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Ohio State junior G Pat Elflein made "rapid improvement" over the course of last season and is now a "blocking-sled guard who makes centered contact and churns those feet while generating push to clear the roadways," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein knows offensive lineman, so draftniks should make a note to check out Eflein's play on the interior this year. "Plays with desired agility for lateral movement and does a very nice job of seeing twists and picking them up," he wrote. "Elflein was outstanding against Oregon's talented defensive front in the national title game. If he can play with a little more consistency against the quicker interior defenders, he should generate his fair share of NFL interest when the time is right." Eflein is a returning first-team all-Big Ten guard who started all 15 games last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 11:37 PM

Ohio State junior S Vonn Bell "was one of the top playmakers in the country at safety" by the end of last year, according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

He started out a bit slow after suffering an MCL injury in the spring. Bell (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) ended up ranking second on the Buckeyes' with 92 tackles last year and he chipped in six interceptions and six pass breakups. Brown says Bell is the No. 2 safety in the land.
Jun 29 - 7:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple is "the clear top corner here now that Doran Grant is gone," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"One of the big changes for Ohio State last year was the improvement of its secondary after the Buckeyes proved to be too big-play prone in 2013," Brown wrote. "Urban Meyer brought in Chris Ash from Arkansas to fix it as co-defensive coordinator, and Ash was granted the services of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple, who had redshirted upon arriving on campus in 2013." The analyst ranks Apple as the No. 11 corner in the land. Apple had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year.
Jun 29 - 1:48 AM

Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker "looks the part with a well-proportioned frame and a confident demeanor on the field," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Decker plays with above-average body control and shows the ability to redirect and recover to catch slashing defenders no matter which direction they are headed," Zierlein wrote. "Decker is a drive blocker who plays with a good base and pad level." Zierlein ranks Decker as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the country. "He played a critical role in helping the Buckeyes establish their dominance on the ground as the season progressed," Zierlein wrote. "My biggest concern with Decker is he needs to bend and anchor better against bull rushers so he can prove he has what it takes to stand his ground."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 12:01 AM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett "looks the part of an NFL tight end with a sturdy frame and long limbs," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks Vannett as the No. 5 tight end in the nation. "My intrigue with Vannett, quite frankly, has more to do with what he could become rather than his expected production in Urban Meyer's offense, where tight end production can be spotty," Zierlein wrote. "Vannett is a reliable redzone target and needs a little more technique work to take a big step forward as a blocker. With Jeff Heuerman gone, Vannett figures to increase his snap count and continue to prove to NFL talent evaluators why he is one of the best combination tight ends coming out of college football." Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, was stamped with a Rds. 3-5 grade by Walter Football.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 9:26 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett's father believes Braxton Miller should enter camp as the starting quarterback.

"Of course I would love to see my kid start, but for me it always goes back to who was first," Joe Barrett, J.T’s father, said. "If Braxton hadn’t gotten hurt, I would still be waiting for my baby to get the chance to play. I was thankful J.T. got that chance … and we were all blessed that he was ready to compete, but like I have told everybody, I don’t want to see my kid take a position because of the misfortune of someone else. In other words, Braxton should get that position back, then everybody else should go try to take it from him." It's a fair and valid opinion, though we don't think the arbitrary designation of who enters camp with the starter's title will have any bearing over who takes the season's first snap. Astute OSU HC Urban Meyer refuses to discuss the signal-calling depth chart, maintaining that this will be a performance-based competition.
Jun 28 - 8:15 PM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett is the best senior tight end prospect in the country, believes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The analyst pointed out that Vannett actually had more catches last year than Jeff Heuerman, a 2015 third-round pick of the Denver Broncos. "The Buckeyes don't need a lot out of this position given how well they run the ball, but Vannett will get his share of targets," Kiper wrote. Walter Football grades Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
Jun 25 - 8:42 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington could be "a difference-making 3-4 end at the next level."

"Shedding one-on-one blocks and exploding into the backfield throughout the Big Ten season will show scouts he's ready to take the next step, no matter where they want him to line up," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington runs a 4.88 forty and gets off the ball quickly. A former five-star recruit, Washington had four sacks in Ohio State's spring game.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:32 PM

Due to his strength and long frame, Ohio State senior OLB Josh Perry has "an NFL future as a 3-4 pass rusher," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder led the Buckeyes with 124 tackles and chipped in 3 sacks and 8.5 TFL last year. That performance earned Perry honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. "Showing scouts those pass-rush skills this fall, to go along with his ability to hold the edge against the run and chase down plays from behind, will only help his draft stock," Reuter wrote. Perry runs a 4.73 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 5:51 PM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett will "become a favorite target for whichever of Urban Meyer's three talented quarterbacks is running the offense in 2015," predicts NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Vannett is taking over the lead tight end spot in the Buckeyes' attack for Jeff Heuerman, who was a 2015 third-round pick of the Denver Broncos. "He has NFL size (6-6, 260) and hands, and enough speed to do more than just move the chains if left unchecked," Reuter wrote. "He even has the agility and willingness as a blocker to handle H-back duties." Walter Football grades Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 5:53 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones "has great physical tools, but he won't be in the first-round mix unless he can win a starting job in Columbus."

"It's a small sample size -- but what a remarkable one it is," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones threw for 742 yards and five scores last year in three games: The Big Ten championship versus Wisconsin, a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, and a national title victory over Oregon. The analyst ranks Jones as the No. 3 underclassmen quarterback in the nation.
Jun 23 - 10:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott as the No. 1 College Football running backs to watch in 2015.

"Elliott has the prototype build and combines burst with an urgent running style. Elliott's playing style should translate quickly to the NFL, but he could stand to improve his vision as a runner this season," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott was impressive at the end of the season averaging over 230 rushing yards per game over the last three games for Ohio state. There is no reason that Elliot shouldn't start where he left off from last season, which could set him nicely for a Heisman run.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 2:05 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman spoke with one anonymous Big Ten OL coach who extensively praised Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa.

It is well deserved. ""He's as good as advertised as you see on film," one Big Ten O-line coach told Feldman. "He's very explosive. He's physical at the point of attack in the run game, and he's a very skilled pass rusher." If the public was forced to pick only one player from the 2016 class who will contribute at a high level in the NFL, we suspect Bosa would receive the majority of votes.
Source: Fox Sports
Jun 23 - 1:40 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones "has the size and arm that screams 'next level,' and despite the small sample size, one would have to think that his poise is an asset that should do nothing but grow with experience," notes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks Jones as the fifth-best signal caller in the land (and J.T. Barrett No. 6, it's worth noting). "Jones is being ranked based on just three starts last season, but can you blame me considering how he performed on such a big, bright stage?" he wrote. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones threw for 742 yards and five scores in the conference championship and two playoff games as the Buckeyes won the national title last year. "Jones' biggest concern might be finding reps at a very talented and crowded position for the Buckeyes," Zierlein wrote. "We all know that Jones can air it out and hit the big vertical throw, but he must improve on managing the intermediate passing attack."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 12:32 AM

Ohio State senior OLB Josh Perry is "a reliable, somewhat underrated playmaker on a star-studded defense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Perry goes largely unnoticed in the shadows of ballyhooed running mates Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, but the NFL is plenty aware of him. Brown ranks him as the No. 13 LB in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder led the Buckeyes with 124 tackles and chipped in 8.5 TFL last year.
Jun 22 - 11:53 PM


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