Former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa has been selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Bosa becomes the 14th Buckeye defensive end drafted since 2001, and the fifth to be selected in the first round. He joins his brother Joey (No. 3 overall, 2016) as top-five picks.
Bosa’s father John was the 16th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1987 NFL draft. Bosa’s uncle — and former Buckeye — Eric Kumerow went 16th overall to the Dolphins one year later.
Nick Bosa played in 30 games in his three years as a Buckeye, missing all but three games of the 2018 season with a core muscle injury. Despite missing 11 games last season, he was voted Honorable Mention All-Big Ten. In his 2.5 games last year, he notched 14 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, and a forced fumble.
As a sophomore in 2017, Bosa was named a First-Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, earning a tree in Buckeye Grove next to his brother. Splitting reps in 2017, Bosa managed 34 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
In 2016 as a freshman, Bosa immediately found his way into the defensive end rotation. He finished second on the team with 5.0 sacks and tied for sixth with 7.0 tackles for loss. He was named a Freshman All-American
Following his injury against TCU in 2018, Bosa withdrew from Ohio State to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Ohio State Bio: Nick Bosa is an all-time great Ohio State defensive lineman … a 2017 Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year and an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American, Bosa was considered by many as the best player in college football through the first several games of the 2018 season … his 6.0 tackles-for-loss, totaling 43 yards, ranked 10th nationally and were accumulated in only about three halves of football … his four quarterback sacks – third-most nationally – included a strip sack of TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson that resulted in a fumble and an Ohio State touchdown in the hard-fought win … he had tied his career high in tackles – five – in two of the three games this season, and he was the Buckeyes’ leading tackler with 14 … his two fumble recoveries included one he recovered for a touchdown against Oregon State … Bosa was injured in the third quarter of the TCU game though, and after having surgery, he missed the rest of the season, yet still earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors … with that injury came the close of the Bosa era for Ohio State football … either Nick, or brother Joey, had played for the Buckeyes in 71 of the past 72 games dating to 2013 … and like his brother, Nick was similarly dominant … in fact, the two had virtually identical stats through 30 games: Joey had 34.5 tackles for loss and Nick had 29.0; Joey had 21.0 quarterback sacks and Nick had 17.5 … and here is the testament to how good Nick was: he had similar stats to Joey yet had played more than 600 fewer snaps … as a sophomore in 2017 Bosa led the Buckeyes in tackles-for-loss (16.0) and TFL yardage (74) with another team-high with 8.0 quarterback sacks … he was second in the Big Ten in both TFLs and sacks … consistently outstanding, he was named a game “champion” by the Ohio State coaches for his efforts in all 12 wins in 2017, the only defensive player to achieve the feat … he was part of a terrific quartet of rotating defensive ends that combined for 42 tackles-for-loss and 24 quarterback sacks, with only eight defensive snaps separating them (Tyquan Lewis led with 534 and was followed by Sam Hubbard with 531, Jalyn Holmes with 527 and Bosa with 526) … Bosa was second on the team as a true freshman in 2016 with 5.0 quarterback sacks … he was an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in communications.