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SAN DIEGO (CBSMiami/AP) — Normally you take your talents to South Beach, not leave it. But for local talent Joey Bosa, going third overall in the NFL draft can make any place look good.
In Bosa’s case, he’s moving to San Diego to be a Charger.
The Chargers have needed a force on the defensive line since Jamal Williams left after the 2009 season.
Many people had expected the Chargers to take either a left tackle or to pick Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Bosa’s career at Ohio State ended on a down note when he was ejected in the first quarter in the Fiesta Bowl for targeting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The forceful defensive end was suspended for the season opener, too, for an unspecified violation of athletic department policy.
Bosa, whose father and uncle were each drafted in the first round by the Miami Dolphins in the late 1980s, came from the football factory St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which had the most alumni of any high school on NFL rosters last season. His younger brother, Nick, signed with Ohio State for 2016.
Bosa’s sack total dropped from 13 1-2 as a sophomore to just five as a junior last year, but he pointed to the excess of double-teams he faced.
The Chargers are coming off a 4-12 season in which they went winless in the AFC West. They’re also trying to get a citizens’ initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot to help fund a new stadium.
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