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Joey Bosa knows he’ll be off board early in NFL Draft

Ex-St. Thomas star Joey Bosa had 26 sacks at Ohio State.
Ex-St. Thomas star Joey Bosa had 26 sacks at Ohio State. AP

Over the past several weeks, Joey Bosa has interviewed with 32 Fortune 500 companies.

Those companies have names such as the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars, and all of them are very much interested in “hiring” the former St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end.

Where Bosa goes should be determined early on Thursday night, when the NFL begins its annual draft.

John Bosa, the former Dolphins defensive end who is now more well-known as Joey’s father, said his son has enjoyed the grueling pre-draft process that has included the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Pro Day at Ohio State and multiple private workouts/interviews with all the teams holding a top-11 draft pick.

There’s just one thing that has aggravated Joey Bosa.

“He hates it when he has to miss a workout,” John Bosa said. “The past three weeks have been especially hectic with a lot of travel. He hasn’t stopped since the Fiesta Bowl.”

Things should calm down in about a week. But for now, Bosa is still on the move.

On Tuesday, he will fly to Chicago, where the draft is being held and where he has numerous family members.

Bosa is among the small number of athletes invited to be at the draft, which is a good sign that he will go high.

Some media members have ranked Bosa as the top talent in the draft.

But he’s not going No. 1.

“Joey knows he’s not going in the top two,” John Bosa said. “That’s pretty obvious.”

For a while there, it seemed like Bosa would be one of the top two or three players selected.

But within the past 10 days, the Los Angeles Rams made a trade to acquire the No. 1 pick from the Tennessee Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles traded up with the Cleveland Browns to get the No. 2 pick.

The Rams and Eagles are expected to take quarterbacks — Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, in whichever order — and that would push Bosa down.

Charlie Casserly of NFL.com has Bosa going fourth. Cris Collinsworth of Pro Football Focus and Jared Dubin of CBS have Bosa being taken fifth. Charles Davis of NFL.com has Bosa sixth. Pete Prisco of CBS has Bosa eighth. And Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has Bosa ninth.

“There are 20 supposed experts throwing out mock drafts,” said John Bosa, probably underestimating the number. “And I guarantee none of them know for sure what will happen.”

Bosa, listed at 6-6, 275 pounds, compiled 26 sacks in three years at Ohio State. The 20-year-old gave up his senior year of eligibility, but his father — who knows a thing or two about football — has no doubt his son is ready.

“They asked him at the podium [during the pre-draft process] if he thought he was the No. 1 player,” John Bosa said. “I was real proud of him when he said ‘yes.’ 

Still, John Bosa has tried to warn his son about having too many expectations on NFL Draft night. But Joey is human, after all, even if he looks like a monster on the field.

Scouts Inc. lists Bosa as the top talent in the draft, and his scouting report raves about his strength and awareness in stuffing the run.

The reports also say Bosa isn’t a flashy athlete and might never be a 10-sack end. But he has a burst and a refined ability to use his hands, which are skills that will allow him to get to the passer.

Add it all up and it’s been nearly three decades since St. Thomas Aquinas — perhaps the top high school football program in the nation — has had a prospect rated this highly.

Wide receiver Michael Irvin went 11th in the 1988 draft, and he turned in a Hall of Fame career.

Either way, John Bosa said he’s grateful for the experiences his son is having, including meeting several team owners.

“They’ve given him wonderful feedback,” John Bosa said. “I’ve let Joey know how fortunate he is to have spent even 15 minutes with some of these brilliant businessmen.”

Name

School

Ranking

Joey Bosa

St. Thomas/Ohio State

No. 1 DE

Jeremy Cash

Plantation/Duke

No. 2 SS

Alex Collins

S. Plantation/Arkansas

No. 3 RB

Brandon Doughty

N. Broward Prep/W. Kentucky

No. 14 QB

Jake Rudock

St. Thomas/Michigan

No. 16 QB

Trevon Coley

Miramar/FAU

No. 18 DT

Jamie Byrd

South Florida

No. 20 SS

James Burgess

Homestead/Louisville

No. 21 ILB

Gionni Paul

Miami/Utah

No. 21 OLB

Cre’von LeBlanc

Florida Atlantic

No. 30 CB

— Rankings according to Ourlads.com

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