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An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ohio State DT Michael Bennett is "not as talented as Jurrell Casey. ... not even close to Aaron Donald."

"I thought he disappeared too often in games," the scout said. "Enough athletic ability. Not sure if he's quick enough for a smaller guy to win on a consistent basis. Doesn't always finish plays." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. "His true position is three-technique," another scout said. "Good football player." Interestingly, both of Bennett's parents graduated from West Point.
Mar 1 - 8:07 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman's pro day on March 13 is of critical importance because he wasn't featured in his collegiate offense, notes NFL Media.

"Minnesota's Maxx Williams unquestionably is the top tight end, but no other player at the position truly stood out at the combine," passed along College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Heuerman had mediocre college stats, finishing with just 52 career receptions. But he is a good athlete and should test well. And testing well could mean he becomes a second-day pick as teams search for a tight end." Heuerman, who measured in at the combine at 6-foot-5 1/8, 254 pounds (33 1/4" arms and 10 1/8" hands), only caught 52 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns across his entire four season career at Ohio State.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 7:40 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ohio State WR Devin Smith is "probably not as fast as (Miami's) Mike Wallace."

"A vertical receiver," the scout said. "That's where he's at his best. Hands are average. Route running was average. But a really good stretch-the-field vertical type." Smith collected 121 receptions for 2,503 yards (20.7) and 30 scores across his collegiate career, and averaged a ridiculous 28.2 yards per catch (12 touchdowns) on 33 catches in 2014. He boasts 4.42 speed.
Mar 1 - 4:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that Ohio State WR Devin Smith "didn't measure as big as he plays" at the combine.

Smith checked in at 6-foot and under 200 pounds. "Smith is plenty fast (4.42) and has down-the-field credentials, where he flat dominated at the catch point last season," Kiper wrote. "If you ran a reel for Smith's best catches, you'd assume he was 6-3." Smith was hoping to run the 40 in the 4.3s. He'll get another chance at Ohio State's pro day.
Feb 28 - 7:00 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith's disappointing 40 time on Saturday was a result of a sluggish first 10 yards, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Smith, expected to finish with a time in the 4.3s or even 4.2s, ran forty times of 4.42 and 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I spoke with people from Smith’s camp who told me the problem was all in the initial ten yards," Pauline wrote. "Throughout combine training Smith had been clocking 1.45-seconds in his ten time but yesterday for some reason he ran 1.55’s. The one-tenth difference kept Smith out of the 4.3’s. It’ll be interesting to see what happens during the Buckeyes pro-day." The slower-than-expected time could keep Smith, a burner, out of the first round.
Feb 22 - 8:36 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith ran forty times of 4.42 and 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

We think these disappointing times -- Smith had reportedly run a 4.33 forty in the past, was hoping to clock in the 4.3s, and had "a chance to run in the 4.2 range," according to ESPN's Todd McShay -- might end the receiver's dream of going in Round 1. That said, Smith is still ticketed for no worse than a Round 2 selection. "He tracks the deep ball as well as any college wide receiver I've seen in years," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
Feb 21 - 10:50 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman's Combine measurements are 6'5" and 254 lbs.

Heuerman, who did not participate in the Senior Bowl, also has 33 1/4" arms and 10 1/8" hands. His role diminished a bit in 2014, and as a whole Heuerman caught 52 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 10:59 AM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "needs to be in a system where he plays '3 technique' in a 4-3," said NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"I like Michael Bennett," Mayock said. "(Ohio State coaches) move him a lot. I think his quickness and explosion is what sets him apart. He can get overwhelmed a little bit at the point of attack just because of size, but that's where the movement helps. I would expect he's going to go somewhere in the second round, and I think it's his movement skills and his quickness that separates him." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett had a strong finish to the season after a slow start. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote recently that Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball, using his lateral fluidity and closing burst to be disruptive in the backfield."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 1:15 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has a chance to run in the 4.2 range," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's a track guy, participating in the high jump and 4x100-meter relay for the Buckeyes, and his speed translates well to the football field," McShay wrote. "I think he was a bit overlooked in terms of how important he was to OSU's success this season, as he was the best downfield threat in college football." Smith has run a reported 4.33 forty. He was Ohio's high school long jumping champion and also ran a 10.56 100-meter dash. Smith is a potential Round 1 pick if he singes the track in Indy.
Feb 17 - 9:33 PM

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott will have a second surgery on his left wrist, according to Dave Biddle.

Elliott fractured the wrist during preseason camp and had the first surgery in August. He still played in the first game of the season despite only carrying the ball on his right side. A full recovery did not take place, so that is why a second surgery is necessary.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 17 - 12:56 PM

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller tweeted he has resumed throwing.

Miller would theoretically be eligible to transfer and play in 2015 under the graduate label, but many around OSU say he is returning. Miller is recovering from shoulder surgery, which allowed to door to open for J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Feb 16 - 2:12 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith is a "smooth speed merchant with instant gas off the line," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Electrifying foot quickness," Zierlein wrote. "Game-breaking speed with necessary feel of a downfield receiver. ... Smith isn't just combine-fast, he's game-fast and he would have had more than 12 touchdown catches during the 2014 season if he didn't have to slow down and wait on throws so often." Smith has run a reported 4.33 forty. He was Ohio's high school long jumping champion and also ran a 10.56 100-meter dash. ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have Smith slotted into Round 1 in their mock drafts.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:30 PM

In addition to his 40 speed, Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has the lower body explosion that will test well with the vertical and broad jump tests," noted CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He was the state of Ohio's long jump champ out of high school, also running a 10.56 100-meter dash," Brugler wrote. Smith has the type of wheels that make evaluators salivate. He plays like DeSean Jackson, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay currently have Smith slotted into Round 1 in their mock drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 8:47 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper mocked Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith to the Chiefs at pick No. 18.

"Everybody knows this is an area where the Chiefs need to upgrade," Kiper wrote. "You can say all you want about Alex Smith's ability to deliver the ball down the field, but he's going to be the QB in 2015; the Chiefs know they can win with him, and they need to give him another weapon. Devin Smith is a guy that probably wasn't utilized as much as he would have been in some other offenses, but he was an often dynamic deep threat for the Buckeyes -- a player who has a knack for the big catch, especially when he has to fight for the ball. He's got good speed, he can stretch the field, and he plays bigger than his listed size on contested balls. The Chiefs could go a few ways here if they simply want to add a weapon, but Devin Smith would make sense." The big-play wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, while leading the leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. Smith plays like DeSean Jackson, believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Feb 12 - 12:13 AM

OSU WR Devin Smith is "just unreliable on non-vertical patterns," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Spending a lot of time on WR Devin Smith today. I understand the appeal, but just unreliable on non-vertical patterns. High ceiling role WR," Brugler tweeted. The big-play wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, while leading the leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. While some may question other parts of Smith's game, his deep-threat ability may make up for those weaknesses. Brugler noted in another tweet that if you "need a deep threat he fits," but if you're looking for more from Smith, he "won't fit if you want more."
Feb 9 - 4:07 PM


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