Supply Lines – Ohio State Edge Defenders by Lee Wakefield

Welcome back to Supply Lines, in this episode I’ll be looking at Ohio State edge defenders, l  will also be taking a little bit of a different approach with this one. In previous weeks, I’ve been looking at the consistent supply of talent from a certain school, over a longer period of time, usually the past decade or so.

In this episode, however, I’m going to examine a much smaller period of time, I’m only going from 2016 to now. The reason for that is that Ohio State are more than likely going to have yet another edge defender selected in the top 5 of the draft, when Chase Young hears his name called in the 2020 draft.

Yes, that isn’t going to be until April 23rd 2020 but this isn’t a hot take; Chase Young is stupid good and I’d be willing to stake a fair amount of cash in that happening and I’d feel pretty good about it.

With this is mind, I’m going to be looking at those top 5 picks – The Big Bear, Joey Bosa, the Small Bear, Nick Bosa and the Predator, Chase Young.

However, before I begin, in the spirit of the supply line, I will also mention that in this timeframe, Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard also entered the NFL as Ohio State edge rushers, in the second and third rounds, as well as Jalyn Holmes in the 4th round of the 2018 draft.

How do these players differ and what has made them all so good? Let’s start with Joey Bosa.

Joey is the eldest son of John and Cheryl Bosa. John Bosa also played in the NFL and was also drafted in the first round – He was drafted by the Dolphins with the 16th overall pick of the 1987 draft as a defensive end out of Boston College.

With this in mind, Joey was essentially on the path of being an NFL player from the day he was born. Joey attended high school football powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was part of a state championship winning team in 2012.

During his time in high school, Bosa was a man amongst boys when playing on the defensive line; he was just bigger, faster, stronger and more technically proficient than everyone he faced. It was and still is the last item on that list that makes him stand out to this day, his technical proficiency.

Bosa’s hand usage and arsenal of pass rush moves and counter moves is what makes him one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, it’s his calling card.

It was at Ohio State that Bosa developed from the guy who was just bigger and better, into a technician.

One handed club, two handed club, push-pull, jab-swipe and even the odd inside spin move… the Big Bear had a full bag of tricks to delve into and from his freshman season in Columbus, he was terrorising opposing QB’s to the tune of 26 sacks in 3 seasons. It hasn’t slowed down in the NFL either… Since being drafted 3rd overall by the Chargers in 2016, Bosa has registered 28.5 sacks in 35 games.

When Joey departed for California, the buckeyes didn’t suffer too much, though. They had another player step in right away, a certain freshman, who also wore #97, just like his Dad did… Nick Bosa.

Nick had also attended St. Thomas Aquinas, and just like his big brother, he also won a state championship with the Raiders… He was also the best player on the field in all of his games and committed to Ohio State to follow in the footsteps of his older brother.

How do the two brothers compare?

Well, neither of them are top echelon athletes in terms of explosivity and whilst they have ideal height/weight combinations for the position, neither have ideal arm length when compared to elite NFL edge defenders.

However, both have success and will continue to have success due to being more technically advanced with their hand placement, leverage and speed to power conversion. Just as Joey did and still does, Nick struggles with long armed offensive tackles, even if they aren’t in the same calibre of player as he is because it’s a simple case of being anatomically disadvantaged – Essentially, tackles were, at times, able to just keep him at arm’s length… like you used to with your younger siblings as kids.

Nick didn’t quite put up the sack numbers that Joey did at Ohio State but he also only played 3 games in his final season due to a core injury, so clearly both had success and were able to overcome their issues. Injuries, I guess you could say there’s another similarity between the two brothers considering Nick may be in line to miss the whole preseason with an ankle injury – Joey missed the whole of his first preseason with a hamstring injury (although he was holding out of signing his rookie contract too, so wouldn’t have played anyway).

Joey and Nick are very much cut from the same cloth and I see them having similar floor, ceilings and trajectories in the NFL, because they’re very similar in build and playing style. One aspect of their games that I’ve not mentioned is that outside of pass rushing, both Bosas are very skilled and disciplined edge setters, they’re not just pure pass rushers who are good for nothing but teeing off towards the QB each and every snap.

Moving on to The Predator.

I mean, is that not the coolest nickname for a quarterback hunting edge defender?

Young as the dreadlocks and the laser-like focus, and at times the way the breezes past offensive tackles, I think he’s got the camouflage ability of The Predator.

Young is a little bit different to the Bosa brothers, Young is a hyper-twitched athlete, who is explosive in his first step and can beat a tackle to the corner and turn it, in order to make his path the QB a shorter one.

The trio do possess many similarities too; they all convert speed to power with ease, they all have ideal height/weight combinations for the position and they all have a good array for pass rush moves to work with, although Young is behind both Bosas on this score.

