The San Diego Chargers came into the 2016 NFL Draft with quite a few needs to fill. It has been an interesting offseason to say the least for the Chargers, although they have not been able to make many big moves. They did bring in a couple of big pieces in free agency, but they had to pick up an impact player with the No. 3 overall pick.
Joey Bosa is a major impact player and will end up becoming the leader of the Chargers’ defense.
San Diego finished the 2015 NFL season with a 4-12 record and finished last in the AFC West. It was a sobering year to say the least for the Chargers, and their defense was absolutely pitiful. They desperately needed some help from a pass rushing perspective and that is exactly why they chose to go with Bosa.
Bosa may not end up being a lethal pass rusher, but he brings speed and athleticism that the Chargers can use in many different ways. They could use him as a primary pass rusher or they could use him as an outside linebacker that can move all over the field.
During the 2015 college football season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Bosa ended up having a solid all-around season. He recorded 51 tackles, five sacks, an interception, four defensed passes, and a forced fumble throughout the season.
Those numbers may not look incredible, but they are solid and his game will translate to the NFL level.
At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, Bosa is going to be a load for offensive lines to handle. He is going to be the type of player that the Chargers can move all over the field to force opposing coaching staffs to change their game plans for throughout the game. San Diego hasn’t had a dominant defensive playmaker for quite some time, but they could have one now in Bosa.
After seeing the way that things went this offseason in the AFC West so far, the Chargers have to feel confident that they can compete again. The Denver Broncos lost both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, while the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t make too many new additions. Oakland has improved, but no one can count on them to be a playoff contender until they show that they can be one.
There isn’t much of a chance that the Chargers will be a Super Bowl caliber team, but Bosa is going to be a huge selection looking at the big picture.
Bosa has not touched his full potential, which is intriguing for the Chargers. Many expected them to address the offensive line with Laremy Tunsil or Ronnie Stanley, but choosing to go a different direction show just how much faith they have in Bosa becoming a star.
If Bosa wants to live up to the hype that being the No. 3 overall pick comes with, he has to take his work ethic to the next level. He improved throughout his college career, but that cannot stop now that he is getting paid big bucks. Bosa has to use his selection as motivation to become an even better player.
San Diego fans should be very excited about their team’s selection of Bosa, and he should end up being a major impact player for them. He will be thrown into action immediately in 2016 and will more than likely respond with big numbers.
What do you think of the San Diego Chargers’ decision to select Joey Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft? Will he end up being a dominant defensive player for the Chargers or will he be a bust? Let us know in the comment box below.
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