Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

2019 NFL Draft

Defensive End Rankings Going Into The 2019 NFL Combine

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1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State 6-4, 263 (1)

Career Statistics: 77 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles

Why Nick Bosa Is Here On The List: If it’s not Kyler Murray as the No. 1 overall draft pick to the fighting Kingsbury’s of Arizona, it’s going to be the amazing prospect who appears to be the next version of his brother.

Everyone says they want a Joey Bosa type, well here you go – sort of. Nick isn’t as big as Joey, and he was nowhere near the same college player. But he’s got the pass rushing upside, the motor, and the strength to become almost as good in the NFL right away.

However, is he here if his last name isn’t Bosa? He got hurt and missed almost all of last season with an injury, but before that, he disappeared a bit too often and – even with his fight and want-to – he didn’t make a whole lot of plays. But when he turned it on and took over … boom.

What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he move? He’s back on the field again, and now we all get to see if he really does look the part of a No. 1 overall pick, or if he’s mostly hype and projection. He’s a top three pick no mater what, but he can’t look lumbering – you don’t take a defensive end in the top three unless you’re sure you’re getting a franchise-changing monster.

Bottom Line: Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah, he’s got a whole lot of parts to his game to love, but with the strange lack of consistent tackle production – at least compared to the top-shelf ends – is he really the sure-thing, no-brainer, must-have pick who deserves to be unquestionably taken as high as he’s going to go? Clelin Ferrell is a better NFL-caliber pass rushing prospect, and Montez Sweat and Brian Burns might be better value picks, but … you can’t be the team that passes on Nick if he really is another Joey.

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