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Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman "has helped himself in the eyes of scouts in 2014 with his versatility as a blocker in Urban Meyer's offense," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"With Nick Saban's Tide defense looking to limit the big plays, the Buckeyes' tight end should see more targets in the short-to-intermediary passing game," Brugler wrote in an analysis of Heuerman's bowl matchup. "And a productive performance against Alabama could be another reason why Heuerman has a chance to be the first tight end drafted this spring." The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only caught 17 balls for 207 yards and two touchdowns this season, but we think he's not used enough in the Buckeyes' offensive scheme.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 7:32 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman "is a sleeper, as he was underutilized at OSU," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

We completely agree, and see Heuerman as a better NFL receiver than he's shown on the collegiate gridiron for the same reasons. Kiper grades Heuerman as the No. 3 tight end in the class. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only 17 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns this season. Heuerman reminds ESPN's Todd McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Dec 17 - 5:19 PM

Ohio State OC Tom Herman, who is expected to be Houston's next HC, will not join the Cougars until after OSU is finished playing in the CFB Playoff.

Frequently when a coordinator moves on to a head coaching position, he does not stick with the school during bowl activities. Meaningful playoff games change that. Herman has worked with three different quarterbacks tracing back to this summer, each with their own positives and negatives. He will be going up against Nick Saban's athletic and deep defense.
Dec 16 - 9:40 AM

Ohio State senior CB Doran Grant accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder runs a 4.54 forty. Grant should fare well in this setting and also test out well at the combine. Over the summer, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Grant "one of the most dynamic athletes in college football." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Grant will "be a solid nickel back/special teams player on Sundays."
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 15 - 5:55 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only 17 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns this season, but we think he's underutilized in the Buckeyes' offense and will be a better receiver that he's shown in the NFL. Heuerman "could be a top-100 prospect due to his all-around, versatile skill-set," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week. Heuerman reminds ESPN's Todd McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 15 - 5:12 PM

Ohio State OC Tom Herman is "expected" to be Houston's next head coach, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman previously ranked Herman the No. 1 coordinator in line for a head coaching job. Prior to Ohio State, Herman was the OC and QBs coach at Rice and then Iowa State. The 39 year old has a history in the Texas area after spending time as a GA with the Longhorns and coaching at Texas State and Sam Houston State. The Buckeyes face Alabama in the first set of College Football Playoff games.
Dec 15 - 11:15 AM

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home of Ohio State redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett.

According to reports, both Barrett and his ex-girlfriend made 911 calls on Tuesday morning alleging each attacked the other. No charges were filed and no obvious injuries existed. In fact, there is no investigation.
Source: Fox Sports
Dec 11 - 1:15 PM

Three NFL scouts who attended the Big Ten Championship on Saturday all told NFL.com that Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa is the "best combo defensive end in college football."

"The scouts agree that Bosa does everything required of the position equally well -- plays the run and rushes the passer, and there appear to be no concerns about his motor," reports the staff's crew of draft experts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein. "Bosa is an all-out, full-throttle type of player who is always around the action. There's a lot to like. Some have compared him to J.J. Watt, but he is not in the same class as Watt. Then again, who is? Bosa has great pedigree with NFL bloodlines." The 6-foot-5, 278-pounder, named the Big Ten's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, won't be draft eligible until after the 2015 campaign. His dad was a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 6:54 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Bennett started out this season slowly -- collecting only two tackles for loss and one sack through his team's first seven games -- but finished in a flurry, posting 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five. "Part of his struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots, but it also shows his versatility to NFL teams," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 9 - 11:55 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett "has terrific get-off quickness to beat blockers off the ball," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He isn't the biggest or strongest, but 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," Brugler writes. The Buckeyes prospect only produced two tackles for loss and one sack during the first seven games for the Buckeyes, but finished with 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five games. Brugler notes that, part of Bennett's "struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 2:12 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett displayed NFL versatility despite struggling earlier this season, observed CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bennett produced only two tackles for loss and one sack through his team's first seven games, but closed out the season with 9.5 TFL and five sacks in his last five. "He isn't the biggest or strongest, but 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," Brugler wrote. "Part of his struggles earlier in the season are attributed to him playing both the one- and three-technique tackle spots, but it also shows his versatility to NFL teams."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 8 - 8:47 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman "could be a top-100 prospect due to his all-around, versatile skill-set," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The production isn't inspiring with only 17 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, but Heuerman has helped himself in 2014 because of his improvements as a blocker in the Buckeyes' offense," Brugler said. "Lining up in the backfield, inline or out wide, he does a terrific job breaking down and engaging with his target, sustaining his blocks with technique and toughness. Heuerman was always an above average athlete for the position, but he has finally put it all together to best use that fluidity in his routes and after the catch." We don't put much stock in Heuerman's lack of receiving production. For whatever reason, J.T. Barrett rarely looked his way. We expect Heuerman to be deployed more often at the next level. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this season that Heuerman reminds him of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 8 - 8:19 PM

Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith is an "explosive athlete with a 5th gear," according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Devin Smith has great focus tracking/adjusting to the ball. Explosive athlete with a 5th gear. Home run hitter," Weidl tweeted. The Buckeyes prospect caught four passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 59-0 win over Wisconsin. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Smith had touchdown catches of 39, 44, and 42 yards on Saturday. As a Buckeye, Smith has hauled in 118 passes for 2,371 yards and 29 touchdowns in four seasons. He has long speed and the ability to make the acrobatic catch.
Dec 8 - 4:07 PM

Ohio State senior DT Michael Bennett received a grade of +6.5 from Pro Football Focus for his performance against Wisconsin.

Bennett earned a +4.6 grade rushing the passer and +1.7 in run defense. Bennett and Bosa lead Ohio State's defense by creating plenty of disruption upfront. It is difficult to stuff Melvin Gordon III and Wisconsin, but Bennett and company did just that.
Dec 8 - 11:24 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that he doesn't see Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith "going any lower than the second round of the draft."

"Smith (6-foot-1, 199 pounds) is big, fast and physical," Jeremiah wrote. "He has great ball skills to go up and get it. All of those attributes were on display Saturday night." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom wrote last week that J.T. Barrett's lack of arm strength had forced the Buckeyes to underutilize the speedy Smith. We hoped to see Smith become a bigger part of the game plan with Cardale Jones and his howitzer behind center. That's exactly what happened, as Smith had touchdown catches of 39, 44, and 42 yards and finished with 137 receiving yards total. Smith is "a gifted vertical receiver and has a lot of good tools to work with as he prepares to develop his game for the next level," wrote Jeremiah.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 7 - 9:19 PM


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