Chargers Draft

Revisiting current Chargers’ NFL Draft profiles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa of Ohio State participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 28: (L-R) Joey Bosa of Ohio State holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 28: (L-R) Joey Bosa of Ohio State holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked

Joey Bosa:

“Not much bang behind his pads as a tackler. Big runners squeeze out additional yards after contact against him. Will vacate his run fit with constant attempts to get over the top of block rather than reading and reacting to both gaps. Not as twitchy and sudden as expected. Feet are a little heavy and it takes just a second to accelerate up to speed after quick direction changes. More attention by offenses brought much fewer sacks. Flagged for offsides 10 times over last two years and 14 penalties total.” – Joey Bosa’s NFL Draft profile

Not twitchy? Tell that to Nathan Peterman:

Joey Bosa hits Peterman in 1.55 secs. Mills oversets/McCoy doesn't block. Throw gets altered! #Chargers #BUFvsLAC pic.twitter.com/Sx3UItezj6

— DLineVids (@DLineVids) November 21, 2017

As for the penalties, however, it’s fascinating to see how much that has transferred to the NFL:

  • Roughing the Passer: Three penalties, 45 yards
  • Neutral Zone Infraction: Three penalties, 14 yards
  • Unnecessary Roughness: One penalty, 15 yards
  • Defensive Offside: One penalty, five yards (he had another in Week 1 that was declined)

Those are his 2017 numbers alone. Many were costly, including a fourth quarter roughing the passer call against Blake Bortles with :24 remaining. He’s an elite pass rusher, but he needs to cut back on the penalties as to not hurt the team in critical situations.

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