Nick Bosa arrived in Indianapolis knowing his every move would be compared to his older brother, Joey.
After all, the Chargers’ edge rusher quickly established himself as a superstar over his first three seasons after being selected third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. In fact, his 19 sacks through his first 20 games are the most by any player in history.
Overall, Joey’s logged 171 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks and five forced fumbles since entering the league. His 28.5 sacks already rank 10th in Chargers history despite playing in only 35 regular season games.
It’s hard for anyone to replicate that kind of production regardless of their last name. However, pundits believe Nick has the talent to do just that as most have him pegged as the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
Still, while it’s natural to compare the two, Nick refuses to say they are in direct competition.
“Definitely not a rivalry,” he said while at the Combine. “I just want to do everything I can here to let all the coaches know that I’m ready to go and I’ll be a good NFL player…The success (Joey’s) had, I think he had the quickest to 20 career sacks or something like that, which is pretty unbelievable when you look back at all the pass rushers that have played the game. We come from the same coach, coach Larry Johnson at Ohio State, and he’s given us some really good tool blocks to work off of. Now it’s up to us to keep developing.”
However, while there may not be a sibling rivalry, that doesn’t mean there isn’t pressure to live up to the Bosa name, particularly with how quickly Joey established himself among the NFL’s elite.
“There’s always pressure,” Nick admitted. “I followed Joey at St. Thomas, I followed Joey at Ohio State and now I’m following Joey into the league. I’m kind of used to it by now.”
A photo-by-photo comparison at how brother Nick Bosa stacked up against Joey at this year's NFL Scouting Combine.
So, how did Nick stack up against his brother at the Combine?
While it will be hard for anyone to match what Joey’s done so far in the NFL, he actually performed a hair better than his older brother did three years ago.
The 6-4, 266-pound Nick ran a 4.79 40-yard dash and maxed out at 29 reps on the bench press over the weekend. Meanwhile, the 6-5, 269-pound Joey ran a 4.86 while notching 24 reps back in 2016. Nick was also a hair better at the vertical jump (33.5 inches to 32.0) and 20-yard shuttle (4.14 to 4.21), but Joey got the best of him in the broad jump (120.0 inches to 116.0) and three-cone shuttle (6.89 to 7.1).
Of course, dominating the Combine and dominating on the field are two totally different things. We often see people post extraordinary performances in Indy who don’t last long in the NFL as well as those who fail to measure up at Lucas Oil Stadium who then go on to have Pro Bowl careers.
However, there’s no denying that there’s something special about the Bosa bloodline.
With one brother dominating in the NFL and a father, John, who was a first-round pick in the 1987 draft, Nick boasts an unparalleled pedigree heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I don’t know if that’s a record or something, but my uncle (Eric Kumerow) went 16th, my dad went 16th, my brother went third and hopefully I’m going pretty high as well,” Nick said. “It’s pretty awesome.”