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Lions signed Ohio State OT Chase Farris.

Farris (6'4/295) switched from defensive line to offensive line two years ago and took over as the Buckeyes' starting right tackle as a senior. Farris is just an average athlete with 5.17 speed and an 8-foot-6 broad jump, and his limitations showed up too frequently in pass protection at Ohio State. His strength was run blocking. Severely undersized for tackle and not meaty enough for an NFL guard, Farris needs time in the weight room and lots of technical work to become a serious competitor for playing time.
May 2 - 6:02 PM

Jets signed Ohio State WR Jalin Marshall.

Marshall (5'11/200) turned pro after his redshirt sophomore season, posting a two-year receiving line of 74/976/11 (13.2 YPR) with 27/175/1 (6.48 YPC) rushing. Although Marshall's forty time disappointed (4.60) in Indy, he did show some explosion with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Marshall was a terrific college punt returner, returning 35 percent of fielded punts for 15-plus yards. A developmental former high school quarterback, Marshall's NFL ticket is on returns.
May 1 - 1:31 AM

Bills selected Ohio State QB Cardale Jones with the No. 139 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Jones (6'5/253) played in 23 games at Ohio State, going 11-0 as a starter and finishing his career with a 61.9% completion rate, 8.60 YPA, and 15:7 TD-to-INT ratio. After a dominant 2014 playoff run, Jones returned to school to share time with J.T. Barrett. Although Jones was never a full-time college starter, he has a chance to become a better NFL player with a Culpepperian blend of size, athleticism, and arm strength. His deficiencies show up through inexperience-based fundamental flaws after attempting just 270 college passes. Jones' ceiling is high, but he could also flame out quickly. He's a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 30 - 2:14 PM

Chargers selected Ohio State ILB Josh Perry with the No. 102 pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Perry (6'4/254) made 39 starts for the Buckeyes, tallying 18 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks and earning first-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches as a senior. Perry showed plus athleticism in Indy, running 4.68 with a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He was a downhill stuffer in college who struggled at times shedding blocks and holding up in coverage. Perry missed just nine tackles over the last two years and should lean on his tackling efficiency when making a case for a special teams or rotational role on defense.
Apr 30 - 12:26 PM

Seahawks selected Ohio State TE Nick Vannett with the No. 94 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Vannett (6'6/257) made 15 starts for the Buckeyes, succeeding Jeff Heuerman in the starting lineup as a senior and posting a 19-162-0 receiving line. His pre-draft workouts weren't any more impressive, running 4.89 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Vannett has long arms (34 1/4") and was a solid college blocker, but he'll struggle to make a passing-game impact as more than a short-area dump-off target. He gives the Seahawks some insurance at tight end with Jimmy Graham still recovering from a torn patellar tendon.
Apr 29 - 11:11 PM

Texans selected Ohio State WR Braxton Miller with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Miller (6'1/201) spent five years at Ohio State, the first three at quarterback, the fourth as an injury redshirt recovering from shoulder surgery, and the fifth at receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards (13.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. An explosive athlete, Miller ran 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and elite agility scores. Miller generated a ton of buzz early in the pre-draft process, but he's a project still learning a new position. Once he grasps wideout, Miller will offer big-play ability and YAC potential in the slot. We're just not convinced he'll be able to contribute right away.
Apr 29 - 10:59 PM

Bills selected Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington with the No. 80 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Washington (6'3/301) made 31 college starts, recording 25 career tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was voted second-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Washington tested like a plodding offensive guard at the Combine, running 5.17 with an 8-foot-3 broad jump. Although Washington has plus length (34 1/2-inch arms) and was a solid college player, he lacks both the power of a nose tackle and the pass-rush ability of a three technique. He's a bit of a 'tweener as it pertains to the NFL.
Apr 29 - 10:30 PM

Saints selected Ohio State S Vonn Bell with the No. 61 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bell (5'11/199) was a 28-game starter in the Buckeyes' secondary, logging nine career INTs and two forced fumbles, and earning first-team All-American accolades in 2015. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has praised Bell's "range and ball skills." Bell's shortcomings are his size and run defense; he's at his best roaming deep and covering inside receivers one on one. Bell is also an ordinary athlete with 4.51 speed and a 30 1/2-inch vertical, limitations that dampen his ceiling.
Apr 29 - 9:38 PM

