Report: Potential No. 1 pick Nick Bosa fully healthy ahead of NFL combine

Nick Bosa is ready to go for the NFL scouting combine. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Nick Bosa is ready to go for the NFL scouting combine. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

One of this year’s top NFL draft prospects is finally healthy.

According to NFL Network, Nick Bosa, an explosive defensive end out of Ohio State, is physically healthy enough to participate in all drills at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week.

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Bosa, the younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa, is a surefire first-round pick in April. Some think he could be selected No. 1 overall.

Bosa withdrew from OSU to prepare for the NFL

Bosa, somewhat controversially, withdrew from Ohio State in October after suffering what was described as a “core muscle injury” a month earlier in the Buckeyes’ win over TCU.

Since then, Bosa, who had surgery on the injury on Sept. 20, turned his focus toward preparing for the NFL. That included a rehab regimen to get healthy for the pre-draft process, including the drills he’ll be put through at the combine.

Though Ohio State was coy about the nature of Bosa’s injury, his father revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that Nick was dealing with pain “in the left side of his groin” even before the TCU game. When Bosa underwent surgery, there were tears on both sides of his groin.

Bosa was an All-American as a sophomore

Now fully healthy, Bosa will get the chance to showcase the talents that have him on the top of some draft boards. Bosa was consistently in the backfield, disrupting the opposing offenses as both a pass rusher and a run stopper.

In just three games in 2018, the 6-foot-4, 263-pound Bosa totaled 14 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks. That output picked up where he left off in his standout sophomore season when he combined for 63 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 13 sacks en route to All-America and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors.

Despite a small sample size, NFL scouts noticed improvement between Bosa’s sophomore and junior seasons. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel wrote about it back in September before Nick’s injury.

“Nick is looser in the hips and agile as a pass rusher, but Joey is much stronger,” a veteran NFL scout told Thamel. “Nick looks much improved compared to last year, as you can see he’s in better shape.”

Now Nick has the chance to be selected a notch above his brother, who was selected No. 3 overall in 2016. This year’s crop of defensive linemen is a deep one, but Bosa could prove to be the best of the bunch.

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