NAME: Nick Bosa
SCHOOL: Ohio State
JERSEY: No. 97
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-Star
First Step Quickness – Has effective burst in short spaces, consistently pressuring the outside on slow footed or sloppy OTs. Explosiveness stands out most on obvious passing down/distances. Will eat up a lot of space on initial three steps to force a premature hinge and isolate OTs in rush.
Hand Technique/Length – Masterful ability to discard the hands of would-be blockers. Has the needed pinpoint accuracy to slap through the wrist or elbow and knows how to use leverage and momentum to pop loose a hand fit off of his chest. Follows through with limb to ensure no reset by blocker is clean.
Pass Rush Counters – Is lethal when working back inside to turn up into the pocket and flatten to challenge vs. over-setting OL. Has won with push/pull, chop/club, inside swim move, speed rush and by converting speed to power. Has no shortage of counters and knows how and when to implement.
Flexibility – Torso mobility is among the best in the class. Ability to open the shoulders, diminish surface area and carry speed through corners is excellent. Pliable frame allows for optimal rush counter finishes. Has little issue with working through tight spaces as a result.
Run Defending – Processing and reactive quickness vs. drive blocks is tremendous. Ability to step into pulling OL and quickly set hands allows for effective setting of the edge and forcing the ball back into pursuit. Stout LOS defender who is wins through stacking blocks and in penetration reps.
Competitive Toughness – Consistently plays on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage, rarely uprooted when playing to anchor vs. blocks. Awareness as a rusher allows for extra effort once passer is flushed into a pursuit angle. Can be found down the field pursuing the football on plays breaking LOS.
Tackling – Stout wrap up tackler. Shows effective skill in disengaging from blocks late and contorting his wingspan to get a wrap up on the ball carrier, even if losing balance or dropping to the ground. Does not give up ground in head-up tackle attempts. Explosive hitting power.
Feet/Change Of Direction – Lateral skills shine brightest when gearing down to corner and pivot back from over-pursuing the pocket. Can give up the edge in head up tackle opportunities vs. shifty ball carriers but takes good angles to prevent poor reps. Sudden doubling back across face of blockers.
Stand Up Ability – Has been offered intermittent opportunities to stand up and rush from a two-point stance. Wouldn’t recommend playing out in space as a coverage option, although could be given creative reps to spy quarterbacks or drop off the edge to take away a quick slant.
Football IQ – Polish is present for an immediate impact at the NFL level. Wins with fundamentals and with athletic ability. Heady player who offers multiple layers to pass rush plan and rarely gets caught without a secondary counter ready to beat blockers.
PROS: Strong get-off. Explodes off the snap and gains a lot of ground in his first few steps. Takes great angles to the pocket, getting his hips and feet pointed to the quarterback early in the rep. Pad level is exquisite at the top of the arc, great forward lean into his rush and out-reached his opponent consistently. Devastating hand usage with incredible raw power. Can displace tackles with a long arm, bull rush, cross chop or club on any given rush. Deep arsenal of moves and recognizes when to counter inside. Trims the edge with hand usage at top of the arc. Ankle bend to really tilt the corner. Motor is non-stop. Extremely physical.
CONS: Not super bendy in the hips. First step timing can be off, resulting in some late get-offs. Pad level can swell as a run defender, not due to flexibility, just a lack of attention to detail. Can get caught over-pursuing in the open field, needs to throttle down to make stops at times.
WORST TRAIT – Stand-Up Ability
BEST FILM – Wisconsin (2017)
WORST FILM – Michigan (2017)
RED FLAGS – 2018 abdominal/core injury
EDGE Nick Bosa projects as a high impact 3-point stance rusher from day one. Offering versatility to play in nearly any scheme/front, Bosa is a universal blue chip prospect who can be moved along the line of scrimmage at the leisure of down/distance and at the will of his coaches. An ideal role would feature interior reps for penetration skills and maximize mismatch opportunities.