Baltimore Ravens: The Case For Joey Bosa

Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) lines up against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) lines up against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Baltimore Ravens defense has two major needs. The secondary is a mess. The Ravens also don’t have a longterm answer as to where their pass rush is coming from. Terrell Suggs may be returning from his second major leg injury but can the Ravens just assume ge comes back in 2014 like shape? Will the pass rushing combo of Suggs and Elvis Dumervil once again dominate?

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The Ravens drafted a promosing pass rusher in Za’Darius Smith last season. Smith however does not project to be the superstar the team needs. Rather he should follow the Pernell McPhee career trajecotry. The Ravens need the next Suggs. They need the next Dumervil. Patience may not behoove their future.

Joey Bosa could be that next star that the Ravens need. Bosa is a gigantic outside linebacker who is almost built like a defensive end. He is an explosive 6’6″ 276 pound athlete. He has power. He has quickness. He has it all.

Drafting such a talented pass rusher could kill two birds with one stone, or at least bludgen the Ravens second problem. A good pass rush puts less pressure on the defensive backs. Plus with a surplus of men who can win one on one battles with offensive linemen, Dean Pees won’t have to be aggressive to get after the quarterback.

Drafting for the pursuit of the QB doesn’t mean the Ravens cannot focus on the secondary and wide receiver positions later in the draft. Maybe the Ravens can find the next Richard Sherman or Antinio Brown after taking Bosa in the first round.

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In the interest of full disclosure the sixth overall pick, Bosa would not be my first choice. Though the pick would make an awful lot of sense. It would be hard to fault the Ravens for drafting Bosa and prioritizing pass rush.