St. Thomas’ Nick Bosa, taken No. 2 in NFL draft, is Broward’s second-highest pick ever

St. Thomas Aquinas graduate Nick Bosa became Broward County’s second-highest drafted player in NFL history when he was picked by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 2 in the first round on Thursday night.

Only South Broward alum Tucker Frederickson, who was taken by the New York Giants with the first pick in 1965 as a running back out of Auburn, has been taken higher than Bosa.

Bosa, as Ohio State junior defensive end, bested older brother Joey Bosa by one pick in draft position. In 2016, the elder Bosa went No. 3 to the San Diego Chargers, who since have moved to Los Angeles. Father John Bosa was also a Miami Dolphins first-round pick (No. 16) in 1987, as was the uncle on their mother Cheryl’s side, Eric Kumerow, in 1988.

Nick Bosa, who many pegged as the draft’s top prospect until Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray measured in at 5-foot-10 and 1/8 at the NFL Combine, went behind Murray, who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 1. He will have a chance to battle him for years, competing in the NFC West.

The similarities continue with their character traits and work ethic.

“They were very coachable as far as on the football field, but even more than what they did off the field as far as hard work, those type of things,” Smith said. “Both of them were great teammates. They were just players like everybody else. … They were great leaders too.”

With Joey Bosa being 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 and collecting 28.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, if Nick continues on his brother’s path, he too would have a bright pro career. / @DavidFurones_