2019 #2 San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, OLB, Ohio State
NFL Draft Scout
OUTLOOK: Legendary football families like the Mannings, Matthews, Gronkowskis, Watts and Fullers generate both respect and excitement from scouts, who know walking in that prospects from these households are not only going to have the genetics to handle the jump to the NFL but a better grasp of the work ethic required to stay there. That is part of the allure of Bosa, who is hoping to follow his father, John, uncle Erik Kumerow and, of course, older brother, Joey, into the NFL, all via the first round. He wasted no time in living up to expectations in the Big Ten, ranking second on a talented Buckeyes squad in sacks with five as a true freshman before exploding as a sophomore for 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Even more disruptive than his statistics suggest, Bosa was named the Big Ten's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2017 and an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American. A core muscle injury suffered against TCU in the third game of the season abruptly ended Bosa's 2018 campaign but it is worth recalling how dominant his junior season began. Bosa was leading the Buckeyes with 14 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks and two fumble recoveries (including one for a touchdown) through roughly three halves of football (as Ohio State blew out Oregon State and Rutgers) before suffering the injury. Like his older brother, Bosa is a plug and play Pro Bowl caliber edge rusher who - barring complications with his medical - will not make it out of the top five picks of the 2019 NFL draft.