Dallas Cowboys- DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State)
The 4th pick in the first round will likely be one of the more talked about on Thursday night since the Cowboys are on the clock. Dallas has holes they need to fill coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign where franchise quarterback Tony Romo missed a majority of the year with collarbone injuries. I believe Cal quarterback Jared Goff will be on the board when Dallas picks at 4. However, I still think Jerry Jones is of the opinion Romo still has 3 to 4 good years remaining and will not go quarterback that early. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot has already said he would love to play behind the Cowboys offensive line. While Zeke could run wild behind the line Dallas has I think his college teammate, Joey Bosa, will be the selection at pick 4. Bosa plays 4-3 defensive end which fits an obvious need for Dallas. Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey will not be returning for 2016 pair that with the fact second year end Randy Gregory is suspended the first four games. Bosa would be penciled in as the starter day one opposite Demarcus Lawrence entering his third season. Similar to Buckner, Bosa has an NFL ready body and managed to bench 28 reps of 225 pounds at his Ohio State pro day in early March. Scouts compliment Bosa for his great hand work in pass rushing and his ability to generate pressure from bull rushing linemen. On the down side Bosa is not considered to be an elite athlete and may struggle at the next level to create consistent pressure lacking speed off the edge. Teams focused greater attention on Bosa in 2015 which reduced his sack total to 5 from 13.5 in 2014. All that being said Dallas has struggled to find pass rush from their front four in recent years which is part of the reason why Hardy was brought in. The Cowboys were 25th in the league last season with only 31 sacks as a defensive unit. Jerry Jones and company hope Bosa can fill the 4-3 defensive end hole they currently have.