This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who follows college football, but Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is reportedly getting himself ready to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports Bosa’s family has already “conducted meetings with potential representatives” and is “preparing as if he’ll enter the draft.”
Bosa has previously indicated he’d be coming out after the 2015 college football season when he commented that the only way he saw himself staying at Ohio State was to potentially play with his younger brother.
Joey Bosa: "The only possible thing that would keep me here is playing with [brother] Nick. …We'll see when the time comes."
— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) November 16, 2015
While the casual fan might glance at the stat sheet and wonder what all the fuss is about, given his measly five sacks this year, NFL scouts are drooling over Bosa’s potential at the next level. With a lethal combination of speed, power, quickness and size, Bosa blows by most offensive linemen like they’re standing still when given an opportunity for one-on-one runs at the quarterback (watch here).
Many athletes leave school early to their own demise, not being ready for the next step. The same cannot be said for Bosa, who looks like he’s ready to shine at the highest level of play. Given the fact most NFL experts agree on his status as a top-five (or better) guy coming out this winter for the draft, it seems like Bosa is making the smart move to advance his career — strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.
Until he officially declares, Bosa can still return for another season at Ohio State, but nobody should be holding their breath waiting for that announcement. It’s far more likely Bosa is taking his talents to the NFL next year.