Yesterday, Ohio State confirmed that star defensive end Nick Bosa would not be returning this season. Bosa was injured in Week 3 and had surgery to repair a core muscle injury. Originally, it was hoped he could come back at some point, but instead Bosa will focus on rehabbing and preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Bosa’s decision was met with praise and understanding by his teammates and many in the media. Paul Finebaum supported the move this morning on ESPN.
Making an appearance on SportsCenter, Finebaum backed Bosa’s choice to heal up and prepare for the professional ranks.
“I think he made the right decision,” Finebaum said. “He’s an elite rusher. He could be the No. 1 pick. College football is a billion dollar business. The people who run college football don’t care about Bosa. This is a business decision and when you’re an elite player at Ohio State, this is what you do. When you have a top player like that, you have a trickle down effect. Elite players think about one thing — making money at the next level.
“You go to college so you can get to the next level,” Finebaum said. “You don’t go to college to learn about American history. It’s a serious injury, so this is not like, ‘I’m taking the week off.’ He wasn’t coming back until December anyway.
“Coaches set the example. They recruit these guys, then they bail (to the NFL). The younger guys (question) loyalty when coaches leave and it’s no different with players.”
Bosa is considered a likely top-3 pick in next year’s draft. He could potentially go No. 1 overall, depending on the needs of the team picking first.
In three games this season before getting Hurt, Bosa recorded 14 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and scored a touchdown on a fumble return.
[ 247Sports ]