Everyone loves Joey Bosa these days.
There was a reason why the Los Angeles Chargers selected Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
And once Bosa got on the field, he showed everyone that reason.
Bosa had a strong first season with the Chargers, racking up 29 solo tackles and 10.5 sacks during his rookie season.
Of course, those numbers allowed Bosa to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year honors back in February.
And to no one’s surprise, it also earned him recent honors from Pro Football Focus, as Bosa rated as the most dominant pass rusher in the 2016 draft class.
His 29 tackles led the way among rookie edge defenders, with Cleveland’s Emmanuel Ogbah (25 tackles) and Chicago’s Leonard Floyd (19 tackles) rounding out the top three.
Bosa was also the highest-ranked rookie in PFF’s Top 50 players list.
Considering that he didn’t play in his first NFL game until an October road trip to Oakland, his numbers are pretty outstanding for someone that’s only played 12 career games at this point.
He showed continual improvement throughout the season and hit a career-high in tackles with seven against Houston in late November.
However, it’s highly unlikely that career-high will hold up entering his second season. With a year of experience under his belt, Bosa will be even better, and his numbers should take a big step forward.
With contract issues a thing of the past, Charger fans should be salivating over the thought of what Bosa will be able to do during a full 16-game slate.