Young was due to play with Nick Bosa at Ohio State this past season but due to Nick’s aforementioned core injury, that partnership was ended after just 3 games but my, oh my, was it fun while it lasted?

It was almost like a race at time between #2 and #97 and it wasn’t a case of if the QB was going to get hit, it was a case of who was going to make it to him first.

Now it’s Young’s show and I can’t wait to see the progress he’s going to make in his Junior year and see if he can improve on his 9.5 sacks from last year but most of all, I’m looking forward to seeing if he has added to his repertoire as a pass rusher and become a more all round player.

I already have Young down as my Edge1 heading into the upcoming college football season and although AJ Epenesa may have something to say about this, I feel Young is in a great position to be the first edge off the board next April. If this does in fact come to fruition, he’ll surely be another top 5 Ohio State pass rusher since 2016 and that about as high quality of a Supply Line as I’ve spoken about this summer.

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Tim’s Mock Draft 1.0

I feel like I have to make a stand against 99% of all the other mock drafts. I am by no means an expert, but I can’t be having Kyler Murray to the Cardinals at #1 overall. More importantly, I hate to see people taking the easy way out for the first 2 picks in the draft.

Going straight in at the deep end with trades too because let’s face it, it is actually quite pointless to do a mock draft with everyone selecting from their current positions. It’s more likely that a Brexit deal gets through parliament than no trades happening in the first round of the 2019 draft.

Here is my uneducated opinion on what the draft can look like outside the narrow-visioned experts.

#1 – *TRADE* – Giants (from Cardinals) – KYLER MURRAY (QB) – Oklahoma

Although I did say that the Murray to Arizona was boring, I didn’t say that I thought both Murray and the Cardinals wouldn’t be at the #1 spot. I think come draft night, the Giants could give up pick 6 and Browns pick (17) from the OBJ trade. Considering 2nd round picks are being discussed at the moment for Rosen, I can’t see the Cardinals pulling the trigger on that one and it pays off as on the eve of the draft, one team comes in with a decent offer to trade back. From the Cardinals point of view, dropping to 6 is a perfect back stop. The only other team I can see doing something similar is the Raiders from the pick 4, but that can be for another time.

#2 – San Francisco – NICK BOSA (EDGE) – Ohio State

Unfortunately, I revert to the general consensus type here. Obvious, yes. One of the best talents in the draft, yes. So why wouldn’t San Francisco take Bosa? If Raiders are to take a QB, they wont need to give up much to move up 2 spots. San Francisco would be very open to offers too I think.

#3 – New York Jets – JOSH ALLEN (EDGE) – Kentucky

Jets need a pass rush and whilst like San Francisco, would like to trade back to make up for last years sacrifice, in this mock I have them taking the SEC Defensive Player of the year in Josh Allen.

#4 – Oakland Raiders – QUINNEN WILLIAMS (DT) – Alabama

Arguably one of the more surer talents in the draft, Oakland begin their Draft war by starting on defence and picking up DT Williams.

#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DEVIN WHITE (LB) – LSU

After seeing Kwon Alexander head for the exit door, another Louisiana State Linebacker joins the team to help elevate this defence that played under itself last year.

#6 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – JAWAAN TAYLOR (OT) – Florida

Seeing as though the Cardinals made more moves in FA on the defence, I think they’ll use their 1st of 2 1st rounders to patch up the offensive line that gave Rosen absolutely no time at all in 2018.

#7 – *TRADE* – Denver Broncos (from Jaguars) – DREW LOCK (QB) – Missouri

John Elway will get itchy feet as their pick approaches and I can see them giving up 1.10 and 2.09 to move up 3 spots to get another Quarterback.

#8 – Detroit Lions – RASHAAN GARY (DE) – Michigan

Rashaan Gary stays in the state he played for in college. Arguably the rusher in the class with the biggest upside will help cover the void either through injury or otherwise of Ziggy Ansah

#9 – Buffalo Bills – ANDRE DILLARD (OT) – Washington St.

Buffalo still need to repair the holes on the offensive line. Especially more so now that Josh Allen has some people to throw to.

#10 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from Denver) – TJ HOCKENSON (TE) -Iowa

Jacksonville give Nick Foles someone in the mould of Zach Ertz to be a go to guy on the field.

He can also pass block effectively, which will help add to what they tried to implement last year in terms of the running game.

#11 – *TRADE* Miami Dolphins (from Cincinatti Bengals) – DWAYNE HASKINS (QB) – Ohio St.

Bit of a curveball here, with Cincinatti arguably needing a QB trade out of the position and allow Miami to take their quarterback and give up 13, 78 and a 2020 4th Rounder.

#12 – Green Bay Packers – ED OLIVER (DT) – Houston

Green Bay beef up their interior defensive line with the rest of the defence covered by Free agency acquisitions.

