Bosa started for the Buckeyes as a true freshman in 10 of their 14 games recording 7.5 sacks and 44 tackles. He was named a freshman All-American. Continuing with his collegiate success, Bosa recorded another 13.5 sacks his sophomore year. He was suspended for the first game of his junior season for an undisclosed team issue, and recorded just 5 sacks his junior year.
Fun Fact: John Bosa, Joey’s father, played for the Miami Dolphins back in the 1980’s, while his brother, Nick, is a five-star recruit in the 2016 class and recently committed to play for the Buckeyes as well.
|DOB||1994||Bench (225 lbs)||24|
|Weight||269 lbs||Broad Jump||10′|
|Arms||33.375 in||20 Yard Shuttle||4.21 sec|
|Hands||10.25 in||3 Cone Drill||6.89 sec|
|40 Yard Dash (10 yd split)||4.86 sec (1.69 sec)||60 Yard Shuttle||DNP|
|Ohio State University (2013-2015)|
|2015 – 51 tackles (16.0 for loss), 5.0 sacks, 1 INT, 4 PD, 1 FF||Consensus All-American, First Team All-Big Ten, Smith-Brown DL of the Year|
|2014 – 55 tackles (21.0 for loss), 13.5 sacks, 1 PD, 4 FF||Unanimous ALL-American, First-Team All-Big Ten, Nagurski-Woodson DPOY, Smith-Brown DL of the Year|
|2013 – 44 tackles (13.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks, 1 PD||Freshman All-American, Freshman All-Big Ten|
This article is broken into three pages: (1) General notes and scouting report, (2) Pass rush, and (3) run defense and pro comparison.
To write this piece I watched six games from his 2015 campaign: Hawaii, Penn State, Rutgers, Western Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.
The first thing that jumps out at me when I was watching his tape was hit natural use of length and how great he used his hands. As a defensive lineman, he does an amazing job of hand-fighting to make sure no blocker can get a firm grip on him. This is by far his best traits: Length + Hands. With that being said, since he lined up primarily against the right tackle, he did not face any elite offensive lineman like Ronnie Staley of Notre Dame, for example.
One major reason for his lack of production compared to his sophomore campaign in which he collected 13.5 sacks was that he drew more double-teams in 2015. While he attempted to fight through them and was able to still make it a fair battle, Bosa was limited in these attempts. The good news is that his ability to penetrate by the fact that opposing coaches had to game plan for him meant that other defenders got 1v1 matches. Here are a couple of plays:
Another consistent thing I saw was that he was tackle-reading pre-snap meaning that he was watching the offensive tackle react to the snap versus watching the football. This is very conservative and hindered his pass rush as he was always behind the rest of the defensive line. Here’s an example of him arriving late to the party.
I mentioned in the scouting report that he was ejected for targeting in the Fiesta Bowl game versus Notre Dame. As you will see in the play below, this was clearly the correct call by the officials as he lowers his helmet and delivers a blow using the crown of his helmet to the quarterback’s stomach.