One of the most talked about prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa has drawn comparisons to NFL stars like J.J. Watt and Jared Allen. Is he worthy of these comparisons? See the rest of our scouting reports here…
- Name: Joey Bosa
- School: Ohio State University
- Position: DL
- Height: 6’5″
- Weight: 269
- Career Stats: 148 Tackles, 51 TFL, 26 Sacks
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.77 seconds
- 3 Cone Drill: 6.89 seconds
- Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
- Broad Jump: 120.0 inches
- Bench Press: 28 reps
Strengths: Ideal NFL size and strength. Decent first step explosion and is dominant at the point of attack with his strength. Hand usage is nearly perfect and has an elite first punch. Pretty good athleticism for his size and has terrific body control along with natural flexibility in his lower body. No problems with changing direction with his quickness and hustle. Uses his upper body strength and explosion to bench press offensive lineman and push them back behind the LOS. Rarely loses contain and takes excellent angles to the ball while in pursuit. In regards to pass rushing, Bosa can win on the inside and outside. He has enough speed to beat a tackle around the corner and can easily turn his speed into power. Flashed a potentially dominant bull rush.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have the quickness of an elite edge rusher and will often get caught offsides due to him trying to compensate for his lack of quickness. Will need to add more pass-rushing moves to his array in preparation for competition at the next level. Aggressive playing style can be a hindrance at times and he needs to learn to improve his patience. Tendency to rush up field and be subject to open shots from a pulling guard or fullback. Penalties are a cause for concern and was most notably ejected from the Fiesta Bowl this past season for targeting.
Projection: Teams are still desperate for impact defenders and Joey Bosa’s potential to become a star will help him become a Top 10 pick.
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