Chavous: Nick Bosa "Not Necessarily A Great Athlete"

The former Ohio State standout will be one of the top picks in the NFL Draft – but not because of his raw athleticism, Corey Chavous says

Taz and the Moose
March 05, 2019 - 10:16 am
Nick Bosa NFL Combine

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Nick Bosa will be one of the first picks in the NFL Draft. In fact, many analysts pegged him as the No. 1 pick prior to Kyler Murray’s favorable Combine measurements. Some still do.

Bosa, though, is not the best athlete in this year’s draft class. He might not even be in the running, either.

“He’s not necessarily a great athlete,” former NFL defensive back and current NFL Draft analyst Corey Chavous said on Taz & The Moose. “If you go back and look at his brother (Joey), he wasn’t as well. When I say ‘great athlete’ – they’re good athletes. They come from a football lineage. Obviously their father was a first-round pick. Their uncle was as well. So they come from a football lineage.”

While Bosa’s athleticism didn’t necessarily jump off the screen at the Combine – he ran a 4.79 in the 40 – Chavous was still highly impressed.

“What you can’t see from him during a Combine-type setting is the elite snap-count reaction,” he said. “To me, his snap-count reaction (and) hand usage (are great).”

So was his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.14 seconds.

“That’s probably faster than the majority of the defensive backs,” Chavous said. “So you can see some (elite) characteristics from him. He’s not necessarily a spongey bender. He’s a guy that is going to make the 90-degree turns because he has excellent technique and he can use his footwork to complement the hand usage.”

Need some perspective on Bosa’s 20-yard shuttle run? D.K. Metcalf, perhaps the darling of the Combine, ran a 4.33 in the 40, but his 20-yard shuttle time (4.50) was noticeably slower than Bosa’s. In fact, Tom Brady ran a faster shuttle (4.38) than Metcalf.

“That gives you an idea of the difference and the change of direction ability from one athlete to the next,” said Chavous, the founder of DraftNasty. “When we grade players, we never distinguish just speed. He ran a 4.33, but there’s a slash between the speed/quickness, and we average those two scores. That way you’re not getting a one-trick pony. That gives you an example. Even though this guy had remarkable numbers and all that stuff, when you start breaking that stuff down, it translates to the field with them. (Metcalf) drifts on some of his routes, and I think that’s particularly the case on some curls, some hitches, and he also had some issues at times just catching the football.”