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Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller is "badly in need of time in the spotlight to prove himself as a prospect to NFL scouts," notes NFL Media.

Miller is an extremely interesting case as a graduate student on a loaded depth chart who didn't take an opportunity to transfer elsewhere for his final season of eligibility. Instead, Miller will compete against J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting QB job, a competition he is not favored to win.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 9:03 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott's injured left wrist has been fully medically cleared.

It speaks well to the prospect's toughness that you may not have known he had an injured wrist to begin with. Elliott broke his wrist in practice last August and underwent minor surgery, playing the season with a cast on his left wrist, which forced him to only carry with the right arm. "I was just out there basically playing with one hand. I was one-handed," Elliott told reporters in April. "I couldn't carry the ball in my left hand, I couldn't punch with it. I couldn't do much with it. I was pretty handicapped." If the 6-foot, 225-pounder can run for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns while handicapped, ruminate on what he'll do now fully healthy.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:02 PM

NFL Media ranks Ohio State redshirt sophmore QB J.T. Barrett as the No.4 returning offensive player for 2015.

The Ohio State prospect recorded 3,772 total yards and 45 total touchdowns, breaking Ohio State's total yardage record and the Big Ten's total touchdown mark. Unfortunately, Barrett broke his ankle against Michigan and was forced to miss the rest of the season. The Buckeyes are loaded at the QB position with Barrett, Cardale Jones, and Braxton Miller all in the mix. However, it's still too early to know who gets the starting nod, but all three QBs could be in play for playing time.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 4:08 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott is the Heisman favorite at 6/1, according to Bovada.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette is 15/2, while TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Georgia running back Nick Chubb and Miss State quarterback Dak Prescott are each 8/1. After transferring to FSU, Everett Golson is now 14/1.
May 20 - 12:45 PM

Ohio State is still the favorite to win the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff with 7/2 odds, according to Bovada.

Alabama is 7/1, TCU 10/1, Auburn and FSU 12/1, USC 18/1 and Baylor and Notre Dame 20/1. The Buckeyes return a number of starters on both sides of the ball, especially along the offensive line. The biggest question is who will play quarterback (we think a mix, with Cardale Jones being the true No. 1). Replacing a deep threat in Devin Smith is also important.
May 20 - 12:32 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread notes that Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa "combines the physical skills to beat offensive tackles to the quarterback using either power or quickness with a relentless motor."

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect has a dominating skill-set with the ideal size and versatility to match for the next level. The Big Ten's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year winner posted 46 tackles, 20 TFL, 13.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2014. Bosa has a chance to be the top overall pick in 2016, if he continues his dominating ways this season.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 4:06 PM

Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker ranks as the No. 25 overall draft prospect in the country, according to Scout.com.

"He has super size (6-7/315) and length," wrote Jamie Newberg. "Decker developed as the Buckeyes most consistent offensive linemen last year, which is saying something considering the talent in the trenches." Decker earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last season and figures to graduate to the First Team this fall.
Source: Scout.com
May 19 - 12:31 AM

Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman ranks Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones as the conference's No. 4 pro prospect.

"The most physically gifted quarterback in the nation, Jones has an absolute cannon for an arm and has shown he can win on college football’s biggest stage," Merriman wrote. The analyst slotted Jones just behind fellow stud QBs Christian Hackenberg and Connor Cook. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones will compete J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller for starting duties in a competition that will be worth the price of admission.
May 18 - 10:42 PM

Ohio State's University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Gene Smith, states that QB Braxton Miller is "not going anywhere," according to Eleven Warriors' Eric Seger.

"If you pay attention to him, he's not going anywhere. He loves it here first and foremost. He has a child. He's from here. He's in a good position," Smith told Eleven Warrior. "We have his medical records. Keep in mind, he's had challenges physically over the years. So he knows that this is a place where we're going to help him, we're going to take care of him." The Buckeyes prospect would have an opportunity to transfer and play in 2015 under the graduate label, but from the look of things Miller may be happy to stay where he's at, and gamble on his talents.
May 18 - 3:03 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper noted that Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones' stock "is as volatile as it gets."

Kiper ranked Jones as the No. 25 prospect entering the season. "Jones has some great physical tools and a dream stretch of games to build on," Kiper wrote. "But he's also not a guarantee to be a starter in 2015, and not starting would change everything, because those three games then become less of a dream stretch and more of 'just three games.' In a nutshell (no pun intended, Buckeyes), Jones needs polish, which means reps. So he belongs here if he wins the job. If not, we need to back off a bit on the draft expectations." The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones is competing with J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller for starting duties. The Buckeyes are so loaded that whoever wins the job immediately becomes a Heisman frontrunner.
May 17 - 12:26 AM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott debuted at No. 19 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"Elliot is a nimble runner with outstanding vision and good change-of-direction quickness, but he's also quietly about 225 pounds and will drop his shoulder on defenders," Kiper wrote. "Hopefully the Buckeyes keep his odometer down when they can and he'll have a healthy junior season." The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. ESPN's Todd McShay mocked him to the Texans at No. 15 in a recent mock draft.
May 16 - 10:18 PM

Fox Sports' Kevin Causey believes Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott is a candidate to go No. 1 overall.

Ki-Jana Carter was the last runner to go No. 1, doing so in 1995. "The value of NFL running backs has decreased in the modern-day NFL, but with Todd Gurley going 10th in the 2015 NFL Draft despite being injured, the times could be changing," Causey wrote. "It would take a special back for someone to think about taking one with the No. 1 pick. Elliott looked very special in the second half of 2014. He ran for over 200 yards in each of his last three games when his team needed him the most. He looks like the type of running back that you can build a team around." We can't say we agree. Gurley is a superior prospect to Elliott and wouldn't have been in consideration for the top slot even if he'd stayed healthy.
Source: Fox Sports
May 16 - 7:35 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore LB Darron Lee debuted at No. 16 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"Lee was truly shot out of a cannon as an NFL prospect in 2014, starting with big plays in the opener against Navy, and his rise continued right into the drubbing of Oregon in the national championship game," Kiper wrote. "He has outstanding burst to the ball when he diagnoses. And he won't just chase plays sideline to sideline; he can beat ball carriers (and pass-catchers) to the spot in the backfield." Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked Lee No. 28 to the Broncos, while ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Lee No. 30 to the Dallas Cowboys. "He lacks ideal size and strength at 6-2, 228, but his combination of athleticism, instincts, savvy and coverage skills is outstanding," McShay wrote.
May 16 - 6:21 PM

Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker debuted at No. 14 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"Moving well with a 6-8 frame, Decker was a building-block piece for an offensive line that came together in dominant fashion late in the 2014 season and into the playoffs," Kiper wrote. "He has played both tackle positions and will be the top prospect on what should be one of the best lines in the country in 2015." Decker, a good technician with supreme athleticism, went No. 11 to the Panthers in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft, while Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Decker going in Round 1 in his own mock draft.
May 16 - 5:20 PM

Scout.com ranks Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa as the No. 1 overall pre-season draft prospect.

"Bosa may have been the first defensive player off the board in 2015 draft," wrote Jamie Newberg. "He's a flat out dominating player who has all the tools - size (6-6/275), good speed, and athleticism. He can play defensive end or tackle but probably best suited as a 3-4 defensive end. He plays the game so hard and is so tenacious." Bosa is the consensus No. 1 prospect at the moment. That's where Mel Kiper ranked him, and that's where Rotoworld's Josh Norris mocked him.
Source: Scout.com
May 15 - 9:14 PM


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