Nick Bosa came into last year’s draft totaling 17.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his three years at Ohio State. Bosa was selected No. 2 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, solidifying their defensive line with this elite defensive end. The 49ers catapulted from a four-win team in 2018 to a 13-win team in 2019.
Bosa is not entirely responsible for the nine extra wins that the 49ers had this year in the regular season, but his nine sacks and interception certainly helped changing a bottom-half defense into a top-tier one.
Washington finds themselves in a similar spot to the 2018 49ers sitting at the No. 2 spot in the upcoming draft after investing heavily into their defensive line. Much like the 49ers, their defense has recently underperformed but is only one elite prospect away from turning into a solid group spewing with young talent.
The projected No. 2 pick in the draft is Chase Young, who also attended Ohio State, recording 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles just this year. If Young only played this season, he would boast better stats than Bosa had in his three years at OSU, making this pick a no-brainer for Washington.
Much like Bosa, Young will transform this defense from a group that struggled last year to a defense that will boast numerous first round picks on the defensive line — just like the 49ers.
This is a recipe for success in the NFL, as seen by the 49ers obtaining the No. 1 seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs after a dismal year. If Young translates to the NFL better than Bosa, expect to see Young wreaking havoc that translates to wins for a struggling Washington franchise.