Nick Bosa is a master technician at the defensive end position. What Bosa lacks in the athletic ability department, he makes up for it in his hand/arm technique which makes him practically unblockable working off the edge. Showcases a wide variety of pass rush moves (swims, rips, cross-chops, push-pulls, and clubs) to get to the quarterback off the edge, or with deadly inside counter moves. A very flexible athlete in his hips and legs. Has enough bend and burst off the edge to give tackles problems with his speed. Great first step explosion which allows him to beat opposing offensive lineman off the snap on a large majority of snaps. Plus run defender that consistently makes plays against the run by setting a strong edge, and making plays in the backfield. Knows how to use leverage and plays with good pad level when taking on a bigger offensive lineman. Bosa has a motor that doesn’t run out of gas and shows that with his relentless pass rush ability, but also the way he plays a run from the backside.
While the weaknesses are on a very short list, working on his contact balance at the point of attack is something that Nick Bosa can improve on. Far too often, Bosa will get knocked off track, or even to the ground when taking on pulling offensive lineman (Oregon State film). Will likely be limited to 4-3 schemes due to the lack of experience dropping into coverage. There are games where I question his true athletic ability, but he certainly makes up for it with his technique, power, and the explosion he plays with.
Nick Bosa's bend and lower body/hip flexibility is beautiful. pic.twitter.com/9xmaZ2T7v3
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 14, 2019
Nick Bosa is likely going to be one of the top pass rushers taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, and deservedly so. Bosa plays with great technique in his hands/arms, a tremendous amount of power in his lower and upper body, and has enough athleticism that allows him to beat offensive lineman not only with his technique and power, but his speed, burst, and flexibility. Bosa is a true defensive end, that can be a dominant force against the run, while also wreaking havoc on quarterbacks. Bosa tallied 17.5 sacks in just 29 games at Ohio State, and also added 29.0 tackles for loss in that same span. Bosa (barring injury), like his brother, will be one of the best defensive linemen in football if he continues to develop at the rate he has in college.