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Miami Dolphins likely have no shot at hometown star Joey Bosa, who wants to be top overall draft pick

“I think I [am] the best pass-rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country,” Ohio State’s Joey Bosa said at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“I think I [am] the best pass-rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country,” Ohio State’s Joey Bosa said at the NFL Scouting Combine. AP

The Miami Dolphins might need a pass-rusher.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is probably best in class.

And, oh yeah, his dad played for the Dolphins, too.

So it’s a perfect fit, right? The hometown star, who played his high school ball at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, goes to his hometown team?

Not if Bosa has anything to say about it.

It’s not that he wouldn’t want to play for the Dolphins. It’s just that he (rightly) expects to be long gone by the time his dad John’s old team is on the clock at pick No. 8.

“I think I [am] the best pass-rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country,” Bosa said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bosa added: “I do believe I’m the best player in the draft. Of course, there’s a lot of amazing players in the draft, and it’s going to be up to Tennessee to make that decision. As a top player, if you don’t believe that, then there’s something wrong.”

Friday was a big day for Bosa, who could go as high as third overall in April after recording 51 sacks in three collegiate seasons. It’s when he began pitching NFL teams that he’s a legit pro and that the issues from his time at Ohio State — he was suspended for the 2015 opener for a violation of team rules and ejected from the Buckeyes’ bowl game for targeting — are a thing of the past.

“I’m just going to discuss that one-on-one with the teams,” Bosa said of his suspension.

If the teams get the answer they want, there’s no reason that he won’t be drafted far higher than his father and uncle Eric Kumerow, whom the Dolphins took with the 16th overall pick in 1987 and 1988, respectively.

I do believe I’m the best player in the draft.

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John Bosa has been a great resource for his son, surrounding him “with the best agents, the best trainers, with all the best people,” Joey said. But he’s also giving him enough space to be his own man.

The younger Bosa, who still wants to be known as Joey as a professional, also praised the people at St. Thomas, who prepared him for the rigors of Big Ten football. Bosa’s younger brother Nick is following the trail Joey blazed. After starring at St. Thomas, Nick Bosa will enroll at Ohio State this fall.

“A lot of kids come into college having never really worked out or done the things we do at St. Thomas,” Joey Bosa said. “It’s definitely a great high school. It gets you mentally and physically prepared for the next level.”

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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