DE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.*

6’4” – 266 lbs. – 4.79

Was a productive member of the defense as a true freshman, posting 29-7.0-5.0 despite rotating in alongside Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, and Tyquan Lewis, then stepped into a full-time starting role as a sophomore and went 34-16.0-8.5. Junior season ended after just three games due to a core muscle injury, but still managed to go 14-6.0-4.0 in that span. Tall, with pretty solid bulk for a pass-rusher; looked bigger as a junior. Played both end spots on the Buckeye line. Came from Greg Schiano’s swarming, one-gap defensive front, and has the quickness to disrupt rushing attempts by creating penetration off the snap. Plays with a good pad level, fires out low and does a good job of using his hands to get past blockers. Also exhibits the ability to extend his arms and dig in against power, dropping his anchor and functioning as a two-gap, read-and-react defender. Good timing when stacking and shedding blockers, with a wide tackling radius to bring down ballcarriers. Very rangy in pursuit, both because of his effort and because of his speed. Level of activity allows him to work through trash and flow toward the ball. Can sometimes get too aggressive and take himself out of position; would like to see a little bit more patience. Highly productive pass-rusher who projects as a primary option at the next level. Get-off can be a little bit inconsistent at times but covers a lot of ground with his first step to challenge the edge with speed. Also does a great job of mixing up his rush approach and working in a generous amount of inside moves, using his suddenness to threaten gaps. Hand use really stands out, getting his arms extended to keep opponents out of his frame and using swipes and slaps to avoid being engaged. Very good body control and bend when coming around the edge. Has the speed and closing burst to hunt down and finish quarterbacks who try to flee the pocket. Capable of making it out to the sidelines to make tackles in the screen game. Considered the top candidate to go first overall in this year’s draft class because of the threat he presents on the edge given his athleticism and hand use, Bosa looks like a primary pass-rusher who can function as a foundational piece for a pro defensive front. May not be quite as well-rounded as his brother, but it’s easy to see why people view him as a plug-and-play producer.

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