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Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan had dinner with the New York Jets and their defensive coordinator on Wednesday night.

Hat tip to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. In addition to the Jets, McMillan also caught up with the Saints, interviewing with their staff on Thursday. While the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder is probably going to be on the outside looking in when it comes to a Day 1 selection, a Round 2 pick is well within the field of play.
Mar 24 - 5:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Ohio State sources think RB/WR Curtis Samuel will be a Darren Sproles-type player in the NFL.

In other words, a multi-dimensional weapon that can line up in the backfield, shift into the slot when needed and be a dynamite return specialist. At his pro day event earlier this week, Samuel "looked outstanding in position drills," per Pauline. He went through receiver and running back drills and also fielded punts. Samuel, who turned in a 4.31s forty at the NFL Combine, is a Day 2 prospect.
Mar 24 - 2:11 PM

Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan met with the Saints staff on Thursday, according to Tony Pauline.

The Saints have invested in the linebacker position this offseason with the additions of A.J. Klein and Manti Te'o. McMillan might fit along the same lines and might be a long-term answer in the late first or second round.
Mar 24 - 9:21 AM

Ohio State S Malik Hooker (labrum, hernia) began jogging last week.

Hooker did not participate in OSU's pro day on Thursday, but indicated that he is "on schedule" in his recovery from the labrum and hernia surgery he underwent during the winter. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder expects to be healthy come training camp this summer. In a poll of five NFL executives by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah, Hooker received two votes as the best defensive back in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 9:16 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Ohio State CB Gareon Conley to Denver Broncos CB Bradley Roby.

"Like his fellow Ohio State alum, Conley needs to get better as a tackler," notes the PFF analysis team. They add that "Roby has flashed coverage skills, too, and Conley can at least match that in the NFL." While the outlet views teammate Marshon Lattimore as the more complete cornerback, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline saw stretches of film in which Conley played better this past season. He relayed near the beginning of March that "several people [he] spoke with" like Conley's pro potential more than that of Eli Apple, who was selected at No. 10 by the Giants in last year's draft.
Mar 16 - 5:11 PM

Ohio State ILB Raekwon McMillan is scheduled to meet with at least 11 teams.

McMillan's dance card includes visits with the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. Pro Football Focus compares the 6-foot-2, 240-pound McMillan to Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley. McMillan looks like a top-50 lock.
Source: Draftwire
Mar 13 - 5:48 PM

Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan is an "excellent leader" and "everybody listens to this guy," according to one anonymous NFL scout.

McMillan tested in the 50th percentile, so he is the definition of an average athlete. Another scout was not as excited for McMillan's projection, but opinions will likely be split on the second day linebacker.
Mar 13 - 10:05 AM

Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett said that freshman QB Tate Martell is "starting to adjust to [the speed of collegiate practice]."

"Because when you come in and you come in from high school, [Martell] was the big fish in a small pond and now he's a guppy in a big pond," Barrett said. "With that adjustment to [the more advanced level], I think he's going to be all right." There was actually a little kerfuffle between the the two gunslingers in the media, with Barrett joking with reporters that "I wish you could ask him how his first two days went. It's not Bishop Gorman." Martell responded with a quip on Twitter about the media not being able to see the whole practice, then later deleted that tweet. Barrett later clarified that he was just jesting and that he has been passing on his veteran knowledge to the youngster. Martell was a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 10 - 4:42 PM

Ohio State OC Kevin Wilson addressed the end of his tenure at Indiana for the first time since the Buckeyes hired him.

Wilson stepped aside as Indiana's head coach in December, citing philosophical differences. He came under fire for allegations of player mistreatment when it came to injuries, a charge that he steadfastly denies. Said Wilson, "Anyone can have an opinion, but I know the department over there looked into everything, I know this school has looked into everything and I know we're very, very comfortable with what we're doing, where we're at and we're excited to move forward." Now at Ohio State, Wilson will try to help right an offense which went dead at times last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 10 - 2:34 PM

Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel received Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb comparisons from NFL scouts.

"Unique player," one said. "Physically tough. Playmaking ability." Samuel worked out with receivers at the NFL Combine, but spent most of his time in the backfield at Ohio State. One of his best traits is exiting the huddle in 11 personnel (one tight end, one running back) and motioning out to empty, producing favorable matchups. Samuel tested in the 64th percentile and will be just 21 years old in the NFL. He will be a second day selection.
Mar 10 - 9:33 AM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Jaelen Gill.

Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC had all received unofficial visits from Gill this offseason, with HC Urban Meyer ultimately sealing the deal. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder as their No. 39 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle while Scout.com refers to him as "smooth [and] elusive." The outlet notes that the baby Buckeye "shows good acceleration."
Source: Scout.com
Mar 9 - 3:40 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman G Tyler Gerald will transfer.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder didn't explain his decision. According to the Columbus Dispatch, "[s]everal sources said Gerald quit taking part in the off-season conditioning program a couple of weeks ago." Gerald redshirted this past season.
Mar 8 - 1:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore "overrated" and a "risky pick."

"He’s a superior athlete to [Buckeyes CB Gareon] Conley but comes with a thin body of work, a long injury history and, in my opinion, lacks the refined ball skills of his teammate," Pauline writes. Speaking to that injury point, the 6-foot, 193-pound Lattimore was not able to finish testing work at the Combine due to a hip flexor. Prior to going out injured, he had recorded -- to Pauline's athleticism point -- a stellar 40-yard dash of 4.36 seconds and a 38.5-inch vertical leap. Ohio State will hold its pro day on March 23, should Lattimore desire to give the NFL a more complete workout.
Mar 7 - 8:33 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior WR James Clark will transfer as a graduate.

The Buckeyes had high hopes for Clark last spring, but he went on to produce only six catches for 47 yards in 2016. There's potential here, though, and it's going to make Clark a popular man on the transfer circuit. A former four-star recruit, Clark is a collegiate sprinter who is one of college football's fastest players. Following his departure, Ohio State doesn't have a senior scholarship WR on the roster. In addition to losing Clark, the team previously lost Corey Smith, Noah Brown, Dontre Wilson and Curtis Samuel.
Mar 7 - 3:06 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley is "going to be the steal of the cornerback position," promises Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"His film was better than teammate Marshon Lattimore’s during stretches last season, and several people I spoke with this afternoon feel he’s a better player than Eli Apple, the 10th pick of last year’s draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot, 195-pound Conley produced great tape for scouts last season, posting eight passes defended and four interceptions. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for his trouble.
Mar 7 - 1:37 PM


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