On Thursday morning the Rams completed a blockbuster trade with the Titans for the first overall pick, two second round picks, a third round pick, and a first and third round pick in 2017. The Rams are presumably in hot pursuit of a quarterback, Carson Wentz or Jared Goff depending on who you ask. Regardless of who it is between those two, the other guy is likely going to be picked shortly after. This is all music to Jason Licht’s ears, as it means that a very good non-quarterback could slip to the ninth pick. Could this player be Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa?
Bosa has been lauded in many places as the top defensive end in this draft, and he’s got the measurables, production, upside and experience that teams covet. Playing a premium position, it’s easy to see why he’s perceived as a top five pick by many in the draft community. And yet with that said, every year a player checks these same boxes and an unexpected scenario plays out resulting in their drop.
With some combination of Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Jalen Ramsey, Laremy Tunsil, Deforest Buckner, Zeke Elliot and Myles Jack likely to make up the top seven picks, there is a very real chance that a dream scenario plays out for the Buccaneers, netting them an absolute steal of a prospect in Bosa. These odds jump exponentially if a player like Vernon Hargreaves, Ronnie Stanley, Corey Coleman or Paxton Lynch is picked; all realistic considerations. For whatever it’s worth, Charles Davis of NFL Network has mocked out a plausible path for Bosa to the Bucs.
Bosa isn’t a perfect prospect. Some teams are reportedly concerned with the amount of time he spent partying in college and the drug use that can come along with that. Bosa also doesn’t project as an immediate pass rushing extraordinaire, and lacks the clearly defined pass rushing traits that some teams prefer or seek in defensive ends. For these reasons along with the sheer number of talented players at the top of the draft, Bosa sliding on draft night is a scenario worth taking seriously.