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Ohio State signed four-star WR Austin Mack.

Mack was one of the relatively early names to commit to Ohio State's cause, making his choice public in June and then riding out the long, long wait to National Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder is "able to do a lot of things bigger receivers can't, particularly after the catch," according to Scout.com's breakdown. They'd like him to improve his consistency hauling in shorter passes, though they do think he's shown a strong ability to make contested catches. Gotta haul in the easy ones, too.
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 10:24 PM

In Monday's mock draft, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler slotted Ohio State WR Braxton Miller to the Bengals with the 24th pick in the first round.

"With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu set to hit free agency, the Bengals could have a need at receiver this off-season," Brugler wrote, adding that "Miller, who grew up about an hour outside of Cincinnati, is still very raw as a wideout but his special athleticism was on display during the Senior Bowl" While most draft analysts have shied away from projecting Miller into the first round, Brugler's not completely alone here. Indeed, NFL Media's Chad Reuter plotted him identically to the Bengals in a late January mock. Meanwhile, ESPN's Matt Bowen has indicated that he believes that a strong combine showing would boost Miller to the second round.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 10:10 PM

NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt noted that Ohio State DE Joey Bosa reminds him of Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller.

"I think Ohio State's Joey Bosa reminds me most of Von Miller," Brandt said, adding that Sunday's devastating performance by Miller against the Panthers could make "finding edge rushers...an even greater priority for teams in the draft." If NFL squads are going to attempt to mimic what Denver pulled off this season, they've got one heck of a roster of defensive linemen in front of them. This class is among the strongest in recent memory along the line. In addition to Bosa, Brandt also name-checks UCLA LB Myles Jack. Both players figure to hear their names called in the first half of the first round come April, with Bosa a potential Top-3 selection and Jack likely to follow before the Top-15's finished.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 7:31 PM

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas "had trouble picking up the offense early in his career," according to his scouting report on CBS Sports.

Thomas redshirted the 2013 season after playing as a true freshman in 2012, which is very uncommon. The reason? Thomas struggled "with consistency and academics" according to Dane Brugler who wrote the scouting report. However, since the redshirt season, Thomas continued to develop and was arguably the Buckeyes' second best offensive player in 2015 behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers who struggle with nailing down the playbook as a rookie tend to have limited playing time, so it is worth monitoring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:03 PM

Ohio State signed four-star TE Luke Farrell.

This year's tight end draft class is thin, but wait a few seasons. For the 2016 recruiting cycle, five landed in the Top-125 on Rivals--four within the Top-100. Farrell's not among those five, hitting the charts at No. 225. The 6-foot-6, 244-pounder doesn't necessarily have blinding top-end speed, with ESPN's scouting department viewing him as more of a short-to-intermediate pass catcher who can occasionally sneak downfield. The outlet believes that his biggest strength will come in blocking. Ohio State HC Urban Meyer recently indicated that he's opposed to redshirts in general unless they're absolutely necessary, meaning Farrell could see the field early in his career.
Feb 6 - 2:02 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said, "I'm going to make sure we're pushing our [2016 recruits] out there; let them go play."

Said Meyer, "I don't want to redshirt. It's not our plan. We don't recruit and say let's sit them down for a while. We want to play them immediately." He indicated that at least part of this thirst to start the baby Buckeyes is due to the fact that multiple underclassman starters declared for the draft in January. While ESPN 300's No. 3 overall recruit, Nick Bosa, is currently rehabbing from a knee injury, LB Keandre Jones (28), RB Demario McCall (38) and DE Jonathan Cooper (57) (among others) could all see early run. Back to Meyer's hatred of redshirts, though. "If they're around for five years, something happened or they're not good enough or they were beat out," he said.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 12:51 PM

Ohio State signed four-star TE Jake Hausmann.

Hausmann committed to Ohio State last January after drawing significant interest from Notre Dame, Florida State and Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has said, "I think that right now, my strengths are being a complete tight end. I work hard and I think I have good technique." He indicated that after he struggled to free himself from the line as a freshman and sophomore at Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, a vigorous attack of the weight room helped him to alleviate those issues. Hausmann should have the opportunity to battle for a backup tight end role behind Marcus Bough heading into the 2016 campaign.
Feb 5 - 10:04 PM

Ohio State DE Joey Bosa said that he "want[s] to resemble his game after [former Penn State LB Tamba Hali]."

