ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum revealed his “can’t miss,” “10 out of 10” prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft on Wednesday morning.
The SEC guru believes that prospect is Nick Bosa.
The former Ohio State star is expected to be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick, though so are Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams.
Finebaum would take Bosa.
“I’m not a draft analyst, but if you’re asking me a question, I would rank him the highest player we’re going to talk about today, I would rank him a 10,” Finebaum said on ESPN’s First Take, per 247Sports. “I think he’s got everything necessary. I know he had the injury and a lot of people quibbled about that. In watching him over his career, he does everything well. I think he’s a can’t miss. I would take him over Kyler Murray or anyone else in this draft.”
ESPN’s top personality, Stephen A. Smith, didn’t completely agree.
“He’s alright,” said host Stephen A Smith. “He’s alright. I’ll give him a nine (out of 10) because I’m certainly not questioning his ability. Listen, Joey Bosa is a big-time player as far as I’m concerned and look at how much he was reduced against Tom Brady. What I’m trying to say is, as football continues to evolve, you’re going to see quarterbacks getting rid of the football quicker. I think it’s going to neutralize some edge rushers like him. I know that he’s got the ability. I’m not questioning that by any stretch of the imagination but I’m thinking impact. If you’re talking about his ability, I completely believe in Nick Bosa’s ability.”
We’ll find out if the Cardinals agree on Thursday night.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC/ESPN/NFL Network.