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Nick Bosa is ‘shooting’ to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft

Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa, considered by many as the top defensive prospect in the 2019 draft class, probably isn’t even the best football player in his own family.

His older brother, Joey, entered the league in 2016, and has subsequently established himself as one of the most impactful edge defenders in the NFL.

His father, John, played 31 games along the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line in the late 1980s. And his uncle, Erik Kumerow, also rotated along the Dolphins’ defensive front for three seasons from 1988 to 1990.

None of the older Bosa’s, though, accomplished what the youngest of them could on April 25th, when many believe he’ll become the number one overall pick in the NFL draft.

As Joey’s father tells it, his son certainly desires that outcome, but given his family’s long history in the NFL, is fully aware that it’s prudent to expect the unexpected on draft day:

“He’s always felt like that’s something he’s shooting for,” John Bosa said, per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “That’s what you hope for, that’s what Joey was hoping for, and that’s what Nick will hope for. These kids have been through it, and understand it enough to know that anything can happen on draft day.”

Nick Bosa played just three games last season after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle in Ohio State’s 40-28 win over TCU on September 15th.

He had five and-a-half sacks and seven tackles for loss in that limited action, though, evidently doing enough in his final collegiate season to remain a viable candidate for the number one overall pick.

Bosa, by the way, has been “100 percent” for “about eight weeks,” according to his father, and will participate in every drill at this week’s NFL combine.