A Look at Ohio State DE Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa is a third year junior defensive end at Ohio State. According to all the reports I get from the agent community, he will most likely enter the NFL Draft next spring as an underclassman. As most know, I am against underclassmen entering the draft unless they are both physically and emotionally ready to compete with men in the NFL. Everyone I talk to says that Bosa is ready to make that jump. Coming out of high school, Bosa was rated as either a four or five star player depending on the recruiting service you looked at. He was recruited and offered by most of the top programs in the country including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State. He chose Ohio State and has been a starter since his freshman year. In Ohio State’s scheme, Bosa usually lines up at left defensive end, but he will also take some snaps at right end and even inside at defensive tackle. He looks and plays his best when lined up on the left side. He has great size at about 6050 – 278 with long arms and a thick, muscular build. He does not carry any excess weight, and he could probably easily carry 285 – 290 without a problem. He is a very good athlete with quickness, speed, change of direction, balance, and overall body control. While he does not have great top end speed, I would think that he will run in the 4.75 – 4.80 range. While he isn’t a “burner” for a defensive lineman, he has an exceptionally quick first step, stays low, and stays under control. He has very good hand use for a young player and seldom lets an opponent control him. In most cases, he gets his hands on his opponent first and keeps separation. He is very strong and explosive through his hips and uses that natural power to his advantage on a consistent basis. His best production came in 2014 as a sophomore. In 15 games, he finished with 55 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks. This year, his per game production has slipped a little but mainly because he is constantly being double teamed and accounted for by the offense. Through seven games, he has 30 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Bosa is instinctive and a quick reactor. He finds the ball and makes plays. If he has a fault, it’s that he gets a little undisciplined with his play and will get himself out of position. He will lose containment more than you would like, but this can be easily fixed. With his size, strength, and power, he is able to control blockers and can shed quickly. He shows he can play as a two-gap player or play in the gap as a one-gap type. He consistently is able to get penetration and either make the play or disrupt it. You almost never see him driven off the line of scrimmage. He is a good pursuit player, showing speed and consistently takes good angles. As a pass rusher, he is very good at using his hands and setting up moves and counter moves. He has the power to push the pocket with a bull rush, or he can finesse his opponent with moves. While he shows he can come off the edge, he is better with his outside-in type moves and spins. Bosa can play in any type scheme. In a 4-3, he can play left end or even as a 3-technique. In a 3-4, I feel he is an ideal 5 technique on the left side. In nickel, he can play inside or out. The one thing that is certain is that he is a tenacious competitor who goes all out on every down. While he isn’t a J.J. Watt clone, he has a similar style of play, will get drafted very high, and will start as a rookie for just about any team in the NFL. He has early Pro Bowl-tier potential. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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