Nick Bosa is ready to re-ignite the hype.
While speaking to reporters Saturday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the former Ohio State defensive end assured he is fully healthy and ready to fly off the board in next month’s draft.
“I’ve been talking myself up pretty good to [NFL teams],” Bosa said, via the Sacramento Bee. “I’m ready to get on the field, get on the bench … and definitely leave no doubt.”
Bosa, who has been sidelined since mid-September with a core muscle injury, described what it was like when he first got hurt and how he coped with the struggles of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery.
“I felt it. I know what a serious injury is. I knew my season was in jeopardy,” Bosa said. “When it happened, when I got home from that TCU game, I was lying in bed and I could barely get up. It was one of the darkest moments of my life so far … for me just to talk to my family and them bring me up and just know … that I still have amazing blessings and a bright future.”
While his older brother, Joey, was selected third overall by the Chargers in 2016, Bosa admitted he is “feeling better than I’ve ever felt before” and confident he can go even earlier.
“It would be a dream come true,” he said of the possibility of being the No. 1 overall pick of the draft. “… Coach Bill Davis from Ohio State is the linebacker coach (with the Cardinals), he obviously was at Ohio State with me. It would mean so much to me to be thought of [as] the best player in the draft.”
Arizona currently holds the top draft pick, which would make a clear and obvious connection between Bosa and his former coach. Davis was hired by the Cardinals to be their linebackers coach in January.
Bosa, 21, tallied six tackles, four sacks and forced two fumbles in three games for the Buckeyes last season.
He is projected to be a top draft pick in April’s draft and the top defensive end to be selected.