The man who is perhaps the best player in the 2016 NFL Draft counts a Chiefs icon as a guy he patterns his game after.
That’s right. Ohio State defensive Joey Bosa, who is expected to be a first-round pick in May, said Friday at the NFL Combine that he enjoys watching Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali.
“I like watching Tamba Hali,” Bosa said. “He’s one of coach Johnson’s guys, so when I watch him I pretty much see the prototype coach Johnson, exactly what he coaches. So he’s fun to watch.”
The two were coached by the same man (defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr., the father of former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, Jr.) who coached Hali at Penn State and now holds the same position at Ohio State.
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Bosa, who is 6 feet 6 inches and 275 pounds, said he’s learned a lot by observing the 32-year-old Hali, who ranks 48th all-time in sacks with 86.
“Just watching Tamba, he’s come in and he’s worked with us, and when you watch his hands and the way he pass rushes, it’s exactly what coach Johnson coaches,” Bosa said. “The way he uses his hands, the way he flips his hips, so I just like watching him.”
Bosa, who declared for the NFL Draft after his true junior season, had 26 sacks in 38 career games. He was the Big 10 defensive linemen of the year in 2014 and 2015.
He is listed as the No. 1 overall player in the draft, according to CBS Sports, which means the Chiefs — who pick 28th in the first round — probably won’t have a shot at selecting him, barring unforeseen circumstances.