Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner. The whole country will be watching as The Panthers and Broncos square off in a highly anticipated match up that has all the makings of a true classic.
After the final play of that game, however, the NFL season will be over. The players and coaches may be looking forward to the off season and the opportunity for some much deserved vacation time.
Though, for the fans, the end of the NFL season signifies that it is now time to look to the future and as far as The Chargers are concerned, drafting Joey Bosa could make their future a very bright one.
The Chargers will enter the 2016 draft with the third overall pick. After an atrocious 2015 season, general manager Tom Telesco will do everything in his power to turn this team around get them back into the realm of relevance. This is where Joey comes into play.
Bosa is a 6’6″ 275 pound defensive end out of Ohio State. He is 21 years old and is expected to be taken in the very early goings of the first round in this years draft. He is an absolute force to be reckoned with on the field. While he accumulated five sacks and 35 tackles in 2015, he saw greater success the year before where he racked up 13.5 sacks and 39 tackles.
Joey Bosa plays with a relentless intensity that will wear out offensive lines throughout the league. His speed is unique to someone of his size. He is expected to run around a 4.6 4o yard dash at the upcoming combine. He is a fantastic tackler that always seems to wrap up opposing players and bring the to the ground with great force. While he does have a tendency to be a tad jumpy at the line and have more flags thrown his way then he’d like, his aggressive, tough style of play is just what this team needs.
A playmaker such as Bosa is sorely needed for San Diego and their defense, especially against the run, which was ranked 27th. The run defense was possibly destined for a last place finish if not for Denzel Perryman‘s high level of play during the latter part of the season.
Assuming Bosa would be added the roster at the start of next year, he would presumably replace current DE Kendall Reyes. Reyes is 26 years old and followed his one sack 2014 season with a two sack 2015 season. He is serviceable, but easily replaceable and if Bosa were to be the one to replace him, The Chargers would suddenly have a formidable core of young talent. Corey Liuget, Melvin Ingram, Denzel Perryman, Manti Te’o, and Joey Bosa, could wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. What remains to be seen is if these players have what it takes to stay healthy through an entire season and be consistent contributions to the team.
Though it appears that Joey is the obvious candidate in the first round pick for The Bolts, there are still other positions that the organization may wish to pursue. Laremy Tunsil, Jalen Ramsey, and Ronnie Stanley would all be fine additions and would serve as massive upgrades to the team. However, none of them would demand such attention from opponents as Bosa would. While San Diego does need a lot to go right in 2016 if they wish to contend, the addition of Bosa would be the best first step they could take.