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OSU WR Devin Smith "proved that he could be as effective on shorter passes by breaking off his routes quickly on digs and comebacks [at Senior Bowl] practice," noted The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Smith also demonstrated his passion for the game by delivering a massive hit on kickoff coverage on Saturday," Rybaltowski wrote. It was vitally important for Smith to prove that he wasn't a one-trick pony last week, and he did so. Some analysts rate Smith as a first-rounder. He posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Jan 26 - 10:23 PM

An NFL exec said Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott is "a (expletive) bowling ball."

"He breaks people," the exec said. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott ran for an insane 1,238 yards from the start of November on, leading Ohio State to the title. On the season, the stud true sophomore had 1,878 rushing yards and 18 scores. He could enter next season as the 2016 draft's best RB prospect. NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Elliott's running style to Fred Taylor.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 24 - 7:53 PM

During a celebration at Ohio Stadium to celebrate Ohio State’s title, OSU senior QB Braxton Miller said "we've got another year to do it," which some are taking as an indication he will return to campus this fall.

"Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller told fans. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks." Miller enrolled for the spring semester at OSU, another indication that he seems to be leaning towards returning to Columbus. Miller won't participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury. When he returns -- if he returns -- the preseason battle between Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting gig will be perhaps the most epic in the history of college football. It's important to note that Miller could transfer and play immediately in 2015 as a graduate transfer. This story isn't over yet.
Jan 24 - 5:29 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Cardale Jones could have been drafted as high as the top 10-15 if he'd opted early into the draft, an NFL team executive told Fox Sports.

"Maybe he would have gone in the second round," the executive told foxsports.com, "but I think it's just as likely (he) could have gone in the top 10 or 15. Look at that body, that arm -- and look at his competition (in the draft)." A different source told Fox that Jones can develop more effectively in college this coming season. "In a way I'm glad he (returned). He needs reps, even spring reps. He needs time," the source said. "The problem with the NFL is it would take a unique situation for a team to draft him and not feel the pressure to play him next year, probably before he's ready." Jones himself told Sports Illustrated that he had an opportunity "to be picked in the second or third round of the 2015 draft," while two NFL sources speaking with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd said his draft ceiling would have been Round 4 had he entered. We think the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones probably would have ended up going on Day 2.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 24 - 3:38 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranks OSU WR Devin Smith as the No. 23 overall prospect int eh 2015 class.

This is one spot above fellow receiver Devin Funchess. We think Smith is much more role and scheme reliant than Jeremiah appears to. Some team might draft him appropriately as just a vertical threat who can win in contested situations. Others might select him as a No. 2 receiver who is asked to win at multiple levels. We think, right now, the former is his real value.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 9:52 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "reminds me of the Ravens' Torrey Smith for his abilities as a deep threat, only he has better ball skills."

"He's at his best on fades, deep posts and post corners," McShay wrote. "He possesses excellent body control and also does a great job tracking the ball vertically. I think Smith is a top-40 pick in this year's draft. I would like to see some improvement from him as an intermediate route runner." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper mocked Smith to the Seahawks at pick No. 32. We love Smith's deep ball ability, but question the optimism, as Smith didn't show much on non-schoolyard routes. He posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Jan 21 - 12:21 AM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "has been very inconsistent on non-vertical routes and needs to prove himself as more than just a downfield target," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The analyst calls Smith a "nine route monster" and "one of the best deep threats in college football." But he, as do we, has questions about other aspects of Smith's game. On the other side of this debate are ESPN's duo of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, both of whom rank Smith as a first-rounder. We'll have clarity soon. Smith posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 10:30 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay compares Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith to Ravens' WR Torrey Smith.

"Devin Smith is the best vertical route-runner in college football, as he does an excellent job of tracking the ball and using his body to establish positioning," McShay wrote. "He was at his best with Cardale Jones at QB because Jones had the arm to maximize Smith's vertical ability. While he's undoubtedly a home-run hitter, Smith needs to improve as a short and intermediate route-runner." ESPN's duo of McShay and Mel Kiper is higher on Smith than we are, but we're certainly eager to get a look at the deep threat at this week's Senior Bowl.
Jan 19 - 12:24 AM

Two NFL sources speaking with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd said Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Cardale Jones' draft ceiling would have been Round 4 had he entered.

