- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand10 ¾
Strong Points: Terrific edge player vs. both the run and pass. Non-stop motor and plays hard every snap. Exceptional hand use for such a young player. Very good instincts. Excellent first-step quickness. Uses speed, moves or power as a pass rusher. Plays bigger than size because of hand use and power. Doesn't stay blocked. Has played both on the left and right sides. Already understands what it takes to win in the NFL.
Weak Points: Doesn't have the height and bulk of his brother, Los Angeles Chargers Pro Bowler Joey Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 draft. Nick injured his core muscle in Game 3 and missed remainder of the season following surgery. Could have returned to to play the Buckeyes' bowl game (if not sooner).
The Way We See It: The best edge player in this draft. Nick is not quite as tall or as big as big brother Joey, but he is damn good in his own right. Very quick and explosive with a great first step. Consistently aggressive with a non-stop motor. Equally productive vs. run and pass. Uses his speed and hands to coming flying off the edge but also get lows in his bull rush. Very good with using counter moves. Shows great pursuit ability and does catch plays from behind. Has the skill set to play in any defense -- athletic and flexible enough to drop into coverage in a 3-4. Will be used mostly as a pass rusher regardless of the scheme. With his brother already playing in the League, Nick "gets it." He won't go through the usual growing pains that many rookies do.
Hub Arkush: There is no question Bosa is NFL-ready and should play well. But he doesn't have quite the size, frame or natural instincts of his brother, Joey, who was the third overall pick in 2016, and Nick might fit better a little later in the first round. That said, he is still one of the two best edge rushers in this draft alongside Josh Allen, he explodes off the ball at the snap and he does have as good a motor as his brother, if not better. His bloodlines suggest a Day 1 starter, and though he's probably best fit for right end in a 4-3, he should be able to find a home in any scheme.
Best Fit: 49ers, Raiders, Giants, Falcons, Browns
Red Flags: More effort than motor and great athleticism. May lack instincts. Not great in pursuit.
NFL Comp: Michael Bennett, Justin Houston