It's seemingly always the offensive players who get the spotlight in football, but according to ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., the next NFL draft will be headlined by the nation's defensive stars. Enter defensive end Nick Bosa, Ohio State's dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate who can flat-out get to the quarterback.
On Kiper's latest 2019 NFL Draft BIg Board, Bosa is listed as the best overall player available.
Mel Kiper's 2019 NFL Draft Big Board— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 11, 2018
1) DE Nick Bosa OSU
2) DT Ed Oliver HOU
3) LB Devin White LSU
4) CB Greedy Williams LSU
5) DE Clelin Ferrell CLEM
6) OT Jonah Williams BAMA
7) DE Montez Sweat MISS ST
8) QB Justin Herbert ORE
9) DT Rashan Gary MICH
10) CB Deandre Baker GEO
Directly following Bosa at the No. 2 spot is another big-time defender, Houston's Ed Oliver. Though this is an extremely early look at the draft rankings and things are sure to change considerably before next spring event takes place, it still provides a good look at the sheer depth of defensive talent that is available.
Bosa is likely the most promising all-around defensive lineman in his class, and his numbers show it. In just three games played this season, he put up fourteen tackles, eleven of which were solo, and four sacks. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury to a core muscle, and surgery has put him out indefinitely.
Nick Bosa had surgery this week to fix a core muscle injury and there is no timetable for his return, says coach Urban Meyer. https://t.co/ktbjFBwZOW— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 20, 2018
Hopefully, Bosa can get back onto the field soon. He is still a junior, but if he decides to enter the next draft, he's definitely not going to last long. He's the kind of guy that can make a difference on Sundays from day one.