As we work our way down from the top of the draft in our spotlight series on the top prospects in this year’s class, we take a closer look at Ohio State phenom Joey Bosa. The junior defensive end was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, racking up 148 tackles, 51 tackles for loss, and 26 sacks in just 38 games.
At 6’6”, 275 pounds, Bosa comes from a family of defensive linemen. His father, John Bosa, was drafted 16th-overall in the first round of the 1987 Draft by the Miami Dolphins, and his uncle, Eric Kumerow, was drafted by the Dolphins one year later, coincidentally 16th-overall in the first round as well. But the younger Bosa is a more impressive prospect than either, having earned unanimous All-American honors and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award as a sophomore in Columbus. He’s expected to be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft.
Both the All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year distinctions came after a sophomore season in which Bosa notched 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. His junior year began on the wrong foot, though, with the 21-year-old serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules. It ended poorly, too, with Bosa being ejected during the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame for targeting on a hit on quarterback DeShone Kizer. But in the 11 games in between, he showed many of the same flashes of brilliance that he had shown in the two seasons prior. Although he finished the year with 16.0 tackles for loss and just 5.0 sacks after notching 35 combined the season prior, his play was strong enough to earn Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors.
Scouting Report from NFL.com
Has an NFL-¬ready frame. Good muscular definition and flexibility to go along with a confident, competitive attitude. Solid upfield burst off the snap. Has booming power in his hands. Uses arm extension and forward lean as his primary weapon. Generates speed-¬to-¬power bullrush and plays off of that with a punch and pull technique that pulls tackles off-¬balance. Focuses pass rush attack on outside shoulder of tackle using forward lean and aggressive hand play. Active hands can completely wipe out a tackle’s weak outside hand allowing him to cave-¬in the edge. Usually gets hands on defender first. Able to stack and slide along line of scrimmage in pursuit of ball¬-carrier. Strong core and able to rag¬ doll tight ends who aren’t committed to the fight. Adequate closing burst to the ball. Looks fluid and nimble when dropping into space. Has the talent and traits to be used more aggressively than he was at Ohio State. Grew as a run defender this season. Has forced five fumbles over the last two years. Football is in his blood with a father who was drafted by Dolphins in first round of 1987 draft and an uncle who played at Ohio State in the mid¬-80s. Motor will never be a problem.
What He Said
"I do believe I’m the best player in the draft. There’s, of course, a lot of amazing players in the draft and it’s going to be up to Tennessee to make that decision. But I think as a player if you don’t believe that then there’s kind of something wrong." - Joey Bosa on how he views himself against the other top prospects