COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft Thursday evening. The draft is being held on the corner of Broadway and 1st Ave., in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
Bosa is the fourth-highest drafted Buckeye. Ever. Only three Buckeyes – each the first overall pick of the draft – out of 444 previous draft picks have been selected ahead of Bosa: OT Orlando Pace in 1997; DT Dan Wilkinson in 1994 and LB Tom Cousineau in 1979.
Best player early
A 2017 All-American and the Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year, 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, and his four quarterback sacks ranked third nationally. He had tied his career high in tackles – five – in two of the first three games of 2018 and he was the Buckeyes’ leading tackler with 14. He had recorded two forced fumbles with each resulting in a touchdown.
Bosa was injured in the third quarter of the TCU game, though, had surgery and missed the rest of the season, yet still earned honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference honors.
During his All-America season as a sophomore in 2017, Bosa led the Buckeyes in tackles-for-loss (16.0) and TFL yardage (74) with another team-high 8.0 quarterback sacks. He was second in the Big Ten in both TFLs and sacks. His Ohio State career numbers featured 77 tackles, 29.0 tackles-for-loss and 17.5 quarterback sacks, all accomplished in just 30 games and 10 starts.
BOSA’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR G-GS UA-A-TOT TFL-YD SCK QBH
2016 13-0 17-12-29 7.0-36 5 3
2017 14-7 19-15-34 16.0-74 8.5 9
2018 3-3 11-3-14 6.0-43 4.0 1
TOT 30-10 47-30-77 29.0-153 17.5 13
Bosa, a true junior, was majoring in communications at Ohio State. He was an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Three No. 1 Bosas
Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, joins his brother Joey, a two-time Ohio State All-American and Big Ten defensive lineman and player of the year, and his father, John, as first-round NFL draft picks. Joey was selected No. 3 overall by the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers in 2016 and John was the 16th overall pick of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins after a playing career at Boston College.
Eight first-round picks for Johnson
The Bosa brothers represent the seventh and eighth players, respectively, coached by Ohio State associate head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. The total includes six of his Penn State Nittany Lions, including overall No. 1 pick Courtney Brown in 2000.
The draft continues Friday at 7 p.m. EDT with the second and third rounds, and concludes Saturday with rounds 4-7, beginning at noon. ESPN and the NFL Network are televising the entire draft.