Joey Bosa’s combine performance next week could impact whether the Ravens have a chance to draft him, or not.
Many believe that Bosa, a top defensive end prospect from Ohio St., will be a top-five pick. That would eliminate Bosa for the Ravens, who hold the No. 6 pick and seem unlikely to trade up.
However, not everyone is sold on Bosa going in the top five. In his latest mock draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has Bosa falling to the Ravens at No. 6.
Some scouts aren’t convinced Bosa will be a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL. Others view Bosa as being more effective in a 4-3 defense, rather than in a 3-4, which the Ravens play.
However, considering the Ravens’ need to improve their pass rush, it’s hard to see them passing on Bosa if he’s available. With versatility and size (6-foot-6, 276 pounds), Bosa has excelled against top college competition. And Bosa has certainly displayed dedication to football. Check out this story from the Sports Illustrated website Campus Rush, detailing how Bosa reacted to a one-game suspension by moving off campus and living a secluded life to avoid more trouble.
If Bosa has a lights-out combine workout, and impresses during interviews, the chance he falls to the Ravens decreases. However, if Bosa doesn’t stand out at the combine, maybe the top of the draft plays out the way Kiper predicts, and Bosa is there for the Ravens.
It’s all part of the pre-draft speculation. But from a Ravens’ perspective, Bosa is one player at the combine to keep an eye on.