Ohio State Buckeyes star defensive lineman Joey Bosa has drawn some comparisons to former Big Ten defensive standout and Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt as he prepares for a likely trip to the NFL Draft, but one NFL scout is telling fans to pump the brakes.
According to the scout, who spoke to NFL.com, Watt is “much bigger and stronger” than Bosa, among other things.
“There are going to be comparisons to J.J. Watt because they are both athletic white guys from the Big Ten,” the scout said, “But (Joey) Bosa isn’t in that same league no matter how hard people will try to push that come draft time. They both have good motors but Watt was much bigger and much stronger. Bosa doesn’t overwhelm guys with pure strength like Watt does.”
As much fun as Bosa is to watch, the scout is right. Both players are similarly built, but allow me to put it this way. Joey Bosa is a football player, but J.J. Watt is an ATHLETE. If he wanted to, he could probably find a way to compete in any professional sport.
That isn’t to say that Bosa is going to be an NFL Draft bust. He still proved this year that he can be a strong pass rusher who can also slow down the run, but he also had just five sacks compared to 13.5 in 2014. Even if he’s OK from a health standpoint, it’s something to be concerned about as it is clear that he either lost some explosiveness off his step or offensive lines just figured out how to defend him.
That has never been the case with Watt, who still frustrates offensive lines season after season and is showing zero signs of slowing down.
Thus, though it’s fun to think about how similar Bosa’s career will be to that of Watt’s, to say who the better player will be long-term is pretty easy at this point.
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