Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) during the first half of the game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
According to Pro Football Focus, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa had the second-most productive rookie season, ranking behind just Aldon Smith.
The Chargers scored big with Joey Bosa.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft fell right into the Chargers’ lap. He was the best player on their board for months–and nobody outside of general manager Tom Telesco and Co. knew it.
And according to Pro Football Focus, Bosa had the second-most productive rookie season since they started grading.
Only Aldon Smith had a more productive rookie year. pic.twitter.com/h7EB0jmYKX
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 27, 2017
It’s crazy that he did what he did in just 12 games (missed the first four due to a hamstring injury). According to PFF, Bosa notched more pressures through his first 12 games than any player in the last 11 years. He ended up grading out as PFF’s fifth-best edge defender.
Bosa, who led all rookies with 10.5 sacks, became the Associated Press (AP) NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor that a Chargers rookie hasn’t received since LB Shawne Merriman in 2005.
Hopefully, Bosa will continue to be the dominant force that he is. Because he is arguably the most important piece on the Chargers’ defense.