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2020 NFL Draft

Joey Bosa says he's the best player in the NFL Draft, so what happens if he's available at No. 2?

INDIANAPOLIS — Joey Bosa walked into his meeting with the national news media calm, cool, and collected.

The Ohio State defensive lineman — known in part for his long hair and laid back, surfer-dude, electronic dance music-loving persona — walked to the podium and looked out at the sea of cameras in front of him.


Bosa, who is regarded by some analysts as the best overall player at the NFL Combine, said as much during a lighthearted press conference Friday morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I do believe I'm the best player in the draft. There's of course a lot of amazing players in the draft and it's going to be up to Tennessee to make that decision," Bosa said of the Titans, who hold the top overall pick in April's draft. "I think as a top player, if you don't believe that then there's something wrong."

After all, Bosa was a three-time All-American with the Buckeyes, notching 26 sacks and 148 tackles. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was an impact player for Urban Meyer and Ohio State and played a key role in lifting the program to the national championship two seasons ago.

The Browns hold the No. 2 and 32 selections in the draft and coach Hue Jackson on Wednesday said the team will select the best player available at each of those spots regardless of position.

"I think I bring the best pass rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country. I'm obviously coming to whatever team drafts me to help them win and help them eventually make it to a Super Bowl," Bosa said.

Because of that, Bosa said he wants to have an immediate impact for whatever team drafts him, pointing to the suffocating Broncos defense that lifted Denver to a Super Bowl win earlier this month.

"I mean, you watched the Super Bowl, that's the only example I have to give," he said. "The defense won that game 100 percent. Von Miller, he really showed what a pass rush can do for a team."

While Bosa established himself as one of the sport's most-dominant defensive linemen, his production dropped off last year (five sacks compared to 13.5 sacks in 2014) in part because of opponents zoning in on him. "If I'm getting double teamed," he said. "I know someone else is getting there."

Bosa, though, said he doesn't think he has anything to prove at the combine.

"I'm just handling what I can control. I've been training as hard as I can possibly could and I'm just going to try and do as well as I can at every event," said Bosa, who's been pegged by some as a first-rounder since his freshman year with the Buckeyes.

He added: "I really never could have dreamt I could be in this situation of being able to go No. 1 overall. It's kind of mind-blowing."

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