After months of mock draft, rumors, and speculation of where he may go, defensive end Joey Bosa was pretty confident he wasn’t going to the San Diego Chargers, who had the 3rd overall pick in the NFL Draft. So you could imagine his surprise on Thursday night when the phone started ringing with the Chargers on the clock.
“It was really shocking,” Bosa told The Jim Rome Show. “When you’re hearing it for months on end, it kind of gets in your head. So I was starting to believe all the talk.
“All the cameras were on [Laremy] Tunsil. Nobody was even paying attention to me at the moment, my phone was face down on the table, my agent goes, ‘Pick that phone up Joey.’ I was like alright, and I mean, when I got that call, it was relief and it was pure excitement.”
The Ohio State product said it was all part of San Diego’s plan to keep him in suspense.
“I really didn’t hear any talk whatsoever I was going to the Chargers, I hadn’t heard from them in a while,” Bosa said. “That was their plan the whole time. That’s what they told me. They didn’t really want anyone to get interest in me and try to trade up, so they just kind of kept it quiet, but they knew as soon as Philadelphia traded to that number two spot I was their guy.”
Bosa couldn’t help but laugh when he heard that an unnamed scout said his former Ohio State teammate, cornerback Eli Apple, couldn’t cook, but the two-time All American wouldn’t confirm or deny allegation.
“I honestly don’t know,” Bosa said on whether or not Apple can cook. “We love to give Eli a hard time, so we were all on the bus when we heard it in Chicago. We were just messing with him, but it just goes to show how crazy this process is. It’s everything you do is evaluated. You’re under a microscope every move you make. It’s crazy, and it was a long process.”
Bosa’s conveyed somewhat of a “laid back” demeanor to many of the NFL scouts and teams he met with, something he’s not ashamed of.
“I get it a lot. I don’t know it’s who I am. If you want me to be someone I’m not, I can’t do that for you,” Bosa said. “If you watch my film, you watch my tape, you watch how I play, it’s not really laid back. Personally I’d want a guy on my team that’s a laid back relaxed guy other than someone who can’t turn off the switch from being an animal on the field and then he still has that aggression and trying to fight and doing all this stuff outside of football. So personally, that’s my personality.”