With all the talk about the talent at the top of the draft and there being no bonafide #1 pick like there has been in other drafts, it is interesting to see how well Joey Bosa compares to one of the best physical specimens in the league, J.J. Watt.
Combine Compare— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 29, 2016
Watt ‘11 Bosa ‘16
Height 6’5 6’5
40-yd 4.84 4.86
20-yd 4.21 4.21
3-cone 6.88 6.89
Bosa, once thought to be a lock for the #1 pick, has seen some concerns about his production this past year, amongst other things. This, along with the rise of left tackle Laremy Tunsil and the needs of some teams in the top 5 at quarterback, has led to speculation that he could slide. There have also been rumors that some teams do not have him rated so highly, so the possibility exists that he could slide down like Leonard Williams did in 2015. Williams was thought to be the top prospect in the 2015 draft, and although it was possible a quarterback or 2 would go ahead of him, no one anticipated that 3 non-quarterbacks would also go before him.
The Ravens, sitting at sixth overall would likely embrace his fall, and sprint to the podium to select the next marquee Ravens defensive players. With Pro Bowl players like Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to learn from, not to mention all the talent on the defensive line with recent draftees Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, and Carl Davis, Bosa would be in a prime position to learn on the job and have an immediate impact for a contender. Don't hold your breath, but if it does happen, Bosa's fall will be a Ravens boon.