The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Nick Bosa already preparing for the NFL Draft and being a highly-touted prospect, he’ll be the first prospect evaluated.
Bosa has good size and will likely add to his frame like his brother did once he got to the NFL. Although he played in a 4-3 scheme at Ohio State, he has the traits and size to play in the multiple schemes at the NFL level. He has solid play strength that he uses to stand his ground and shed blockers.
He is quick off of the snap of the ball, which helps him push back opposing tackles before they are ready. His good athleticism and hand fighting help him get to the quarterback on pass plays. He bends well to get around the corner too. When matched up one on one with a blocker he usually wins, but often times is double teamed.
Against the run, Bosa maintains good gap integrity and uses his great block-shedding skills to get to the ball carrier. He keeps his motor going and makes sure to follow the play through to get the ball carrier is on the ground.
It is easy to tell that Bosa trains with his brother because he has a similar pass rushing technique and uses his hands about as well.
People trying to find weaknesses will not find many with Bosa. Bosa could improve his play recognition, as he has a tendency to get fooled on misdirections, reverses and play actions. This is one area where he could have better discipline and it has cost his team in the past.
He will also have to prove that he can play through a grueling NFL schedule. In his first two seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes had enough depth that they could keep all of their defensive linemen fresh. In his third season as a Buckeye, Bosa got hurt in the third game. In a 16 game NFL schedule where most teams won’t have great depth at his position, Bosa will be asked to play a lot more than he has been at Ohio State.
Bosa will also have to be cleared of his injury, but if he can participate in the NFL Combine in February, he should be fine. With his core muscle injury, the NFL might wonder how long it will take to shake off the rust after only playing in three games this season.
Projected Draft Range: Top five pick