PFF scouting report: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Steve Palazzolo breaks down PFF's projected No. 1-overall draft pick.

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(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

PFF scouting report: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Here is the PFF draft profile for Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position rank: 1
Overall rank: 1

Position fit:

4-3 defensive end, can move around in sub packages. Would not be horribly miscast as 3-4 defensive end. Will be a dominant run defender on the edge in a 4-3.

Stats to know:

No. 1-ranked edge defender (including No. 1 pass-rush grade, No. 1 run-defense grade), 70 total pressures (third-most among edge defenders). Ranked second in pass rush productivity in 2015.

What he does best:

• Productive pass rusher: No. 1 in the nation in 2014 among edge defenders, No. 2 in 2015.
• Wins with his hands as a pass rusher, enabling him to win inside or out. Has the power to bull rush, but hasn’t shown it often.
• While he did most of his damage rushing against lesser right tackles, was still a very efficient pass rusher against left tackles as well.
• Only six of his 70 pressures came unblocked in 2015. Had to earn them.
• Strong run defender: No. 1 in the nation among edge defenders in both 2014 and 2015
• Defeats blocks with strength and hands. Dominates tight ends in the running game and handles most offensive tackles.
• Sets a hard edge in the running game. Rarely sealed or taken out of a play. Knows how to take on blockers to set up his teammates.


Biggest concerns:

• Leaves some plays on the table. As disruptive as he is, he finished with seven missed tackles each of the last two seasons.
• Doesn’t have a lot of experience playing inside against guards, so while he’s projected to have success there, we just haven’t seen it
very often.
• Picked up 15 penalties over the last two years, including six offsides penalties this season.
• When asked to shoot gaps, can get put on skates. May be better when engaging and using his strength to shed, rather than shooting gaps.
• Reads the down block well, but not always prepared to take on pulling guard or H-back.
• If playing inside in sub packages, not ideal to have him taking on double teams in the run game, though he’s capable of handling it.

Player production comparison:

Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks

Bottom line:

Bosa’s production was as good as it gets in the country the last two years and he’s the best player in the draft. He’s versatile enough to move around the defensive line, providing strong run defense and an effective pass rusher, though a 4-3 scheme will make best use of his talents.

  • RobinVenturaNot

    Being only 20 on draft day he will only get better in the next five years.

  • Levin Adkins

    great run defender, solid pass rusher. In a better draft he would be picked in the 2nd half of the 1st round. If i’m picking in the top 5 though I want more Von Miller than Ryan Kerrigan

  • Derrick

    I don’t see him having the speed to rush the corner in the NFL, and Bosa has very little bend. If he does get around a tackle, he ends up 7-10 yards upfield, and that’s just against college linemen. The guy just will not be able to rush outside in the NFL, and because of that, the going will get tough when tackles just start sitting on his inside moves.

    I know, people are going to point me to the GIF in the article, but that’s not a good play by Bosa (nice hand swat though) as much as it’s a bad play by the left tackle. 52 looks like his feet are stuck in mud during his kick slide.

    • Levin Adkins

      the LT looked so stiff that Bosa ran around him. He wont see that much in the NFL and I’m not drafting a guy who is a LDE at the next level in the top 5. I agree with the points you made in your first paragraph as well