With the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Chargers choose Joey Bosa, Defensive End, out of Ohio State. Joey Bosa is a very highly rated defensive end from a very good defence. While it seems like he would be a better fit in a 4-3 defence, he has the ability to play in space and is very much the prototypical defensive end. He immediately helps to upgrade the Chargers defence in both the run and pass defence. He can rush the Quarterback and also stuff up the run. He is a poster boy for the Chargers and someone the fan base can get behind. The Chargers were desperate for a tackle, however he is the best player they feel is available and that is a good ethos to draft with.
A star immediately during his freshman season, he was arguably NFL ready right there and then. He built on that with a sensational sophomore campaign in which he both exploded on the stat sheet with 21 tackles for loss (TFLs) and 13.5 sacks, as well as developing an all-round dominant game as a key piece of the team that won the National Championship in the first year of the playoff era. In some people’s minds Bosa didn’t appear to be quite the force this season as that 2014 year. It began with a one game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules, and ended with an early ejection for targeting in the season-ending bowl game versus Notre Dame. Some of the numbers in between (16 TFLs, 5 sacks) don’t leap off the page, but add in 14 quarterback pressures, and attracting constant double or even triple teams that opened up opportunities for teammates, and in actual fact Bosa was no less effective a game changing presence his junior season. He is one of those rare players that requires a specific game plan to attempt to minimise his impact. As a pass rusher, Bosa isn’t the most explosive off the snap, or the quickest round the edge, but wins with outstanding technique, use of his hands to disengage, length and size, leverage and brute strength. Right from his early days with the Buckeyes, he has proven to be gifted at defending the run, setting the edge, staying disciplined and aware. His understanding of the position is impressive to go along with the physical traits he brings. This is a player who is built for the pros and a worthy early draft selection. (Rebecca Rennie)