Chargers DE Joey Bosa made a big jump on NFL’s ‘Top 100 Players’ list of 2018. However, Bosa deserves to go much higher than where he landed.
Chargers’ Joey Bosa was the 100th best player last, according to his peers. A year later, the former No. 3 overall pick comes in at 37th on the NFL’s Top 100.
Bosa joins defensive end Melvin Ingram (No. 76), cornerback Casey Hayward (No. 59), quarterback Philip Rivers (No. 56) and wide receiver Keenan Allen (No. 41) on the list. It’s a huge leap for Bosa, but he deserves to be in the top 20.
I don’t see how anyone could think otherwise. He’s already an elite defensive end who has 23 career sacks in two seasons (28 games played). This past season, Bosa set the record for the most sacks through his first 20 games as a pro. He had the seventh-most sacks (12.5) and forced the fourth-most fumbles (four).
Bosa helped turn this defense around the second he stepped onto the football field, proving to be one of the most disruptive defenders in the league. At 22 years old, Bosa is already one of the best technicians in the game, and his power and relentless motor put him over the top. Bosa and Ingram, who had 10.5 sacks of his own, have developed into arguably the top pass-rushing tandem in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, no pass-rush do had more total pressures than Bosa and Ingram.
No pass rush duo was as dominant as Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram! pic.twitter.com/DN62XItzi0
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 4, 2018
I get that the Chargers don’t get much exposure, but I guarantee every player, analyst and fan know the name Joey Bosa. Not only that, but he has the talent to become NFL Defensive Player of the Year in the near future–and by near future, I mean 2019.
I argued that Bosa’s fellow teammates (Ingram, Hayward, Allen and even Rivers) should have been higher. Bosa, who is arguably the Chargers’ best overall player, is now added to that argument. It’s likely that no other Charger will make the list after Bosa.