Saints selected Ohio State WR Michael Thomas with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Thomas (6'3/212) made 27 starts for the Buckeyes, parlaying 113 career catches into 1,602 yards (14.2 YPR) and 18 touchdowns. Thomas has the best hands in the draft, dropping just 5-of-157 targets over the last two seasons. His Combine was mediocre for such a highly-touted prospect, running 4.57 with a 35-inch vertical. Dangerous after the catch with an explosive second gear on tape, Thomas has drawn Michael Crabtree comparisons as an efficient playmaker with elite ball skills. His route running needs a ton of work, however, and there are questions about Thomas' ceiling.
Apr 29 - 8:31 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees Ohio State WR Michael Thomas as third-best player available on Day 2.

"[Thomas] can take short passes and surprises with acceleration and balance to pick up yards after the catch," Norris wrote. "A large portion of Thomas’ catches were made within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, but he can also win vertically and adjusts to the football while it is in the air." On Thursday, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that multiple NFL clubs believe Thomas has not received the attention he deserves and "will be a much better NFL receiver than college wideout."
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 29 - 2:18 PM

Jets selected Ohio State LB Darron Lee with the No. 20 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Lee (6'1/232) left Ohio State following his redshirt sophomore campaign, making 28 career starts and tallying 27.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and three interceptions. Lee eviscerated the Combine, running 4.47 with a highly explosive 11-foot-1 broad jump. A run-and-hit linebacker who even dabbled in slot coverage, Lee needs to clean up his tackling efficiency and get stronger, but he possesses a three-down linebacker's skill set with difference-making potential. Lee projects as an eventual NFL tackle machine if his development stays on track. Lee should push Erin Henderson for snaps this year, and he projects as a replacement for David Harris, who turned 32 in January.
Apr 28 - 10:33 PM

Lions selected Ohio State OT Taylor Decker with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Decker (6'7/310) made 42 starts for the Buckeyes -- all at left tackle -- and earned 2015's Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. Despite his decorated blind-side background, Decker is expected to move to right tackle in the pros due to his struggles with edge speed and average arm length (33 3/4"). To maximize his potential on the right side, Decker needs to get stronger after benching 225 pounds only 20 times at the Combine. Still, he projects as a quality starter at right tackle.
Apr 28 - 10:05 PM

Giants selected Ohio State CB Eli Apple with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Apple (6'1/199) spent two years at Ohio State before turning pro as a redshirt sophomore, sprinkling 22 pass breakups and four INTs across 27 starts. He earned second-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches in 2015, before blazing 4.4-flat at the Combine. One of the youngest players in this year's draft, Apple doesn't turn 21 until August. A favorite of ESPN's Louis Riddick, Apple has upside as a press-man corner and is technically sound enough to play right away.
Apr 28 - 9:28 PM

Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Elliott (6'0/225) emerged from Carlos Hyde's shadow to carry the mail for two years in Columbus, finishing his career with 3,961 yards and 43 TDs on 592 carries (6.69 YPC), adding 58 receptions. Elliott turned in a rock-solid Combine, running 4.47 with a 9-foot-10 broad jump and 32 1/2-inch vertical. On tape, Elliott "runs hot" with fiery competitiveness, and consistently maintains balance with low pad level on contact. Also an NFL-ready pass blocker, Elliott repeatedly stood up Notre Dame's defensive line in blitz pickup during Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl win. An exceptionally young prospect, Elliott won't turn 21 until just before his first NFL training camp.
Apr 28 - 8:44 PM

Chargers selected Ohio State DE Joey Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bosa (6'5/269) was one of the nation's most dominant pass rushers for the bulk of his college career, tallying 50.5 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, and five forced fumbles as a 37-game starter. Bosa's sacks dipped from 13.5 as a sophomore to 5.0 as a junior, but he commanded consistent double and triple teams and still won Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. Bosa's long arms (33 3/8") are useful in run defense, and his Combine agility scores were elite, posting a running back-like 6.89 three-cone time while showing short-area explosion with a 10-foot broad jump. A power end in the mold of Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Bosa should be an instant impact rookie against both the run and pass.
Apr 28 - 8:36 PM


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