Joey Bosa envisioned walking across the stage in a Dallas Cowboys hat during the 2016 NFL Draft. The Chargers had other ideas.
“I thought I was going to be a Cowboy for sure. I was pretty convinced,” Bosa said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “That’s where I wanted to be originally. I thought it was a great fit for me.”
Instead, the then San Diego Chargers selected Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft, one spot before the Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4.
Many believed it was a reach for the Chargers to select the Ohio State product with the third pick. Those feelings have since subsided.
Bosa, who sat out the first four games with a hamstring injury which was likely caused by his lengthy contract holdout, was the recipient of the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year after compiling 10.5 sacks in just 12 games.
Elliott went on to lead the league in rushing in his rookie campaign.
Both teams are completely satisfied with their first-round selections. If they were to do it all over again it would happen the same way. It’s interesting that Bosa confessed that he initially thought he’d wined up in Dallas.
The Chargers defensive end will be in Dallas on Thursday trying to wreak havoc on the Cowboys’ offensive.