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49ers Select Ohio State DE Nick Bosa with the Second Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

As expected after the Cardinals took quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick, the 49ers took a game changer on defense, taking Nick Bosa with the second pick.

Here’s a scouting report from Walter Football:


Dangerous edge pass-rusher
Good get-off
Has some pass-rushing moves
Excellent pursuit defender
Consistent source of pass pressure
Coverts speed to power
Assignment sound
Can cause havoc behind the line of scrimmage
Uses hands well
Can use his hands and feet at the same time
Plays with good leverage
Battles as a run-defender
Can chase down running backs down from the backside
Pad level
Natural feel for a quarterback
Skilled at shedding blocks
Built up power
Strength to shed blocks
Experience against double-teams
Ready to play immediately


Does not have great length
A little short
A little light
Frame could be maxed out
Coming off serious injury
Can get covered up some in the ground game

Summary: Before even lining up for one snap, there were big expectations for Nick Bosa at Ohio State. The reason for that was Bosa following in the footsteps of his older brother Joey, who was a superstar defensive end for the Buckeyes and ended up being the third-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The pressure and hype didn’t get to Bosa as he quickly made an impact for Ohio State on a defensive line that was filled with future NFL players and early-round picks.

As a freshman in 2016, Bosa had a strong debut as a rotational player, recording five sacks with 29 tackles and seven tackles for a loss. He was even better as a sophomore. Bosa got more playing time, but Ohio State still employed a steady rotation with other defensive ends including Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Bosa had 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. Hubbard and Lewis were second-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, while Holmes went in the fourth round. Thus, it is very impressive that Bosa was the best defensive lineman on the Buckeyes. He looked like he was just scratching the surface of what he was capable of doing.

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