Joey Bosa is drawing some big-time comparisons at the NFL Combine. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport quoted one scout comparing the Ohio State defensive end to Jared Allen.

Not to be outdone, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel quoted two people who compared Bosa to Justin Smith.

The first was Joey’s father John, who himself was a first round draft pick in 1987.

“He’s a little better version of Justin Smith when he came out of Missouri (in 2001).”

That’s quite a comparison, but that’s to be expected from a father. The same can’t be said for a scout, who McGinn quoted making a similar comparison.

“Little better athlete. Strong, tough guy like that. Good motor.”

Bosa is a good athlete and he may well be a fine NFL defensive end, but comparing him to two All-Pro, borderline Hall of Fame players is pushing it.

Both Allen and Smith were versatile enough to fit into different defensive schemes. Allen could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or defensive end in a 4-3. Smith didn’t have the quickness to be a 3-4 linebacker, but he had the right combination of speed and strength to play as a defensive tackle or defensive end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system.

Bosa hasn’t shown that he can do that. Entering the draft, he looks like the kind of player who can be a 4-3 defensive end and nothing else. He doesn’t have the strength needed to be a 3-4 end and doesn’t have the speed to be a 3-4 linebacker.

He’s also a guy that managed only five sacks in his final year with the Buckeyes. Yes, he drew a lot of attention from opposing offensive lines and certainly supplied his share of quarterback pressures, but five sacks is not exactly a great output for defensive lineman likely to be taken in the Top-10 who’s drawing favorable comparisons to two of the best linemen of the last decade.

Joey Bosa would do well to have a career that’s anywhere near as good as Allen’s or Smith’s. While he’s certainly a talented player, Bosa has too many question marks to be drawing such comparisons before ever playing an NFL game or even getting drafted.