DL Joey Bosa: Drafted
Round 1, Pick 3
Team: San Diego Chargers
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
33 3/8-inch arm length
10 1/4-inch hands
24 reps on bench press
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 1 defensive end in the draft
No. 2 overall prospect
Ohio State Career: You will be hard pressed to find a more dominant player at his position in this year’s draft than Joey Bosa. A consensus All-American in his final two years as a Buckeye, he leaves Columbus as one of the more decorated defensive players in school history and enters the NFL as a force to be reckoned with.
As a true freshman in 2013, Bosa started 10 games for Ohio State and ranked third on the team in sacks with 7.5 in his first year, to go along with 13.5 tackles for loss and 44 total tackles. His performance as a rookie earned him freshman All-American honors.
In his best statistical season as a Buckeye, Bosa collected 13.5 sacks as a sophomore and helped lead Ohio State to its first national title in 12 years. Bosa recorded 21 tackles for loss and 55 total tackles and was named a unanimous All-American. He was also named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year, as well as the league’s defensive lineman of the year.
Bosa’s most memorable moment as a Buckeye came during that 2014 season when the Florida native bulldozed a Penn State running back into NIttany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg for a walk-off sack in a 31-24 double OT victory.
The 2015 season got off to a rough start for Bosa, who was suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech. Once he returned, Bosa faced double and even triple teams all season and was still able to garner All-Big Ten Honors as well as the league’s defensive lineman of the year for the second straight season.
He leaves Ohio State with 150 total tackles, 26 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss to go along with five forced fumbles in three seasons.
Expert Breakdown: “I see Bosa as a left defensive end, and I see him as a very disruptive player. He might not be a guy that gets you 12 to 15 sacks a year, but he’ll get you six to eight sacks a year and he’ll play the run very well. He’s a guy that plays behind the line, and when he’s on the move he can cause problems. He’s maybe not a guy that can bend the edge as a rusher, but he’s going to make a lot of plays in both the run and then pass. I think the consideration for him is so high because of how disruptive he is as a player.” – Bryan Broaddus, former NFL scout.
Bosa Says: "I think I bring the best pass rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country. I’m obviously coming to the team that drafts me to help them eventually make it to the Super Bowl. I do believe I am the best player in the draft. I think as a player if you don’t believe that then there’s kind of something wrong."