A few months ago, popularity around Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa was high.
Many projected Bosa would go to the Chargers; in fact, it was on the lips of most draftniks in January or February.
Bosa lost popularity in mock drafts in recent weeks, but shouldn't have: He was general manager Tom Telesco's choice with the team's No. 3 pick in the 2016 draft.
Forget offensive linemen Ronnie Stanley or Laremy Tunsil. Forget versatile players like Myles Jack or Jalen Ramsey. Forget DeForest Buckner and his extremely large hands.
Bosa is a Charger now.
"I'm going to give them everything I have, every single day," Bosa said on NFL Network moments after the pick was announced. "Let's win some games, man."
Bosa, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, recorded 51 tackles (15 for loss) and five sacks in 2015. His sophomore season was his best at Ohio State: He led the conference in sacks (13.5) and earned All-American and Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy.
His signature "shrug" after a sack is well-known, as is Bosa's laid-back, humorous demeanor at times.
Draftniks say Bosa has a quick burst, powerful hands, and a likeness to Houston's J.J. Watt. He'll be able to help the Chargers not only with pass rush (the defense was 24th in the league in sacks last season, with 32) as well as defending the run (the Chargers allowed more than 2,000 rushing yards in 2015).
As far as scheme, he's comfortable wherever he's put on the field.
“I think I could fit wherever [coaches] want me," Bosa said. "I could play linebacker; 4-3, 3-4 -- they’re actually very similar. You’re in base 70-percent of the time. So it really doesn’t make much of a difference. My versatility, I think, is something this team liked. So they’re going to put people where they see fit and they’re going to find the best spot for me to help the team win.”
Bosa was tagged with some questions surrounding his character in recent months -- particularly around his one-game suspension in 2015 (reportedly for a positive drug test.) Players are vetted heavily by teams leading up to the draft, and with the Chargers' tendency to steer away from character issues, it seems there wasn't concern from Telesco's camp regarding this issue.