AFC West Q&A: Will rookie Joey Bosa finish with double-digit sacks?

Today's question: Will No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers finish with double-digit sacks in his rookie season?

Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos reporter: A tough player who has consistently disrupted opposing offenses -- so much so he was among the top three players on several teams' boards before the draft -- Joey Bosa did not finish his career at Ohio State with double-take sack numbers. He had 7.5 sacks as a freshman and five as a junior. And while Bosa may have already grown weary of the whole "next J.J. Watt" narrative, it's worth pointing out that Watt has had more sacks -- a lot more -- in four of his five NFL seasons than he had in his final season at Wisconsin, when he had seven. But Watt, having to fight his way in the interior of the line, had five sacks as an NFL rookie as his strength, technique -- particularly with his hands -- and core power caught up to his physical gifts. Bosa will battle powerful, savvy blockers who will often take advantage of mistakes he makes in his footwork or hand placement. He will likely flash the skills that made him such a coveted player, but to cross the 10-sack barrier for a player who will not turn 21 until early July is a lot to ask, especially if he's slugging it out with strong-side guards and tackles.

Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: It's been a while since any rookie had double-digit sacks, so the odds are against him. Pass-rushing skills take time to refine. Rare is the rookie who comes into the league with enough in his pass-rushing repertoire to be a consistent factor and Bosa, who had just five sacks at Ohio State last season, is no exception. Looking at some of the top pass-rushers in the AFC West, only Denver's Von Miller topped 10 sacks as a rookie; he had 11.5 in 2011. But Miller was an unusual case in that he was one of the rare rookies who did enter the league with enough pass-rushing skills to make a consistent impact. Kansas City's Justin Houston had 5.5 sacks as a rookie, Oakland's Khalil Mack four. So Bosa will also take time to get to 10 or more sacks. It won't happen for him as a rookie.

Paul Gutierrez, Oakland Raiders reporter: Depends. Is he a 4-3 base defensive end or an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 defense? It all depends on what scheme the Chargers employ, right? Bosa, following in the footsteps of his father John, a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1987, was one of the more intriguing draft picks this past spring after racking up 26 sacks in three seasons at Ohio State. But after getting 13.5 sacks as a sophomore, he had only five sacks last fall. So, how does that translate to the NFL? Well, after the Chargers drafted Bosa, a Raiders beat writer tweeted that Oakland left tackle Donald Penn, who is sure to face Bosa twice this fall, was "brushing up on his Bosa tape." Penn took the challenge to heart. "He better brush up on my tape," Penn responded in a since-deleted tweet. "I stay ready." If Bosa is to get double-digit sacks, he does not figure to pile them up against Penn. At least not on social media.