Pass-rushers are at a premium in today’s NFL, that’s certainly no secret. It seems every year teams draft prospects out of college in hopes that they will get lucky and stumble into the league’s next great pass-rusher. For teams in 2019 however, there is one player in particular who might actually have a chance to become one of the truly elite quarterback hunters in the NFL.
Nick Bosa, brother to Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa, enters this season as perhaps the favorite to go No. 1 overall in next Spring’s draft and it’s easy to see why. Like his brother did during his college days, the younger Bosa has dominated the competition at Ohio State the past two seasons with 13.5 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss. His impact goes beyond just basic stats, however, as Bosa’s simple presence on defense causes offense’s to adjust their game plans.
It all starts with Bosa’s tremendous motor. This is a guy that never stops giving all-out effort and plenty of times he makes plays based on his motor alone. Perhaps my favorite part of Bosa’s game, however, is how quickly he bursts off the line. With an explosive first step that blends seamlessly with his natural upper-body strength, Bosa is able to put blockers in a defensive position right from the snap, giving him the upper hand immediately.
An early contender to be my favorite player in the 2019 class, it’s obvious Bosa has a chance to be a once-in-a-decade type of talent. Much like his brother Bosa has shown the elite tools that NFL teams dream about, and I fully expect this upcoming season to showcase those skills as Bosa proves himself as a truly elite prospect.