October 28, 2015


-Bosa displays excellent strength when challenging offensive linemen and is stout at the point of attack. Great bull rusher and often puts linemen on skates. A good example of his pure power and strength comes at 0:29 in the video below vs. Hawaii, as Bosa pushes the Hawaii RT back about 9 yards.


-Plays with an extreme intensity and motor and rarely takes a play off. Great stamina and in very good shape for a defensive lineman.


-Three down pass rusher who can  be a cornerstone to build a defense around as far as talent goes. May not always get to the QB for the sack, but provides consistent penetration and disruption, forcing opposing QBs to make mistakes. At 5:56 vs. Maryland in the video below, he gets off his line in a hurry, goes around the RT and closes in on the QB quickly in his own end zone, causing him to force an interception.


-Very good against the run and opposing offenses tend to avoid his side. Complete player who can set the edge for you. If you go back to the Maryland film above at 6:35, Bosa sheds the LT, then the puling C, and eventually drops the runner for a four yard loss on a stretch play. 


-Doesn't let opponents escape when he gets his hands on them. Violent tackler and exceptional killer instinct and closing speed. Bosa is a throwback DE who wants his presence known as you can see when he body slams Melvin Gordon at 6:39 vs. Wisconsin.


-Excellent block shedder and outstanding use of hands to sift through traffic. At 5:49 vs Wisconsin (video above), Bosa works his way through the muck and gets to Melvin Gordon, the nation's most dangerous rusher last year. 


-Great position versatility as he flips between LE/DE, and sometimes even tucking inside as a pass rushing DT on 3rd and long. Something to look at especially for teams who implement 3rd & long "Nascar" packages trying to get their best 4 rushers on the line. At 3:34 in the video below, Bosa lines up as a DT and absolutely bodies the Penn State RG, literally pushing him all the way back into Hackenberg with a bull rush.

 -Bosa has above-average, not exceptional, athleticism for being 6'6" 270+ lbs and can beat linemen with speed or power. His swim is his signature move, but isn't afraid of bending around the outside and started to add a spin move to his pass rushing arsenal as his career progressed. At 2:44 in the video below, you can see Bosa beating the Rutgers RT around the outside with hand placement and bend, then close on the QB for the sack.


-Bosa will be best as a 4-3 end in the NFL. My biggest fear is a team like the Ravens taking him as an edge rusher, which isn't where he wins. Although he is talented enough to probably still be effective in a 3-4, I would hate to see him get "Clowney'd" and not live up to his potential due to scheme misalignment.


-Outside of a foot sprain suffered this past May that sidelined him for two weeks, there are no significant injuries of note for Bosa. Toughness is through the charts, playing through an ankle injury recently vs. Rutgers and playing well.


-Good family football pedigree - father was a DT for Boston College who played 3 seasons with the Dolphins and brother Nick was a highly-sought after prospect who is currently a freshman at Ohio State.


-Accolades include 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Consensus All-America



-Often falls victim to deception plays, mainly options and zone reads that likely will not be as prevalent in the NFL. Sometimes bites on play action and needs to continue to develop his play recognition.


-Will sometimes smell blood in the water and prematurely exit his rush lane to make the big-impact play rather than staying disciplined in his assignment. A good example of this is vs. Maryland at the 4:24 mark when Bosa abandons his rush lane and allows the big play.


-Can have trouble with more athletic QBs in open field, and this will probably extend to the shifty RBs in the NFL who get the ball in space. You can see at 5:06 vs. Michigan, Devin Gardner jukes Bosa in the open field, and I wouldn't be surprised if the LeSean McCoys of the NFL do the same to Bosa at the next level.

-Bosa can run hot at times and lets his emotions get into his head. He's nowhere near Greg Hardy level on this, but it certainly needs to be managed by a disciplined defensive coordinator. In the same Michigan game above at 9:00, Bosa is frustrated about a sack/forced fumble that was taken away a few plays earlier after he jumped offsides, so he commits a personal foul penalty ripping off the Michigan player's helmet in frustration.


-I will never know anything about these players on a personal level outside of what is reported publically, but Bosa has a reputation of being a jokester and his personal interviews will be essential for teams looking to take him Top 5.


-Bosa was suspended for the 2015 season opener vs. Virginia Tech for a violation of academic policies that was later revealed by ESPN's Joe Schad as a combination of marijuana and academics. There's enough smoke on a maturity level to for teams to investigate for a fire, and you can bet he will be grilled about this during the draft process.


-Parting thought: Many will compare Bosa to JJ Watt, and I think that is a lazy comparison. They have some similarities to their game, but not every big white dude that can rush the passer is JJ Watt, nor do I think it is fair to have Watt-level expectations at the next level. Bosa is very good, but I wouldn't be surprised if he never reached that Watt-type impact. I think more of Patrick Kerney when I think of Bosa, who was an excellent player in his own right.




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