The lack of a consistent pass rush plagued the Jaguars throughout the 2015 season. They made opposing quarterbacks look great and made a bad secondary look that much worse.
With Dante Fowler coming back from his torn ACL, the Jaguars will have some help on the way. They will likely try to address the position in free agency, but they could double-down in the draft, assuming Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa drops to them.
Bill Huber, publisher of PackerReport.com on the Scout.com network furnished this scouting report on Bosa.
Joey Bosa, Ohio State (6-5, 275): Underclassman. What could Bosa do for an encore after being a consensus first-team All-American and the winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2014? He won those honors again in 2015 with his 51 tackles including five sacks and 16 tackles for losses. He added one interception, four pass breakups, 14 quarterback hits and one forced fumble in 12 games. In 2014, he was named the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year along with capturing the Smith-Brown honor. He he led the Big Ten in tackles for losses (21) and sacks (13.5) and added four forced fumbles. As a freshman in 2013, he rang up 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for losses. Bosa might have been the Big Man on Campus but he was a Man in Isolation in 2015. He was suspended for the season-opening game vs. Virginia Tech for an undislosed reason (reportedly marijuana and academics, according to ESPN). To have his final season also be a fresh start, Bosa moved out the apartment he shared with star running back Ezekiel Elliott and lived alone. "I just thought separating myself—not from Zeke, but just from pretty much everybody in general—and being able to control who goes in and out of my life, I just thought it would be a smart idea to lay low for a while.” Not that he minded sitting in a “dark cave for hours.”
Bosa’s father, John, was a first-round draft pick by the Dolphins out of Boston College in 1987 who had seven sacks in three seasons. A brother, defensive end Nick Bosa, committed to Ohio State in July. An uncle, Eric Kumerow, was a star linebacker for the Buckeyes between who recorded five sacks in three seasons for the Dolphins.
“Joey was prepared for this long before anyone else was,” said south Florida recruiting analyst Larry Blustein, who has covered recruiting for more than four decades. “It’s safe to say he was prepared for this before he was born. That’s a huge advantage, to grow up in a family where both sides produced first-round draft picks. It’s like a perfect storm.”
So what is the likelihood of Bosa falling to Jacksonville?
It's unlikely that the Titans take him with the first pick and the Browns could take Bosa at No. 2, but their need for a quarterback trumps all. San Diego picks third, and he doesn't really fit their scheme. It's entirely possible that the Cowboys tak him with the fourth pick, as they could move on from Greg Hardy. If not, the Jaguars will be able to select him at fifth-overall.