There may be no name more polarizing in this year's draft to Cowboys' fans than Joey Bosa. No matter when his name comes up it is followed with a thousand opinions. We have just over 20 days until the draft takes place in Chicago, an event that I myself will be attending. It got me thinking, should we prepare for the possibility of the Cowboys taking Joey Bosa fourth overall? Yes. We absolutely should. Which got me thinking again, just how does the BTB community feel about this becoming a reality on April 28th?
First, let's revisit what we know about Bosa. For one thing, he's the consensus best pass rusher available in terms of the full package at the position. He was a dominant player for the Buckeyes as well where he racked up 26 sacks and 51 tackles for loss in three seasons. Most will first point out to you that he averaged under nine sacks per season but that doesn't tell the whole story. You see, in 2015, Bosa only had five sacks, but he was almost constantly double-teamed, and still managed 16 tackles for loss. By doing so, it freed up the entire line to contribute 38 sacks and 83 tackles for loss in just 13 games.
What really stands out about Bosa's game is how he practically has a mortgage in the backfield. We're talking about a guy who had 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss as a true freshman. He followed that up with 13.5 sacks and a staggering 21 tackles for loss as a sophomore on his way to becoming a First-Team All-American and National Champion. Okay, we get it. He's a gifted athlete, what about the knocks on this guy?
First, you got to take into consideration that he was suspended for the opener at Virginia Tech for undisclosed reasons but it was likely marijuana. He's also been criticized for being too close to his ceiling. When has a player ever been chastised for being a ready-to-go prospect? There are concerns that he doesn't have what it takes to be a perennial sack-artist, but those same folks say that he will automatically upgrade any defense he's added to.
Bosa gets two comparisons to former NFL players; Greg Ellis and Jared Allen. Cowboys fans shutter when they hear Ellis because it meant a pass on Randy Moss. Is Ellis on his way to the Hall? No. However, Ellis recorded 394 tackles, 84 sacks, 20 forced fumbles, and four interceptions in 12 seasons. That's not bad, Ellis was a good player for the Cowboys. We don't really need to mention Allen's career as most of us are fully aware and he's a candidate for the Hall of Fame one day. So what if Bosa is in between Ellis and Allen? Would that be good enough for the Cowboys? What if the Cowboys take Joey Bosa at fourth-overall? What will the reaction be? I posed this question to the front page writers and here's what we got:
Tom Ryle: If Cowboys were to take Bosa at four, I would have to assume that was what their board said, and they either thought he was more valuable than a trade back or were unable to find a partner who would give them what they want. They have taken a lot of time to look at him, so they should know what they are getting. Just because we are less than sold on him does not mean that the Cowboys, especially Marinelli, aren't.