SAN DIEGO -- A South Florida native, Joey Bosa is pleased he’ll continue to live near the water, fulfilling a lifelong dream in being drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft.
“I’m pretty pumped to be in San Diego so I can continue going to the beach,” Bosa said Thursday. “I get to continue to be in beautiful weather, maybe get a boat.”
Bosa says when he’s not hanging out with family and friends, he’s all football -- one of many things that attracted the Chargers to the Ohio State product.
“I think I am laid back,” Bosa said. “I think it’s something that helps me. And now I get to go out to San Diego, probably the most laid-back place in the country. So I’m a chill guy, and I think I play better when I’m relaxed and out there having fun.
“There’s no switch I have to turn on. I don’t have to become this person I’m not. When I’m out on the field, I’m a football player. That’s who I am, and I go out there every day and play football.”
Yeah, Bosa has a little Jeff Spicoli to him. But on the football field, he’s all business.
Bosa helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas High in Florida to two state titles and was a part of a national championship at Ohio State. Bosa said he’d like to bring that same winning attitude to San Diego.
“I’ve been in winning programs, and that’s what I want to do,” Bosa said. “I’ve had that taste in my mouth of winning a championship, and not many people have that. And I think that’s something unique I bring to this team, and I’m going to bring these guys with me.”
At 6-foot-5 and 269 pounds, Bosa played base defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, so figuring out how he fits in San Diego’s 3-4 defensive front will take some work for Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano.
“We see him as a five-technique in our base defense,” Pagano told The Mighty 1090 AM radio. “He’s a defensive end in our sub defense. Everybody wants to rate everything off of base defense these days, and the last two or three years we’ve been in sub defense, which would be a nickel or a dime defense -- a four-down look. I think our numbers were at 70 percent.”
Bosa said he’ll be fine in whatever scheme the Chargers use in 2016.
“I think I can fit wherever they want me,” Bosa said. “I can play linebacker -- 4-3 or 3-4 -- they’re actually very similar. You’re in base 70 percent of the time, so it really doesn’t make much of a difference. My versatility is something I think this team liked, so they’re going to put me where they see fit, and they’re going to find the best spot for me to help the team win.”
Bosa said he has never been to San Diego but has visited San Francisco a couple of times -- the only time he has been to California. Bosa was also handed a bolo tie right after he was drafted, a signature Philip Rivers accessory.
“Someone threw it on me and said, ‘Welcome to San Diego,’” Bosa said. “So I haven’t taken it off. It’s a decent look -- kind of funky with the red tie under it.”
Told that the bolo tie was in honor of Rivers, Bosa seemed even more impressed with his new gift.
“Philip Rivers? OK, classy look,” Bosa said.