It was bound to happen. After the season he had I think we all saw it coming, but now it’s official. The 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Joey Bosa, has been named as the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa. #NFLHonors pic.twitter.com/13hl7AxLhO— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 5, 2017
The moment Bosa stepped foot on the field he changed everything for the Chargers. He started his career off with a two-sack performance against the Oakland Raiders and never looked back. Throughout the season the former Ohio State star terrorized opposing offensive linemen, making his home in the oppositions backfield and accumulating 10.5 sacks, 17 TFL’s (tied league high), 21 qb pressures, and 1 forced fumble. He was simply unstoppable.
Bosa won this award as the best defensive player a very talented rookie class. Some of the players he beat out for the reward are Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones, and Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd. Jalen Ramsey held his own for the Jaguars, routinely following the opponent’s number one receiver. He managed to snag two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. The Falcons duo of Neal and Jones helped them reach the Super Bowl with their knack for creating turnovers, while the Bears rookie Floyd emerged as a pass rushing force.
Every one of these rookies played exceptionally well in their first season, but only one can win DROY. Joey Bosa is already one of the most dominant players at his position, and the rest of the league has taken notice. So congratulations Joey Bosa, the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year!