Following a subpar performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, defensive end Joey Bosa turned in an improved showing Friday at Ohio State's star-studded pro day.
The 6'5", 269-pound pass-rusher competed in several drills and likely improved his case for being selected early in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald was among those who were extremely impressed by what the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native was able to do:
Armando Salguero @ArmandoSalguero
Joey Bosa is destroying Ohio State pro day. My goodness.2016-3-11 16:03:13
ESPN's Louis Riddick agreed, although he never understood the perceived stock drop that Bosa experienced after the combine:
As is usually the case, special attention was paid to Bosa's 40-yard dash. He ran a somewhat disappointing time of 4.86 seconds at the combine, according to NFL.com, so there was a fair amount of pressure to do better Friday.
Per Anthony Rothman of 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus, Ohio, NFL Network reported that Bosa shaved 0.08 seconds off his combine time:
Anthony Rothman @AnthonyRothman
.@nflnetwork says Joey Bosa improved 40 time from 4.86 at Combine to 4.78 today at OSU.2016-3-11 15:53:38
Hayden Grove of the Associated Press provided a video of Bosa's first 40 attempt on Twitter:
Hayden Grove @H_Grove
Here at Ohio State's Pro Day. Joey Bosa running the 40-yard dash. #Buckeyes https://t.co/3rSKWx7N7o2016-3-11 14:42:33
Fellow AP reported Eric Seger then posted a video of his second run a few minutes later:
Eric Seger @EricSeger33
Joey Bosa's second 40-yard dash: https://t.co/wJ45APOBEF2016-3-11 14:55:39
Bosa was arguably the highest-profile player among the 22 prospects who participated in Ohio State's pro day, and all 32 NFL teams were remarkably well represented, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer:
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
Crazy Pro Day in Columbus -- 133 NFL scouts/coaches, all 32 teams, six head coaches, and 22 kids working out https://t.co/RLxsTxwZBf2016-3-11 14:09:54
The 20-year-old defensive lineman's day began in the weight room, as seen in this photo from ESPN.com's Austin Ward, and he put up a strong number with 28 repetitions:
Austin Ward @AWardESPN
Potential No. 1 pick Joey Bosa cranked out 28 reps on the bench press -- and wasn't even... https://t.co/JFkTSunINA https://t.co/uigmSyxzTr2016-3-11 13:56:18
Per Breer, that meant Bosa made significant strides in the areas of both speed and strength since the combine:
Albert Breer @AlbertBreer
Ohio State DE Joey Bosa improved from 24 to 28 reps in the bench, and ran in the mid-4.7s in the 40, per a couple teams' stopwatches.2016-3-11 15:25:16
Bosa also took part in a number of drills that tested quickness and athleticism, and he likely opened some eyes in a positive way on that front as well.
As evidenced by this Vine, via the NFL's official Twitter account, Bosa showed some impressive explosion and leg strength in the broad jump:
Joey Bosa can FLY. #OhioStateProDay https://t.co/1hM6uiDjiV2016-3-11 15:53:14
Bosa displayed excellent lateral quickness and footwork as well, per this NFL Network video:
NFL Network @nflnetwork
Ohhh that @jbbigbear FOOT WORK! #OhioStateProDay https://t.co/Xt9oU1VNYJ2016-3-11 15:55:28
The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection will primarily make his living in the NFL as a pass-rusher who gets to the quarterback, and his ability to do so was put to the test at Friday's pro day.
This ESPN Cleveland video showcased Bosa's penchant for working his way around and through would-be blockers en route to opposing signal-callers:
ESPN Cleveland @ESPNCleveland
Bosa doin' work. #Buckeyes #OSUProDay https://t.co/Ay6e1MKGjI2016-3-11 16:02:01
ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler was impressed by the manner in which Bosa was able to run several pass-rushing drills in a row seemingly without getting tired:
Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN
Coaches put Joey Bosa through serious workout at Ohio St pro day - about 10 straight pass rushes with no break. He showed stamina2016-3-11 16:07:53
As great as Bosa looked in that aspect, he may have increased his value even more by proving to teams that he is a versatile player.
Bosa may be forced to play some linebacker and drop into coverage at times, depending upon what type of system he is drafted into, and the skill set needed to do so was apparent, as seen here:
Joey Bosa. SO smooth. #OhioStateProDay https://t.co/lIwaeqGg4P2016-3-11 16:19:32
Predicting where Bosa will ultimately land in the draft is a difficult exercise currently, but he figures to at least be in the mix when the Tennessee Titans pick No. 1 overall.
Bosa's brother and prized Ohio State recruit, Nick Bosa, apparently tried to send some subliminal messages in the Titans' direction Friday by wearing their gear to the pro day:
Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN
Joey Bosa's brother Nick, an Ohio State freshman, wearing Titans gear at pro day. TEN... https://t.co/2Q3LTTihHT https://t.co/E1UOvTnLno2016-3-11 16:12:41
NFL teams are constantly searching for elite pass-rushers in order to counteract the high-octane passing offenses that have taken over the league, and Bosa has a chance to be that type of player.
He answered some of the questions that teams may have had about him coming out of the combine Friday, and he certainly has the type of collegiate production on his resume that talent evaluators look for.
Bosa couldn't have bounced back much better at his pro day than he ultimately did, and while nothing is guaranteed amid the chaos that is the road to the NFL draft, he conceivably improved his chances of landing somewhere in the top five considerably.
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