Cleveland Browns reportedly will meet with Joey Bosa
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns, perpetually in search of help for the defense, will reportedly host Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa for a visit.
The Cleveland Browns will reportedly host Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa for a pre-draft visit today.
Bosa would be a popular choice among some Browns fans and entered the off-season as the presumed top defensive player in the draft. He has been surpassed in recent weeks by Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey on some draft boards, but either player would certainly help the Browns ailing defense.
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Related: Cleveland Browns draft profile: Joey Bosa
Bosa was the 2015 Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and one of four finalists for the 46th Lombardi Award. He was a key member of an Ohio State defense that ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring (14 points per game) and 10th in total defense (303.5 yards per game). This season he had 47 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, five quarterback sacks, four pass break-ups, 14 quarterback pressures, an interception and a forced fumble.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Bosa has a:
"Body beautiful college end who has the talent and upside to play with a hand down or standing in the pros. Bosa might not have the pure edge speed to be an elite pass rusher, but his hand usage and ability to generate push as a bull-rusher should make him a very good 4-3 base end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Bosa has a few more flaws than some may be willing to admit and his upside might be good rather than great, but his traits and growth potential as a player make him a safe selection. Bosa might be at his best with a defensive coordinator willing to move him around the field."
There are some questions about whether or not Bosa can be as dominant at the NFL level as he was in college, however, as Stephen White points out at SBNation:
"Bosa, for me, is a little too robotic and stiff in the hips like a machine (get it?), especially when he is out in space. He’s fine as long as he can do everything like he practiced it, probably a gazillion times, but when it’s not as clear cut, he isn’t as successful. Don’t get me wrong, he was a fantastic college football player. His combination of good technique, size and power gave him some distinct advantages over a lot of the guys who tried to block him at that level. Unfortunately for Bosa, once he gets on the next level that will rarely be the case."
Even knowing that, Bosa has been compared to both J.J. Watt and Jared Allen, making him a player the Browns should take a long, hard look at on draft night.