The Chargers selected college football’s most decorated defensive player in the first round with the third overall selection, defensive end Joey Bosa from Ohio State University.
A 6-5, 280-pound native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Bosa threw his hat into the NFL ring after three seasons in Columbus. He left Ohio State with career totals that include 150 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss that resulted in minus 247 yards, 26 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles.
Bosa was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, two-time first-team All-America and 2014 National Champion. As a junior in 2015, he garnered All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated.com, ESPN.com, Walter Camp, the American Football Coaches Association of America and CBS Sports.
Bosa had the best statistical season of his Buckeyes career in 2014 when he helped lead the team to a 14-1 record and the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Bosa racked up 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss (14th nationally) and a Big Ten-leading 13.5 sacks (10th nationally) in 2014. He was a unanimous first-team All-America and the winner of the Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and its Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year awards. The signature play of his sophomore season was a fourth-down sack against Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg that sealed a 31-24 double-overtime win over the Nittany Lions.
A second-generation NFL player, Bosa’s father, John, was a first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1987 after playing collegiately at Boston College. Bosa’s mother, Cheryl, is an Ohio State grad. And Bosa’s uncle, Eric Kumerow, was a four-year letterman as a linebacker for the Buckeyes and a team captain as a senior in 1987. Kumerow too was selected in the NFL Draft by the Dolphins, going a year after John Bosa in 1988 and coincidentally he too went at pick No. 16. The Bosas are the fifth father-son duo to be first-round picks in the NFL in the last 10 years.
Several other members of the Bosa family played football in college and the NFL. Joey’s grandfather, Palmer Pyle Jr., played on the offensive line at Michigan State before being drafted by the Baltimore Colts. He played six years in Baltimore. His brother, Mike Pyle, played nine seasons at center with the Chicago Bears. Joey’s cousin, Jake Kumerow, played collegiately at D-III Wisconsin-Whitewater before spending the 2015 season on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad. And Joey’s brother, Nick, is part of a heralded recruiting class set to begin play for the Buckeyes in 2016.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick by Chargers (3rd overall), April 28, 2016.
COLLEGE: First-team All-America by SportsIllustrated.com, ESPN.com, Walter Camp, AFCA and CBS Sports as junior...also first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of Year...Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year as sophomore in 2014 as well as unanimous All-America selection...Big Ten and Athlon Magazine Defensive Player of Week after 2014 win over Penn State...2013 Freshman All-America by Sporting News and College Football News and honorable mention All-Big Ten...Big Ten Freshman of Week after two sacks and fumble recovery in end zone for touchdown on last play of 40-30 win over Northwestern.
PERSONAL: Born in Miami, Florida...All-America, two-time Associated Press first-team all-state and two-time state champion at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.