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Ohio State draft prospect Joey Bosa has a message for Jerry Jones

Joey Bosa on playing for the Cowboys

The Cowboys could make the Ohio State DE the fourth overall pick.
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The Cowboys could make the Ohio State DE the fourth overall pick.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa called himself a "great fit" for the Dallas Cowboys.

Bosa is certainly in consideration as the Cowboys have the fourth overall pick in this year's draft.

As it's been noted all off-season, the Cowboys must improve their pass rush and Bosa is widely regarded as the top pass rush prospect in this draft class.

"It would be a great place to end up," Bosa said Wednesday from the draft in Chicago. "I feel like I’d fit really well. They’re missing two guys for four games, maybe more, I’m not exactly sure. I feel like that would be a great fit for me.”

As Bosa alluded to, the Cowboys are expected to start the season without DeMarcus Lawrence, who led the team in sacks a year ago, and Randy Gregory. Each are facing four-game suspensions for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Before those suspensions, though, pass rush remained a top priority for a second consecutive off-season. The Cowboys only had 31 sacks a season ago, and 28 in 2014.

Bosa has shown an ability to get to the quarterback, compiling 26 sacks on a three-year career at Ohio State.

Bosa was suspended a game for violating team rules, but owner Jerry Jones said Monday that the Cowboys have no character concerns about Bosa.

Bosa said "it means a lot" that Jones and the Cowboys publicly made that statement.

"It's nice because there are so many rumors and so much nonsense out in the media that you don’t even know where it comes from," he said. "You just hear this stuff and you’re like what are these people talking about. To actually get to talk to people and people get to know you and actually learn about you and who you are and learn about your character instead of just reading something on Twitter.

"It's really nice to get to go sell yourself to these teams. Yeah, it means a lot that he said that.”

Bosa also talked about meeting with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli throughout the draft process, and loves the old school approach he has to the game.

“I love him. We worked out together, which was great," Bosa said. "He loved what he saw. Then we probably spent two or more hours sitting in his D-line room just talking football, watching some old film of all the guys he coached at Tampa and Chicago.

"I like him a lot.”

We'll find out Thursday night just how much the Cowboys like Bosa.

The Cowboys could make the Ohio State DE the fourth overall pick.

Drew Davison contributed to this report

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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