For the second time in four years, a Bosa has been selected with one of the top picks in the NFL draft.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Thursday night, three years after the then-San Diego Chargers selected his older brother and fellow former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
"We got good genes," Nick Bosa said in an interview with NFL Network after the 49ers selected him. "My mom and dad know how to make them."
Bosa becomes the ninth Ohio State player ever to be selected in the top three picks of an NFL draft, and the Buckeyes' second No. 2 overall pick ever, joining Jim McDonald, the Buckeyes' first-ever first-round pick in 1938.
|No. 1||1979||TOM COUSINEAU||BUFFALO BILLS|
|No. 1||1994||DAN WILKINSON||CINCINNATI BENGALS|
|No. 1||1997||ORLANDO PACE||ST. LOUIS RAMS|
|No. 2||1938||JIM MCDONALD||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES|
|No. 2||2019||NICK BOSA||SAN FRANCISCO 49ers|
|No. 3||1956||HOPALONG CASSADY||DETROIT LIONS|
|No. 3||1974||JOHN HICKS||NEW YORK GIANTS|
|No. 3||1997||SHAWN SPRINGS||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS|
|No. 3||2016||JOEY BOSA||SAN DIEGO CHARGERS|
Bosa is the top non-quarterback to be selected in this year's draft, also like his brother Joey was in 2016. The Arizona Cardinals selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
Bosa is the first Ohio State player to be drafted by the 49ers since they drafted Carlos Hyde with the No. 57 overall pick in 2014.
Despite playing in just three games in his final season at Ohio State before undergoing core muscle surgery that ended his college football career, Bosa was widely regarded to be the best non-quarterback prospect in this year's draft class after an All-American season for the Buckeyes in 2017. Like his brother Joey, Nick is considered to be a complete defensive end and expected to make an immediate impact at the next level.
In San Francisco, Bosa will team up with Dee Ford – who the 49ers acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason – to form what could quickly become one of the NFL's best pass-rushing tandems.
"I knew I wanted to go there," Bosa said after being drafted, according to 49ers reporter Joe Fann. "I knew they were an unbelievable fit for me."
Bosa is the fifth Ohio State defensive to be drafted in the past four years; Tyquan Lewis was a second-round pick (Indianapolis Colts), Sam Hubbard was a third-round pick (Cincinnati Bengals) and Jalyn Holmes was a fourth-round pick (Minnesota Vikings) in the 2018 NFL draft.
He is the eighth first-round NFL draft pick to be coached by Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who was at the draft with Bosa and his family in Nashville on Thursday night. Johnson previously coached six first-round picks during his time at Penn State.