New Orleans Saints 2016 NFL Draft Profile: Joey Bosa

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Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) leaves the game after being ejected for a targeting penalty during the first half of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) leaves the game after being ejected for a targeting penalty during the first half of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ohio State’s Joey Bosa is arguably one of two premiere pass rushers in the NFL Draft, but will the New Orleans Saints even have the opportunity to land him?

We continue our draft profile series with Ohio State Buckeyes star defensive end and All-American Joey Bosa, who could likely make an immediate impact for a pass-rush needy New Orleans Saints defense.

Measurements:
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 269 pounds
Arm length: 33 3/8 inches
Hands: 10 1/4 inches

Scouting Combine Results:
40-yard dash: 4.86 seconds
Bench press (225 LBS): 24 reps
Vertical: 32 inches
Broad jump: 120 inches (Top performer)
3-cone drill: 6.89 seconds (Top performer)
20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds (Top performer)

Analysis:
Joey Bosa will most likely be one of the top-two defensive linemen drafted. Most of the mock drafts have him going in the top-5 as the first choice. Bosa will undoubtedly be looked upon to make an immediate impact on whichever team drafts him. Look for him to be a force come Sundays in the NFL.

Bosa came out to declare early as a junior for Ohio State. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten player in 2014 and 2015. He also went on to win the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive player of the Year in 2014.

There are many more awards that sit in his cabinet after playing just three years at Ohio St. In his 41-game career, Joey Bosa finished with 150 tackles, 50.5 tackles for a loss, and 26 sacks.

He comes from an NFL pedigree. His dad, John Bosa, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round in 1987. This draft is very deep when it comes down to defensive linemen. Joey Bosa could be the first one taken.

He is an excellent pass rusher and is ready to start in the NFL immediately.  The only issue with Bosa is lackluster performance in the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.86 40-yard dash, which isn’t eye-popping.

He was also suspended for the opening game for the Buckeyes for unexplained reasons. I doubt that neither will affect his draft status come Thursday.

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How would he fit in with the Saints:
Well, the fact of the matter is that Joey Bosa will likely be taken before the New Orleans Saints pick at No. 12, assuming they stay put.

If the Saints move up perhaps that would change, but I doubt that the Saints would do that. Of course if some miracle happens, Bosa would fit in great.

The Saints more than anything need a pass rusher who can simply break through the lines and add pressure on the other side opposite Cam Jordan. A Joey Bosa acquisition would simply be a game changer.

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