Scouting Report: Joey Bosa

Player Background:

Joey Bosa was a consensus All-American twice, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Two Time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (in his three seasons).  Bosa has been an incredibly productive player and leader on the Ohio State defense.  He has no off the field issues and is a player that is noted for his high character.

Strengths:

Joey Bosa at 6’5″ and 278lbs, he has scheme versatility.  He will appeal to teams looking for both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive ends.  Bosa has strength to go along with his size and is stout against the run and has the ability to move inside and play defensive tackle on third down.

Bosa has elite hand use and technique as a prospect, he wins with strength, effort and technique.  They type of player that wears down offensive tackles and must be accounted for on every snap.  Bosa sheds blockers, finds the ball and makes tackles in the run game.  He is rarely out of position and maintains leverage as a pass rusher.

Joey Bosa routinely made big plays at Ohio State, in the biggest moments.  He is the type of player that provides both versatility and the ability to change a game from the defensive line.  Bosa is an elite top ten prospect who should step in and start day one.

Weaknesses:

Joey Bosa had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 2014, but had only 5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2015.  This is somewhat concerning as teams typically expect an elite defensive prospect to be a 10+ sack player.

Bosa also does not possess elite burst or explosiveness.  He is a smooth athlete, but just doesn’t have the elite get off that some pass rushers possess.  However, Bosa doesn’t have many limitations and is a rock solid prospect.

Projection:

Joey Bosa is a can’t miss prospect that will play on the defensive line for the next 10+ years.  Bosa at worst is a secondary pass rusher, aligned on the right tackle.  At best Joey Bosa can be a primary pass rusher in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  His versatility and ability to use his hands at an elite level are reminiscent of Justin Smith, retired defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers.  Justin Smith had similiar measurables at 6’4″ and 274lbs coming out of Missouri.  Bosa like Smith will also allow for creative stunts and pass rush combos with the ability to move inside on third downs.  Justin Smith was a highly productive player for 13 years in the NFL.  That is the type of talent Joey Bosa is and paired with an elite speed rusher (ie. Aldon Smith) could be a 10+ sack player.

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