The third prospect in the Prospect Anthems series is Ohio State’s phenomenal edge rusher, Nick Bosa. Bosa, as a prospect, is as clean as it gets on the field. He is much like older brother Joey, in the sense that he is a complete player both as a pass rusher and run defender. Line him up, rack up pressures and sacks, and watch him make Pro Bowls. When I watch Bosa on tape, he just gives me the feeling that he absolutely loves what he does. So when combining his love for the game and his pass rush ability, I think of the song from Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Tonight, I’m gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world I’ll turn it inside out, yeah
From the opening lines of the song, this screams Nick Bosa. When he gets on the field he’s in his element, he clearly loves the game and feels alive when he feels the pop of the pads. In his Combine interview he talked about loving to go one on one and dominating. It certainly shows on tape. The line about turning the world inside out is perfect. Bosa has the same patented swipe move as Joey, that seems to be unstoppable. Nick is actually a bit quicker to me on tape, which certainly turns the tackles inside out. When he’s not beating you with pure athleticism, his technique and moves will keep you spinning like a stay at home mom on a Tuesday morning.
I’m burnin’ through the sky, yeah
Two hundred degrees
That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
So I’m going to take this a couple ways, but when we’re talking about “Mister Fahrenheit”, we are definitely talking Bosa. As a matter of fact, Mr. Fahrenheit should be his nickname going forward because this dude’s engine runs hot! While his technique and various moves are fantastic, it’s his motor that is his most elite trait. He’s constantly coming at you, but he also plays on the edge like I like in my defensive players. I’ve often said I want assholes on my defense and on field he is certainly that. His temperament is perfect for a guy trying to take the soul from your tackle and get to the ball. When you combine talent and relentlessness you get something special. You get Nick Bosa.
Yeah, I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars
On a collision course
In this scenario, Mars is the ball. It could be in the hands of the running back or quarterback. Either way, Bosa is dead set on being on a collision course with the rock. While his burst and speed may not be elite, I can guarantee you the QBs feel like he’s a rocket ship. Bosa is fantastic at shortening the line to the passer, which speeds up how quickly he arrives. When he does arrive, it’s with bad intentions.
Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now
If you wanna have a good time (wooh)
Just give me a call (alright)
Don’t stop me now (’cause I’m having a good time, yeah yeah)
Don’t stop me now (yes, I’m havin’ a good time)
I don’t want to stop at all
Bosa is a dude that even if you beat him 45 out of 50 plays, you will know that you’ve been in a fight. He will not stop coming at you because he loves the game so much. He’s got an array of moves, and his hand usage is fantastic as well. His awareness is also great, but even if he gets out of position he’ll use the motor to get back in the play. Bosa’s ceiling may not be that of a Myles Garrett, but there’s incredible value in a guy who’s as close to can’t-miss as there is at Edge. We’re talking about a guy who you don’t have to worry about being a liability in the run game. He is quick to shed and find the ball, and in the pass game will at very least generate pressure relentlessly. If I’m a team in the top 3, I’m giving him a call The defensive coordinator of that team will certainly have a good time watching opponents get frustrated while Nick “Mr. Fahrenheit” Bosa isn’t stopped at all.