#13 – Cincinatti Bengals (from Miami) – JONAH WILLIAMS (G) – Alabama

Zac Taylor will look to tighten up the offensive line to add to the pick of Billy Price last year and fill one of many holes in the roster. Williams can play Tackle or Guard and that versatility is the reason why the Bengals take him.

#14 – Atlanta Falcons – MONTEZ SWEAT (DE) – Mississippi

Atlanta add depth to their roster which was decimated with injury last year. Touted as a top 5 talent before medical history information came to the surface, Atlanta gamble on that not being an issue.

#15 – Washington Redskins – MARQISE BROWN (WR) – Oklahoma

Brown is the first WR off the board and not DK Metcalf. After losing Crowder in FA and only having Doctson, Jordan Reed as their pass catching options, Brown can fill both slot and outside the hash roles.

#16 – Carolina Panthers – CLELIN FERRELL (EDGE) – Clemson

After losing Peppers this offseason, edge rush becomes a top priority and they fill it with the guy from Clemson.

#17 – Arizona Cardinals (from NYG) – DEVIN BUSH (LB) – Michigan

Arizona start to fill out their roster on defence in the draft, getting Bush gives them a good start to that.

#18 – Minnesota Vikings – GARRETT BRADBURY (C) – N.C. State

Minnesota need to protect their $84m guaranteed quarterback. Bradbury can start anywhere on the line and is solid in both run blocking and pass protection.

#19 – Tennessee Titans – NOAH FANT (TE) – Iowa

It doesn’t take too long for the other Iowa Tight End to find a home. Delanie Walker can’t be trusted health wise and Arthur Smith (a former TE coach) goes with a pick on a position he knows very well.

#20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – BYRON MURPHY (CB) – Washington

Arguably the best CB in the class, Murphy bolsters the back end of the Pittsburgh defence after an impressive combine.

#21 – Seattle Seahawks – BRIAN BURNS (EDGE) – Florida St.

Burns brings explosiveness, which is what the Seattle D is all about. Another that had a good combine.

#22 – Baltimore Ravens – DK METCALF (WR) – Mississippi

Baltimore take a flier on a potential big play guy. Yes, this is a run heavy offence in 2019, but that could give Metcalf 1 on 1 looks fairly often. Baltimore aren’t afraid to take WR in the first round with the most recent (failure) being Breshad Perriman

#23 – Houston Texans – GREG LITTLE (T) – Mississippi

Houston could trade back here to accumulate picks, something they’ve not had too many of comparatively to most teams over the last few years. Left Tackle is a gaping hole though and Little plugs in that need.

#24 Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – DEANDRE BAKER (CB) – Georgia

The Raiders use their second pick of the 1st round to help the back end of the defence who can contribute from day 1.

#25 – Philadelphia Eagles – CODY FORD (G) – Oklahoma

Prior to the Jordan Howard trade, everyone thought that this is where Josh Jacobs ended up.

Very surprised if that is the case now and therefore the Eagles turn their attention to offensive line.

#26 – Indianapolis Colts – DEXTER LAWRENCE (DT) – Clemson

Chris Ballard and Frank Reich have turned everything they touch into gold so far and Lawrence can be a powerhouse up the middle.

#27 Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – DALTON RISNER (OT) – Kansas St.

It could be easy to put in N’Keal Harry or a WR here as it’s the pick traded to them for Amari Cooper. I think they’ll address offensive line with this pick seeing as though Kolton Miller has struggle thus far. Risner could potentially play both sides of Center.

#28 *TRADE* Washington Redskins (from LA Chargers) – DANIEL JONES (QB) – Duke

Washington give up pick 46, 96 and a 2020 2nd rounder to the Chargers to take Daniel Jones. Whilst they could try and get Rosen for pick 46 in real life, that wouldn’t be happening here with the Cardinals not going for Murray so Washington try and trade up for a QB.

#29 – Kansas City Chiefs – GREEDY WILLIAMS (CB) – LSU

Kansas immediately get a playmaker on defence for a team that have lost a few pieces in free agency including Eric Berry and Justin Houston. They could trade back and get a few more picks to fill all the holes on defence.

#30 – Green Bay (from New Orleans) – AJ BROWN (WR) – MIssissipi

After Randall Cobb left for Dallas, Green Bay uses it’s extra 1st rounder to replace him. AJ Brown could be a great fit for Aaron Rodgers in the slot.

#31 – Los Angeles Rams – CHRISTIAN WILKINS (DT)

Not too many holes to fill for Los Angeles but the void left from Suh can be filled by Wilkins, who is the type Wade Phillips likes: a guy that can get through the gaps.

#32 – New England Patriots – D’ANDRE WALKER (EDGE) – Georgia

New England could do anything from trade out of the first round to either side of the ball. Jachai Polite was another option, but seeing as though Belichick seems to like Georgia, why fix something that isn’t broken?