Former NFL fullback and current NFL Network personality Heath Evans has never been known to be shy about his opinion on all things NFL-related.
Those thoughts rang true when Evans was part of a collaborative piece on NFL.com about this year’s draft class.
Evans voiced his doubts about the Chargers spending the third overall pick on Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa.
Needless to say, Evans is unimpressed by the pick.
I’m just not seeing what the Chargers see in Joey Bosa
I feel like, if this were any other draft class, Joey Bosa might not have had a first-round grade on him. He was pushed up because of the lack of pass rushers in this class. Yes, Bosa is a technician, a hard worker and is disciplined, but there’s nothing elite about him — not his size, speed, explosive power or strength. With a top-10-to-15 pick, teams are looking for game changers, and I don’t think he’s that.
I think the Chargers passed on some players who could have fixed issues right away. They are throwing Bosa into a 3-4 defense, which he’s never played in — and training him to play in space, come off the edge and all these other things he wasn’t asked to do in college. The things Bosa did do at Ohio State, I didn’t think he was exceptionally great at any of them. I don’t care what the stats say. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in San Diego.
Well, Heath, tell us how you really feel.
If I’m being perfectly honest, I share a lot of the same concerns that Evans has regarding Bosa and his ability to make an impact at the next level. That being said, when Evans states, “…if this were any other draft class, Joey Bosa might not have had a first-round grade on him,” I couldn’t disagree more.
Bosa was one of the top players in college football for the last few seasons. His ability to find his niche at the next level will have a lot to do with defensive coordinator John Pagano’s ability to be creative when finding opportunities for Bosa to make plays.
One spot where I completely agree with Evans’ breakdown of Bosa is his final sentence in the article: “It’ll be interesting to see how he does in San Diego.”
It will be interesting to see how he performs in America’s finest city, and I look forward to watching this young man grow into his role with the Bolts.
Thanks a lot for reading.