Entering the 2015 college football season, Ohio State Buckeyes defensive star Joey Bosa was widely regarded as a favorite to be the top defensive player in the nation and a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
After being suspended for the season-opener against Virginia Tech, Bosa has wasted no time making his impact felt on the field.
However, his sack numbers are down from a season ago.
Despite the lower number of sacks, Bosa believes that he is playing better in 2015 than he was last year.
“I had four hurries this last game. I think I’m getting to the quarterback a lot,” Bosa said, via ElevenWarriors.com. “Maybe not bringing him down, it’s been pretty annoying getting there so many times and not coming up with the sack or the sack and a half, whatever it is. I think I’ve been playing well. I’ve been grading out a champion.”
Backing up Bosa’s claim is head coach Urban Meyer.
“He is playing better and I’d imagine you keep swinging and those sacks will come,” Meyer added. “He’s certainly creating issues for the quarterbacks and they’re stepping up.”
While the sack numbers will always catch the eye of your casual fan, Bosa’s impact cannot be denied and will certainly be noticed by NFL scouts.
Bosa’s quickness and ability to wreak havoc in the pocket is something that any NFL team would love to have from a player on their defense.
There is still plenty of time for Bosa to get his sack numbers up, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern of his. And it shouldn’t be. The focus of scouts will be his variety of moves and his quickness off the line to get to pressure the passer.
If he continues to play as well as he has in 2015, Bosa will be a lock for the top half of the first-round in the 2016 NFL Draft.
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