"When I watch him, he's just so vicious with his hands," Bosa said. "I see [DL] coach [Larry] Johnson in him so much that I'd like to resemble my game after him." Johnson coached both Hali at Penn and Bosa at Ohio State, so that's the natural link. Unlike Hali--who was drafted by the Chiefs with the 20th pick in 2006--the 6-foot-5, 278-pound Bosa's in the conversation to be drafted by the Titans at No. 1 and, at the worst, should be a Top-5 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 9:52 PM

Ohio State signed four-star DB Jordan Fuller.

Fuller was receiving dueling offers from Big Ten titans Ohio State and Michigan. As has been the case during regular season play of late, Ohio State won. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender filled a multitude of roles at Old Tappen High, playing receiver, defensive back and wildcat quarterback. While he apparently has the ability to do everything short of fly, the Buckeyes will be installing him at safety. Cleveland.com's Bill Landis has speculated that because of Ohio State's thinner secondary ranks, it's possible that Fuller could play in 2016 rather than take a redshirt.
Feb 5 - 9:37 PM

In an NFL Now interview at Super Bowl 50, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott said, "The Dallas Cowboys [are my preferred draft destination]. I want to go play behind that great offensive line they have down in Dallas."

Get in line, Zeke. Alabama RB Derrick Henry has also indicated that he would love to be drafted by the Cowboys. Perhaps the biggest obstacle for Elliott's Cowboy dream is their draft position (barring a trade). At No. 4, it's unlikely that they reach for the 6-foot, 225-pound Buckeye, while at No. 34 (third pick in the second round), Elliott may well already be off the board. To whit, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter's four-round draft has Dallas selecting North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz at four and Henry at 34, with Elliott heading to the Texans with the 22nd pick. Unrelated to this conjecture, Elliott indicated that he's hopeful that he'll be running the 40 in the 4.3's at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 8:50 PM

Ohio State signed four-star RB Antonio Williams.

Williams was once-upon-a-time committed to Big Ten rival Wisconsin, but Ohio State managed to lure him over to the dark side after he visited the campus in October. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is a possible 2016 contributor, particularly with Ezekiel Elliott waving bye-bye and heading to the darft. Williams falls into yer classic "more quick than fast" mode. He's also a bulldozer who should carry his fair share of piles over the course of his Buckeye career.
Feb 5 - 8:21 PM

Ohio State signed four-star T Michael Jordan.

We do love the idea of Michael Jordan (basketball species) playing tackle for the Buckeyes in 2016, but no, this one isn't that one. The 6-foot-6, 309-pounder hailing from Canton, Michigan, drew predictable interest from the Wolverines, but signed with Ohio State after visiting in early December. ESPN 300 (where he ranks 146th) sees him as having the frame to stick at tackle, noting that he already has great strength and physical tools. He remains raw on a technical level and could serve as an interesting developmental project for HC Urban Meyer.
Feb 5 - 7:03 PM

The NCAA football rules committee will discuss changing the role of the replay official and targeting calls.

Targeting will be one topic on the table when the committee meets in Orlando next Tuesday. In the proposed change, replay officials would be given more authority to review potential targeting incidents that are missed by the on-field officials. This seems at least somewhat vague in how it would be executed in actuality, but the same could have been said to Thomas Edison during his quest to invent the light bulb.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 10:00 PM

In his most recent mock ESPN draft analyst, Todd McShay has the Jets selecting Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 20th selection.

Somewhere around the 20th pick is where most experts see Elliott being drafted, with NFL Media's Chad Reuter, Lance Zierlein and Bucky Brooks all predicting that the Texans will take him with the 22nd pick in their most recent mock-ups. As for McShay, the longtime draft insider called the 6-foot, 225-pound Ohio State product the best run-blocker he's ever studied. Of note, the lone dissenter in regards to Elliott-to-the-Texans on NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah booked Elliott to the Giants at No. 10. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler did likewise in a late January mock draft.
Feb 4 - 9:19 PM

Ohio State five-star DE Nick Bosa (knee) said of his recovery, "I’m about two months in (rehab) and I feel great."

"There’s really no more pain and my quad is pretty much back to full size after all of the atrophy. So I’m feeling great," said Bosa. "I’m starting to run next week and I’m definitely planning on being ready for camp." He suffered a torn ACL during the autumn of his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder might to be ready to suit up come August camp, but there's no guarantee of that at this point.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 4 - 4:27 PM


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