Joey Bosa- Defensive End- Ohio State (Jr.)
Size: 6’6 275lbs

 

Joey Bosa was a consensus All-American his Sophomore and Junior seasons. (USA Today Sports)
Bosa was a consensus All-American his Sophomore and Junior seasons. (USA Today Sports)

Strengths:

  • Great size
  • Powerful
  • Great use of hands
  • Aggressive play-style

Analysis: Joey Bosa has been pegged as the No.1 NFL Draft prospect since the start of the college football season. He has an NFL-ready frame that is both strong and athletic, specifically his hands, which are supremely powerful. Bosa generates speed-­to-­power bullrush and plays off of that with a punch and pull technique that pulls tackles off-­balance. This move will work immediately at the next level, but will need more moves in his arsenal. 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. Aggressive non-stop effort will never be a problem. He has improved against the run and looks to be a stud 4-3 end, but can play the edge pass rusher in a 3-4, speed could become an issue if he plays there consistently.

Weaknesses:

  • Plays tall, leaning
  • Slow to process zone read
  • Can be over-matched against stronger lineman
  • Gets carried by RB’s for yards after contact

Analysis: Joey Bosa’s film was somewhat surprising for such an elite prospect. Yes, his physical tools cannot be questioned, but his technique needs some work. Too often, he plays high off the snap getting knocked off his route by opposing lineman. He ends up on the ground multiple times throughout a game and struggles to fight back when being washed down by down blocks.  Can be slow to process what he sees and can be frozen by zone-­read looks. His play strength is less than what he is actually capable of, getting carried on a few occasions by opposing running back’s. Bosa may not have the pure edge speed to be an elite pass rusher, but his hand usage and ability to generate push as a bull-rusher should make him a very good 4­-3 base end or a 3-­4 outside linebacker. With proper coaching, Joey Bosa’s potential cannot be denied, and therefore should be deserving of a top pick.

Draft Projection: Top 3

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