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Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett's evaluation has fallen by a round this season, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He hasn't had a bad year, but I had Bennett pegged as a mid-first-round pick," Kiper wrote. "The senior is far more likely to go in the second. A disruptive DT, he makes plays in the backfield and can beat one-on-one blocking, but he isn't consistently dominant." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote this week that Bennett "has issues getting off blocks." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this season.
Nov 27 - 3:52 PM

Former Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to his social media account.

"Not what I wanted but now it's time to get ready for the next level, I've learnt so much in the last couple months that it's all worth it," Spence tweeted after being told the Big Ten declared him permanently ineligible. Theoretically, Spence could have dropped down to the FCS for one season and continued playing at the college level, but he is NFL bound. He generated a good amount of buzz when on the field. He was reportedly suspended multiple times for failed drug tests, which led to the ban.
Nov 27 - 11:37 AM

The Oregonian reports that Oregon hasn't been in contact with Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller.

With J.T. Barrett having made an extremely compelling argument to be the Buckeyes' QB in 2015 regardless of whether Miller returns, transfer rumors have been swirling for weeks. As a graduate transfer, Miller would be eligible to play immediately if he bolted after the season. Along with the Ducks, Auburn and Boston College have been bandied about as potential landing spots. Of course, Oregon and its high-flying offense might be the most intriguing destination. Starting QB Marcus Mariota is expected to declare for the NFL Draft after the season.
Nov 27 - 1:50 AM

The Big Ten declared Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence permanently ineligible.

Spence failed a second drug test earlier this season, putting him in jeopardy for this ruling (The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."). Ohio State helped him through the appeals process, which culminated in today's ruling. "While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health," Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said. Spence tweeted, "Now it's time to get ready for the next level," so expect him to declare for the spring draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Spence as a Rds. 1-2 prospect over the summer, though the defender's failed drug tests and lost season figure to knock him further down the board.
Nov 25 - 10:03 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman WR/PR Jalin Marshall exhibits "exceptional quickness and running skills on the perimeter," notes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound redshirt freshman is a highly athletic former high school quarterback. "Marshall has flashed strong hands and terrific ball skills, as evidenced by his one-handed touchdown grab against Indiana," Brooks wrote. "Marshall scored four touchdowns in the Ohio State win over the Hoosiers. With Marshall also exhibiting big-time skills as a punt returner, the Buckeyes' young playmaker is already on the radar of scouts searching for dynamic athletes." Marshall is a prospect to keep an eye on in the future.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 24 - 11:42 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman collected five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown on Saturday versus Indiana.

Because Heuerman is underused in Ohio State's passing attack, it was his best statistical game of the season. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman "has the tools to be a more productive player at the professional level than he has been for Ohio State," ESPN's Todd McShay wrote last month. Heuerman reminds McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.
Nov 24 - 7:14 PM

Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 42-27 win over Indiana.

He was also a factor in the passing game, hauling in seven receptions for 39 yards. The former four-star recruit has rushed for 1,061 yards on 180 carries to go with eight touchdowns and a per-carry average of 5.9 this season. The 6-foot, 225-pound back is an explosive runner and scouts love his combination of strength and speed.
Nov 24 - 7:00 PM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett "has issues getting off blocks," notes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Ohio State’s Michael Bennett is another Big Ten lineman who gets a lot of love from scouts yet he too has issues getting off blocks. Throughout the season Bennett will look like a world beater on one snap then is handled the very next play," Pauline wrote. This season, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks on his resume. Pauline adds that the Ohio State prospect also "has size limitations."
Nov 24 - 3:14 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett completed 25 of 35 attempts for 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 42-27 win over Indiana.

Barrett added another 78 yards on the ground. What Barrett does so well is decipher what he is seeing, both pre and post snap. As many have stated, it will be interesting to see what Urban Meyer does with Barrett and Braxton Miller next season. We doubt Barrett sits.
Nov 22 - 3:39 PM

Ohio State sophomore DE Joey Bosa has been named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman or linebacker.

The 6-foot-5, 278-pound leads the Big Ten in sacks with 11.5 on the year, and ranks fifth nationally. The Buckeyes' prospect needs 2.5 sacks to tie Vernon Gholston’s school record of 14. The sophomore standout won't be draft eligible until after the 2015 campaign.
Nov 20 - 2:07 PM

Ohio State junior DB Armani Reeves will return from a three-game absence on Saturday.

Reeves had missed the previous three games with a mystery ailment. Head coach Urban Meyer previously talked about Reeves having issues focusing, though there has not been talk of a concussion. "Armani’s a great kid and a heck of a player, an emotional guy and give us a little spark," said Meyer. "He had a good week in practice, he’s ready to go."
Nov 19 - 9:52 PM

An NFC West scout told NFL.com that Ohio State redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett was a "revelation" against Minnesota on Saturday.

The scout said that Barrett's improvement from last spring was "amazing," going on to add that he thought Barrett was "definitely tracking toward being an NFL quarterback." It will be interesting to see if Barrett can keep this kind of production (64% completions for 2,356 yards and 38 total touchdowns to eight interceptions) when coaches have a full season of film on him and an off-season to scheme.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 7:05 PM

SI's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans spoke with one NFL scout who expressed plenty of concern about Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller's play and evaluation.

"When (Miller) makes plays, it’s always running around," the scout said. "It’s not a rhythm, timing thing... For what (Ohio State does), he’s really good. For what the NFL does, not so good." The evaluator went on to say OSU cannot sit J.T. Barrett next year if Miller does return. And on Miller, the scout does not believe he has the instincts of Denard Robinson as a runner, but a change in running back is likely in his future.
Nov 19 - 2:31 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports it is a very real possibility junior Ohio State T Taylor Decker declares for the NFL draft.

Pauline notes the Buckeyes' recent success and high expectations for the 2015 could factor into Decker staying. He has looked good shifting from right tackle to left tackle to replace Jack Mewhort.
Nov 19 - 10:39 AM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that a championship is "at the doorstep now."

"We wake up every day to compete for championships in November," Meyer said. "It's at the doorstep now." The Buckeyes were ranked at No. 6 in the latest playoff update released on Tuesday. In terms of how they might bump higher in the rankings, Meyer indicated that margin of victory was "not even going to be addressed" prior to the team's game against Indiana on Saturday. Given that Ohio State has put up five games with 50+ points scored, they might be able to run up the score without really trying.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 9:43 PM


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