No. 3: College production:
Players get on the map with college production. Very talented players often fall if their college careers don’t reflect on their talent, while players who aren’t the most athletically gifted can carve out a professional career by playing well throughout college.
In 29 college games, Bosa recorded 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. He recorded 77 tackles and two fumbles of which one was returned for a touchdown.
Bosa enjoyed very consistent production. He played in every season he was in and improved, and would have been on track to shatter his production at EDGE in his sophomore year if he hadn’t gotten injured.
On the downside, that college production was hurt by his lack of time on the field this season, although that itself won’t affect his NFL Draft stock.
Williams played only two seasons, and only one full season as a starter. However he showed incredible growth to be one of the top prospects in the draft.
As a freshman, Williams played in nine games recording 20 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Williams would triple his sack count to eight, his tackles for loss raised to 19.5 and his total tackles went to 71.
Again, Williams constantly fought double teams.
Williams played the least amount of seasons of the three, but was no less impressive for it.
Allen is the only player of the three who played a full four years of college, and he improved every single year he played.
Allen improved or equaled every single important stat for an EDGE/linebacker from tackles (four, to 62, to 66 to 88), to sacks (0.5, to seven, to seven to 17.5) to tackles for loss (1.5, to 8.5, to 10.5 to 21.5).
Allen also was a heat-seeking missile, recording 11 forced fumbles in his college career, while recovering two fumbles himself. He had a very decent eight pass deflections, also.
Allen had an amazing college career and improved undoubtedly every single season he played. He elevated himself to a high first-round pick in the draft based on this growth.
Winner: Josh Allen
This is a clear winner. Bosa and Williams had incredible college careers, but Allen showed just as much growth and did it for longer.
College production doesn’t necessarily mean the best talent overall (that’s the next slide), but teams can rest assured that Allen is a hard-working player who will only continue to improve at the professional level.