According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa had dinner with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Here’s a little intrigue to mix into next month’s NFL Draft: the Arizona Cardinals’ brass is having dinner tonight in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with Ohio St. DE Nick Bosa, per league source. Bosa could be the potential No. 1 overall pick. A franchise-altering decision awaits Arizona.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2019
Arizona holds the first pick in next month’s NFL Draft, and is widely expected to take former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall. But Bosa is considered by most analysts to be the best prospect regardless of position, and he believes the Cardinals will be making a “big mistake” if they pass on him.
“I would just say that I’m somebody who loves the game more than anybody,” Bosa said during last month’s NFL Combine. “I’m going to come in and I’m going to work everyday, every practice trying to find new things to better myself. If you do draft me, then you have somebody’s who’s going to improve throughout my entire career.”
In three seasons at Ohio State, Bosa recorded 77 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 17 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass break ups and one defensive touchdown despite missing most of his junior campaign with a bilateral core muscle injury.
“That would just mean so much to me to be thought of as the best player in the draft,” he said.
Bosa finished the combine with 29 bench press reps, 33.5-inch vertical jump, 116-inch broad jump, 7.1-second three-cone drill and 4.14 second 20-yard shuttle. He declined to work out at Ohio State’s Pro Day on March 20, likely because there was nothing he could do to improve his stock as a certain top-five pick.
If Murray — last year’s Heisman Trophy winner — does come off the board first, most draft projections have Bosa being selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 2 overall pick.