Coming off a season in which he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-NFL Team and selected to be his second Pro Bowl, former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa is widely viewed as one of the league’s best defenders.
If he continues to build on that, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bosa take home the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award this fall, something NFL.comAdam Schein’s recently predicted that will happen.
“(Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle) Aaron Donald is always the pick. Or he should be. They should just go ahead and name him after the award, “Schein said. “That said, there is such a thing as voter fatigue. And given the fact that Donald is currently a contract stalemate that has him floating the potential of retirement, it may take him a few weeks to play like a legend once the deal gets presumably done. Or maybe, just maybe, this freak in San Francisco gets the love it fully deserves.
“As an Associated Press voter, I had Bosa as a first-team All-Pro last season. The man racked up 15.5 sacks during the regular season, and then added four more in three postseason games. He’s the best all-around player on a loaded team that features transcendent talents like Trent Williams and Deebo SamuelGeneral Chat Chat Lounge Bosa sacks the quarterback, stops the run and generally strikes in the heart of offensive linemen and offensive coordinators. “
Bosa’s biggest competition is Donald, who has won the award in three of the last five seasons, and the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. TJ Watt, who actually took home the honor last season. The 49ers’ decision to select former USC defensive end Drake Jackson April’s draft in the second round should help take some of the pressure off of him, as well.
That said, Bosa’s 2021 campaign was even more impressive given the fact that he was coming off a season-ending ACL injury, which he suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 season.
“It’s probably one of the most impressive things I’ve seen from a player,” San Francisco defensive cording DeMeco Ryans said last December. “It’s a credit to him for the way he works, the way he practices. He practices hard. Football is important to him, and it shows. There’s no reason why Nick shouldn’t have some attention for Defensive Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year.
“This guy has done it all. He’s definitely been our MVP, and I’m so happy to have him on our side just for everything that he does for us when he comes after the quarterback, and not just that, but his He is just a complete player, one of the best players in the NFL, and we are very happy to have him. I just love the way he works, the way he brings other guys along. He just had everything you could ask for in a player. “
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