Best NFL team fits for No. 1 prospect Joey Bosa

Which teams provide the best fit for Ohio State DE Joey Bosa? The Cowboys rank among the top three options.

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Best NFL team fits for No. 1 prospect Joey Bosa


The PFF analysis team recently put out its latest draft board for 2016, this time including the top 100 NFL prospects.

Where do the top prospects fit best? We identified three ideal team fits for each player in the top 10, based on scheme, need and where each prospect is likely to be selected.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is the No. 1 prospect on the PFF board, after having graded out as one of college football’s best players each of the last two seasons. He earned the No. 2 pass-rush grade and No. 1 run-defense grade among edge defenders in 2015, and he projects to be effective in both areas as a pro. While his ideal fit is as a 4-3 defensive end, he has the versatility to be moved around a bit, and could play at defensive end or on the edge of a 3-4 alignment.

Here are three teams who would be good fits for him:

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys really need to add an impact defender, and Bosa would fill an immediate need at defensive end in Dallas’ 4-3. He projects as a very strong run defender in the NFL, which would help improve a Cowboys defense that ranked fifth-worst in overall run defense grade last year. He could also help fill the pass-rush void at the position left by Greg Hardy, assuming he doesn’t return to the team, and leave last year’s second-rounder Randy Gregory in more of a part-time role – which is a good thing, given he’s suspended four games to start the season and missed time due to injury in 2015.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Yes, the Jags spent big to add former Denver defensive tackle Malik Jackson in free agency, and they’ll see the return from injury of 2015 No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. But Bosa can play more of a pure defensive end role, adding extra reinforcement against the run, while Fowler serves as the “Leo” DE/OLB hybrid in Gus Bradley’s defense. And on obvious passing downs, the four-man front of Bosa, Fowler, Jackson and Jared Odrick would be a pass-rushing force.

Baltimore Ravens: They run a base 3-4, but Bosa actually fits perfectly as the heir apparent to Terrell Suggs at outside linebacker, with the ability to come off the edge as a defensive end on passing downs. Bosa is a similar player to Suggs, as a bigger edge player who doesn’t test off the charts athletically but is simply a very productive player against both the run and the pass.

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  • Samuel Myers

    In the Jaguars defense Bosa would play the same position as Fowler. The “LEO” is not a hybrid position, it’s just a defensive end in a wider alignment; the player is almost purely a pass rusher and is almost purely in a 3-point stance. The only exception to this is in obvious passing situations. The misnomer that the LEO is a hybrid position comes purely from the size/speed combination the Jaguars prioritize at that position — they tend to like smaller, quicker players that might fit in the traditional 3-4 OLB mold. But the role of that player is essentially a 4-3 pass rusher.

    The other end in the Jags’ defense is purely a power player — they deploy guys who are functionally interior players, like Jared Odrick, Tyson Alualu, and Red Bryant – in what is much closer to a 3-4 5 technique than a traditional 4-3 end.

    So, the only way the Jaguars could play Bosa and Fowler at the same time is in obvious pass rushing situations or if they moved Fowler to their SLB position, OTTO, which calls for a strong edge-setter with pass rush chops. Personally, I think that’s Fowler’s best spot, but that’s not the point here. The point is, the Jags run a scheme-heavy defense and if they draft Bosa the only place for him is at the LEO. He doesn’t have the sand in his pants to play at the power end.