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BetOnline Has Nick Bosa Going Early in 2019 NFL Draft

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Not even Brutus Buckeye knows if Nick Bosa will be taken first overall in the NFL Draft. Photo by Michelle Eberhart (flickr) [CC License]
  • Ohio State DE Nick Bosa opted to leave school to rehab a core injury
  • BetOnline is offering a trio of prop bets on how this will impact Bosa’s NFL Draft status
  • Bosa’s brother, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa, was selected third overall in the 2016 NFL draft

The decision by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa to forego the remainder of his junior season and instead focus on rehabbing a core muscle injury and prepare for the NFL Draft is not expected to impact his draft status.

Bosa, who suffered the injury September 15 in a game against TCU and underwent surgery five days later, announced through the school on Tuesday that he was leaving. Bosa’s injury was expected to keep him out for 12 weeks.

BetOnline has put forth a series of prop bets predicting how this decision might impact Bosa’s football future.

Nick Bosa 2019 NFL Draft Odds

Nick Bosa Draft Position for 2019 NFL Draft Odds at BetOnline
Over Three -120
Under Three -120

While in most cases a decision of this nature might negatively impact the view of a player, in Bosa’s case, football people are accustomed to this family’s business-minded approach to sports.

In 2016, when he was selected third overall in the NFL Draft, Bosa’s older brother, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa, held out 31 days over language he didn’t like in his contract. Joey also left Ohio State with a year of NCAA eligibility remaining.

The question is how will Bosa’s decision be viewed within the football world and will those viewpoints be in any way impactful enough to cause his draft status to slip? The answer would appear to be a resounding no.

An NFL scout told Sports Illustrated he still considered Bosa a top five pick, but scouts are known for downplaying what they truly think about a player.

If Bosa, the reigning Big Ten defensive lineman of the year, slides beyond No. 3 overall, it will be an utter shock.

Is Nick No. 1?

A lot of draft experts seem to think Bosa could be the first name to come off the board on draft day.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., NFLDraftScout.com’s Matt Miller, and Dane Brugler of The Athletic have Bosa slotted at No. 1 in their mock drafts.

Will Nick Bosa Be Picked First in 2019 NFL Draft?

Will Nick Bosa Be Picked First in 2019 NFL Draft? Odds at BetOnline
No -300
Yes +200

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang puts Bosa second overall behind Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

The 6-foot-4, 263-pound Bosa had 13.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in his first two seasons at Ohio State. In three games this season, he had 14 tackles, including six for loss and four sacks.

Will Nick Bosa 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds

Will Nick Bosa Win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019? Odds at BetOnline
No -400
Yes +250

Taking into account Joey’s rookie contract holdout and the family’s injury history – Joey has yet to play this season due to a bruised foot and Nick tore his ACL as a high-school senior – betting Nick to be the NFL’s top defensive rookie would be a risky proposition.

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