.
Football is family: Nick’s older brother, Joey, also played defensive end for Ohio State and was drafted third overall by the Chargers in 2016. Their father was a standout defensive end at Boston College. He was drafted 16th overall by the Dolphins in 1987 and played three NFL seasons.