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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline mentioned Ohio State LB Chris Worley as a player who performed well on Tuesday's practice ahead of the East-West Shrine Game.

Pauline notes that Worley hasn't made any "standout plays," but has been one of the more consistent performers in the game. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound linebacker received similar reports throughout the season, and Pauline has noted his ability to do the little things. "I’ve been impressed with his run defense as well as his cover skills. I’ve been even more impressed with his discipline and instincts, he writes. "Worley will be a steal in the middle rounds for a team looking for a consistent three-down defender."
Jan 16 - 9:08 PM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Ohio State junior CB Denzel Ward to Bengals defensive back Adam Jones.

The artist formally known as PacMan was considered one of the best cornerback prospects of the 2005 draft when he was taken sixth by the Titans, and while Ward likely won't go that high, he is ranked as one of the best corners in this class. "Ward is one of my favorite prospects," Jeremiah writes. "He's undersized, but he plays bigger than his size and he's extremely explosive. I put a huge grade on Adam Jones (he was known as PacMan back then) and I did the same with Ward. Special player."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 12:53 AM

Buckeyes redshirt junior WR Johnnie Dixon announced on Twitter that he'll return to school for his senior season.

Dixon is the second Buckeyes wideout to announce his return on Thursday, as fellow wide receiver Parris Campbell also announced his return. It's a big boost to the passing game, as the Buckeyes don't have much depth behind the two wideouts. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound wide receiver caught just 18 passes in 2017, but eight of those went for touchdowns.
Jan 11 - 9:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore DT Dre'Mont Jones will return to school for the 2018 season.

Jones (6'3/295) is the second Buckeye to announce on Thursday that he'll be heading back to Columbus, joining WR Parris Campbell who likewise will keep himself out of the draft pool for 2018. For his part, the redshirt sophomore defensive tackle posted 20 tackles (5.0 for loss) and a singular sack in 2017. While the former four-star recruit has athletic upside in spades -- over the summer, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegged him as a potential first-rounder -- his statistical output for the campaign was noticeably down from what he posted in his first active year at OSU. For the 2016 campaign, Jones stepped up to register 51 tackles.
Jan 11 - 7:00 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior WR Parris Campbell will return to school for the 2018 season.

Campbell (6'1/208) likely would have been fighting it out for a Day 2/early Day 3 selection had he declared for the draft. As is, he'll be heading back to Columbus. The redshirt junior posted a 39-573-3 receiving line for the 2017 campaign, his first season as a truly integrated piece in the OSU offense. While those are relatively modest numbers, he also performed well as a kick returner and was aces in terms of his work after the catch. Campbell averaged 13 YAC, good for the best mark in the country per Pro Football Focus. Consistency will be the next step for the athletic wideout -- he was held under 60 yards receiving in 11 of 13 games during the 2017 campaign.
Jan 11 - 6:03 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore OL Kevin Feder will transfer.

Feder (6'9/303) was a four-star recruit coming out of high school as part of the 2015 cycle, but was never able to work his way into the rotational mix in Columbus. Injury played a large part in that -- he was dealing with a foot issue for his first two years in the program. The redshirt sophomore did not see the field during the past campaign. He'll be moving on from OSU as a graduate transfer and will have two years eligibility remaining once he finds his new digs. Minnesota is a program to watch, here. Current Gophs OL coach Ed Warinner helped recruit him to the Buckeyes back when Warinner was with Ohio State and Feder specifically gave him a shout out in his social media post announcing the transfer.
Jan 11 - 5:26 PM

Ohio State freshman DE Chase Young is aiming to make at least 10.5 sacks during the 2018 season.

Playing as a true freshman during the 2017 campaign, former five-star Young put in 18 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. With Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, and Jalyn Holmes all moving on, we'd expect a heartier role for him as a sophomore -- this past year, Young played in 10 games and occasionally found himself out of the defensive line rotation.
Source: The Ozone
Jan 11 - 1:54 PM

There is "a lot of interest around the NFL" for Ohio State DC Greg Schiano possibly joining a staff in the same role, according to Bruce Feldman.

It has been quite an offseason for Schiano, who was locked into the Tennessee head coaching job before having the rug pulled out from under him. Fewer and fewer defensive coordinator positions are open by the day, but Schiano has helped develop many NFL talents on the defensive side of the ball during his time with the Buckeyes.
Jan 11 - 11:35 AM

Ohio State DC Alex Grinch will be paid $800,000 in 2018.

Grinch was just hired away from Washington State. He will be eligible for a raise in 2019 -- his initial deal will run through the 2020 season -- but those numbers are still being worked out. That $800,000 salary for the upcoming season represents a $200,000 raise from what he was earning in Pullman. He did fantastic work with the Cougars over the past three seasons in helping to turnaround a defense-optional squad to the point where that unit was actually more efficient than its offensive counterpart during the 2017 season.
Jan 9 - 4:00 PM

Ohio State has confirmed the hiring of former Washington State DC Alex Grinch.

This one has been in the works since mid-December, but just was made official today, although his role of co-defensive coordinator hasn't been announced yet. Prior to working at Washington State, he spend time coaching defensive backs at Missouri and Wyoming.
Jan 8 - 3:13 PM

Ohio State junior LB Jerome Baker announced his decision to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

"After a considerable amount of time and endless conversations with my loved ones, I have decided to forgo my senior year at Ohio State University to pursue my childhood dream of playing professional football," Baker writes. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Baker wasn't as good in 2017 as he was as a sophomore, but analysts project him as a potential three-down linebacker, and he could go as early as Day 2 in 2018.
Source: The Lantern
Jan 8 - 2:56 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber will return to school for the 2018 season.

Weber (5'10/214) made separate posts to Twitter and Instagram of "One more year" and "One more ride," respectively. It's an interesting draft call, as Weber was somewhat marginalized at times during the 2017 campaign as true freshman J.K. Dobbins emerged as the team's most reliable, explosive back. Dobbins isn't leaving, obviously. For his part, Weber ended the season having rushed for 626 yards (6.2 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. We like those numbers to see a slight bump next year. The team will be better equipped to manage a timeshare with an entire offseason to gameplan it -- Dobbins only truly emerged as an option due to Weber's hamstring injury sustained in August camp -- and Weber will presumably enter the 2018 season a healthy camper.
Jan 7 - 2:50 PM

Ohio State senior S Damon Webb accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Webb (5'11/195) had five interceptions in 2017, the second highest total of any player in the Big Ten. He was ranked fifth on Mel Kiper Jr's list of top safeties entering the season, and hasn't done much to hurt his draft stock with a strong senior campaign. He's currently projected as an early Day 3 selection at this point, but his production is sure to intrigue teams who are looking for help at the safety position.
Jan 6 - 7:27 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior MLB Chris Worley accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

A converted safety, Worley (6'2/230) was a started the last two years for the Buckeyes, and finished with 56 tackles and a sack in 2017. NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the sixth best ILB in the 2018 class, and sees him as a potential 6th-to-7th round selection at this point. If he runs well and is productive in the Shrine Bowl, that stock could move up.
Jan 6 - 6:28 PM

Ohio State freshman QB Tate Martell said that he expects to see the field in 2018 even if it's not at quarterback.

Martell took a redshirt during the 2017 season. He'll be competing with Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow for starting honors this offseason, though Burrow could potentially transfer out in the spring. Should the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Martell -- a five-star recruit in the 2017 class -- not beat out Haskins, who backed up J.T. Barrett this season, though, all is not lost. He said that "regardless I'll be doing something on the field." He's already drawn some comps to former OSU stud athlete Braxton Miller.
Jan 5 - 4:28 PM


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