"Developmental project," one source said. "Should go back and clean up all the details so OSU coaches can advocate his maturity and leadership." We aren't so sure Jones wouldn't have gone higher. Jones himself told Sports Illustrated that he had an opportunity "to be picked in the second or third round of the 2015 draft," an assessment that seems more plausible, given the dearth of QB talent available in this draft. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang follows this line of thinking, saying Jones could have been a top-four QB taken as high as Round 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 4:34 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Cardale Jones told Sports Illustrated that he had an opportunity "to be picked in the second or third round of the 2015 draft."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones announced he would return to school on Thursday. Had he entered the draft, Jones would have gone head-to-head with Brett Hundley to become the class' No. 3 QB. Rotoworld would have sided with Jones. "The NFL has always been my goal and dream," Jones said. "It’s literally right there in front of me, but I also have a goal to graduate. I dedicated to myself and teammates and coaching staff to be the best student-athlete I can be and to graduate." Jones has been given no assurances that he'll start in 2015, but he'll be the starter in spring practices because both J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller are rehabbing injuries. "It’s simple," Jones said of the three-way battle. "The best guy is going to play. Whoever works the hardest and gains the trust will lead the team. They’re going to play whoever they feel gives the team the best chance to win."
Jan 15 - 4:55 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Cardale Jones announced that he will return to campus in 2015.

Jones made a couple interesting comments at his press conference, telling reporters that HC Urban Meyer had given him no assurances that he would be the starter in 2015, and labeling his odds of going in Round 1 as "slim," a refreshingly realistic assessment of one's own standing. Had he declared for the draft, Rotoworld's Josh Norris would have ranked Jones as the class' No. 3 QB over UCLA's Brett Hundley and Baylor's Bryce Petty. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, who combines a gigantic frame with a big arm, good feet, and a willingness to drop his shoulder as a runner, shares attributes with signal-callers from Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell to Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger. He probably would have been a middle-rounder had he declared. A huge 2015 could get him into the top-10, however. The Buckeyes now return the most loaded three-deep QB depth chart in the history of college sport, with Jones set to fight J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller for starting honors.
Jan 15 - 4:27 PM

On his personal Twitter account, Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Cardale Jones said that he will announce a "life-changing decision" Thursday afternoon.

Jones has reportedly been torn over the past few days over whether or not he should enter the NFL Draft. The quarterback met with HC Urban Meyer on Wednesday. Reports state that he planned to ask whether he would be the starter in 2015. If he was told 'no,' according to those reports, Jones will likely enter the draft. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder completed 46-of-75 passes for 742 yards and a 5/2 TD/INT rate in three college starts. ESPN's Todd McShay compares Jones to "an extremely raw version of Ben Roethlisberger"
Jan 15 - 4:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Ohio State redshirt sophomore WR Michael Thomas is "a much better NFL prospect" than teammate WR Devin Smith.

"OhioState WR Michael Thomas is a much better NFL prospect than WR Devin Smith in my opinion. He's draft-eligible too," Brugler tweeted. Keyshawn Johnson's nephew was Ohio State's leading receiver with 54 catches for 799 yards, and nine touchdowns this season. Brugler mentioned back in November, that Thomas was a "star in the making."
Jan 15 - 2:05 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper mocked Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith to the Seahawks at pick No. 32.

We are shocked to see Smith projected this high. He really is a one trick receiver, and while that area he wins is vertically down the field, Smith cannot be relied on to do anything else at this time. Still, Smith will be at the Senior Bowl and could improve his evaluation.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 11:41 AM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott showed off "a unique blend of burst and power to drive through would-be tacklers" in the championship game, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Elliott earned offensive MVP honors by scampering for 246 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries against the Ducks. On the season, the stud true sophomore finished with 1,878 rushing yards and 18 scores. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott ran for an insane 1,238 yards from the start of November on, leading Ohio State to the title. He could enter next season as the 2016 draft's best RB prospect. NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Elliott's running style to Fred Taylor.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 14 - 7:33 PM


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