SANTA CLARA -- One day after a hectic experience for Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft faced the local media Friday. He spoke in a very quiet and reserved manner, quite the opposite of what he shows during games.
“My emotions are deceiving sometimes, or how I act,” Bosa said. “I’m definitely kind of monotone and quiet but when I get out on the field, I take some of that aggression out.”
The funniest moment might have been when he actually he said in almost a whisper that he was ‘jacked up.’ The remark was replying to a question about meeting his new position coach, Kris Kocurek.
“Yeah I just did, he’s sitting back there, staring me down,” Bosa said. “We talked on the phone last night. He’s jacked up and I’m jacked up too. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Kocurek expressed the same thoughts (but in a little bit more enthusiastic tone of voice) when asked about having five first-round draft picks in his room. His eyes lit up when he responded.
“I’m fired up,” Kocurek said. “I’m about as excited as I could be.”
Bosa might be even more excited about starting his own path outside of the shadow of his older brother, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who he has been compared to his entire life.
“I think we play pretty similar,” Nick said. “I think we both use speed and power and we’re not one-dimensional players. I think we have a lot of similarities in our game but I’m excited to start my own journey and show off some of my attributes.”
That doesn’t mean Nick doesn’t watch his brother Joey play, of course, because he does. He did so enough last season to have seen both games between Joey's Chargers and new teammate Dee Ford's Chiefs.
“I like what he does,” Bosa said about his older brother. “He’s really really great speed rusher and he switches it to power and will knock you on your butt. I’m just excited to get around some guys who have been I the league for a while and know the ins and outs and the tackles and just pick up tips from them and show them some of the stuff I’ve learned as well.”
As the younger Bosa's rookie season continues, he'll surely be compared to different players throughout the year. But instead of being in his brother's shadow, those comparisons might now turn to new teammates Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, DeForest Buckner and of course, Ford.