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Ohio State redshirt freshman LB Darron Lee "is in the mold of 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier in terms of athleticism, range and playmaking instincts as a run-defender," Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl

"Lee is a budding star within the Buckeyes' defense," they wrote. "At 6-2 and 228 pounds, he needs to continue to add bulk and will never be a strong point-of-attack linebacker, but does show positional savvy taking on blocks and getting through traffic. In addition, he holds up extremely well in coverage, where he shows strong awareness and flashes above-average ball skills." Lee, a four-star prospect in the class of 2013, played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and returned punts and kickoffs in high school.
Dec 20 - 8:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett "still has some work to do with mechanics and accuracy, but he shares similar traits to Alex Smith when he was playing in Urban Meyer's system at Utah," Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote.

"He had some struggles early on, but he was arguably the most improved player on this list throughout the season," they wrote. "Barrett still has some work to do with mechanics and accuracy, but he shares similar traits to Alex Smith when he was playing in Urban Meyer's system at Utah, with his ability to make quick and efficient decisions while also showing the mobility to move the chains with his legs." Barrett was named the Big 10's freshman of the year and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting after posting 3,772 total yards and 45 total touchdowns. Barrett broke his ankle versus Michigan and is out for the season, though he's expected to be ready for spring practices.
Dec 20 - 4:26 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage spoke with one NFL team that is judging this year's T prospects based on their performance against Ohio State sophomore edge rusher Joey Bosa.

It makes sense. In fact, teams often look for a prospects' top matchup that season and use it as one of the three base exposures when creating an evaluation. Bosa will be that top opponent for every tackle who faces him. Michigan State redshirt sophomore tackle Jack Conklin is probably the best prospects Bosa faced this year. Expect the edge rusher to be at the top of many boards heading into the 2015 season.
Dec 20 - 4:00 PM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl peg Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa as the second-best non-draft-eligible underclassman.

"Bosa is a strong run defender with the shock in his hands to shed blocks quickly and the range to make plays in pursuit," they wrote. "He's a productive pass-rusher who makes it tough for offensive linemen to get their hands on him, transfers speed to power and closes well. Throw in an above-average motor, and he's on a path to follow in the footsteps of his father John, whom the Miami Dolphins drafted in the first round in 1987." Three NFL scouts who attended the Big Ten Championship all told NFL.com last week that Bosa is the "best combo defensive end in college football." 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.
Dec 18 - 2:17 PM

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


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