2017 NFL DRAFT

Joey Bosa, DE

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 269 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
311

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.862.83-24 32-4.216.89
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.842.831.6824 3210'0"4.216.89

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Player Overview

Bosa racked up 26 sacks and 51 tackles for loss in three seasons with the Buckeyes. An All-America and first team All-Big Ten player in 2015, he was constantly double-teamed while being held to only 5.0 sacks. But he remained an impact player with 16.0 tackles for loss while consistently freeing teammates to make plays.

Also named the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Bosa announced before the Fiesta Bowl that he intended to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. His stellar career ended on an unfortunate note, as Bosa was ejected against Notre Dame after being penalized for targeting.

One of the stars of Ohio State's National Title run in the 2014 season as a unanimous first team All-American, Bosa was a top high school recruit out of high school and has lived up to that high billing, leading the Buckeyes with 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks as a sophomore.

As a freshman, Bosa burst onto the national scene with 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Excellent core strength with a NFL body at a young age. Flexible athlete and doesn't play tight. Bosa has an explosive get-off which helps him generate an immediate advantage over offensive tackles. Better yet, he possesses terrific upper body strength and technically-refined hand usage.

Controls his momentum very well with excellent break down skills to collect himself and make plays in space. Strong hands and wrists to be a reliable striker and finisher.

Natural lateral quickness to sidestep blockers with athletic swim moves to step outside and swat inside. Good initial quickness for his size, staying low and generating an immediate push. Heavy-handed and uses his full extension to put blockers on skates. Natural knee bend at the point of attack, using his limbs to work off blocks and mirror the ballcarrier.

Very disciplined and rarely loses contain, leveraging the edge and keeping his vision in the backfield. Rarely fooled with terrific secondary quickness, not taking himself out of plays due to hustle and ball awareness. Active on stunts with experience lining up inside and outside - proven threat anywhere in the front-seven.

High degree of toughness with an understanding of what it takes to be great. Football bloodlines as the son of a three-year NFL veteran.

WEAKNESSES: Not as quick as some of the NFL's elite edge rushers. Not a quick-twitch rusher and doesn't play with consistent explosion. Needs to improve his inside shoulder dip to leverage his body into blockers around the edge.

Room to improve his gap integrity and pre-snap anticipation. Will misread plays at times and crash down, leading him to be too reactionary on plays following a mistake, cautious of making another one.

COMPARES TO: Jared Allen, DE, Panthers - The popular comparison for Bosa will be J.J. Watt, but Allen makes more sense because of their strengths on the football field. And not the current, over-the-hill version of Allen, but the double-digit sack artist and five-time Pro Bowler that played in Kansas City and Minnesota.

IN OUR VIEW: Bosa is very physically gifted, but even better, he knows how to use those gifts, and works his tail off to maximize his potential. He might never be a consistent double-digit sack artist in the NFL, but he is scheme versatile with the power, athleticism and instinctive traits to disrupt the pocket.

--Dane Brugler (1/26/16)

 
 
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