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Ohio State WR Devin Smith "is unproven as a route-runner" outside of fly routes, according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

Smith's collegiate stats more or less back up the assertion. He had 121 catches for 2,503 yards -- averaging 20.7 yards per catch -- and 30 touchdowns. Cooney's colleague Dane Brugler agrees, saying that Smith is a "frustrating prospect because he shows the striding speed to stretch the field, but (has) inconsistent tracking skills, which makes him late to adjust and leads to focus drops. Aside from go routes downfield, he is unproven as a route-runner. His speed is mostly straight-line and his lean frame looks near maxed out." Smith posted a 4.42 forty at the combine (it was in the mid 4.3s on hand-held watches). "Smith has speed to kill and if he can learn to use it consistently he will murder some defenses," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 3:38 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett is a "pure 3-technique, with just average power but very good initial quickness and savvy as a pass-rusher," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He doesn't have the same burst as Donald did coming out last year, but his first step is just a notch below elite," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. Not everyone is sold on him, though. "I thought he disappeared too often in games," an anonymous scout said in February. "Enough athletic ability. Not sure if he's quick enough for a smaller guy to win on a consistent basis. Doesn't always finish plays."
Apr 17 - 8:24 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuermann "is still early in his learning curve, both because of early dedication to hockey and then a combination of injuries and deployment in the Ohio State offense," wrote NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Intense competitor with skills, size and strength could become best tight end in this draft," Cooney wrote. OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti offered a rousing endorsement for the prospect when he said Heuerman is the "ringleader of what we want in terms of work ethic." Asked at the combine what he wanted teams to know about him, Heureman replied: "Probably just a smart, tough football player. That's kind of what I've been talking about this week. I can do it all, be an every-down tight end. I see so many guys who only catch balls, they only block. I kind of pride myself on doing it all."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 1:05 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith "was the best downfield receiver in all of college football last season," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He has sprinter's speed (4.42 40-yard dash) with great burst off the line and a second gear to out-run defensive backs, he uses subtle head and shoulder fakes to help gain separation, he excels at tracking the deep ball and he has impressive body control to shield himself from defenders and come down with the catch," McShay wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Apr 14 - 5:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees six receivers going in Round 1.

That number would be the highest since 2009. Davis himself has five WRs going in Round 1 in his most recent mock draft, but he thinks one more will sneak in before all is said and done. "The first-round WRs in my mock are Alabama's Amari Cooper, Louisville's DeVante Parker, West Virginia's Kevin White, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong and UCF's Breshad Perriman," Davis wrote. "Colleague Lance Zierlein has those five WRs coming off the board before pick No. 20 in his latest mock. If those five come flying off the board that fast, would the WR-needy Ravens go for a pass-catcher like Ohio State's Devin Smith at No. 26?"
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 6:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that the Dallas Cowboys had Ohio State WR Devin Smith in for an official visit on Thursday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat could be a nice fit for the Cowboys offense, across the way from WR Dez Bryant. If the the Cowboys are looking for a wideout who can stretch the field and open things up for Romo, Smith could make sense. The Ohio state prospect posted 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches.
Apr 9 - 2:08 PM

Ohio State CB Doran Grant visited the Giants, Steelers and Texans, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson has also worked out for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per the reporter. Grant was not a big name in Ohio State's loaded roster but can play the ball well when in position.
Apr 9 - 12:17 PM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score grades Ohio State WR Devin Smith as the No. 6 receiver.

"Smith had only 33 receptions as a junior. However, when he caught the ball, he made big plays, averaging 20.7 yards per reception and scoring a touchdown on more than a third of his passes," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. The Playmaker model compared Smith as a prospect to Mike Wallace and Javon Walker. Scouts Inc. ranks Smith as the No. 25 overall prospect in the class. The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat runs a 4.4 forty.
Mar 29 - 11:20 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "potentially climb up into the bottom of the first [round]."

"I have him just outside my top 50 but when you start looking at interior pass rushers, to me he's going to be right there at the top," Jeremiah said. "Originally, I said he's going to go in the second round, but I think he's got a chance to potentially climb up into the bottom of the first because he can give you some disruption and pass rush in the interior." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. Not everyone is sold on him. "I thought he disappeared too often in games," an anonymous scout said in February. "Enough athletic ability. Not sure if he's quick enough for a smaller guy to win on a consistent basis. Doesn't always finish plays."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 8:55 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes Ohio State WR Devin Smith is an ideal Round 1 fit for the Eagles.

The Eagles, of course, are looking for a starter after the departure of Jeremy Maclin to Kansas City. Philadelphia picks No. 20. "[Smith] is an elite downfield threat and his best fit is with a vertical passing team, he is a more well-rounded receiver than he's given credit for, and he flashes the ability to ruin pursuit angles when he catches a seam as a runner," Weidl wrote. "Philly may be better suited to wait until the second or third rounds to land a receiver, as this class has good depth at the position, but Smith is an intriguing option at No. 20." The 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat runs a 4.4 forty.
Mar 25 - 8:37 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis writes that he "expect[s] [Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman] to be an excellent pro."

Davis is one of many who believe Heuerman will be better in the pros than he was in college. "He dealt with a foot injury last season, but played through it," Davis wrote. "He's an excellent blocker at the point of attack and an outstanding pass protector. I know he can catch the ball and make big plays downfield. Heuerman's a much better athlete than people think, too." Heuerman posted only 17 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but, in addition to his injury issues, it's fair to point out that he was a victim of Ohio State having too many mouths to feed on offense.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 10:25 PM

Ohio State T Darryl Baldwin has a private workout scheduled with the Panthers.

Badlwin only started five or six games prior to his final season, and then started the entire season. The Panthers and other teams have seen good results when acquiring late round or undrafted offensive linemen from Ohio State. Baldwin will hope to the be the next as a right tackle.
Mar 22 - 11:13 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that NFL scouts "seem to be unusually intrigued and excited about [Ohio State TE Jeff] Heuerman's NFL potential."

Heuerman ranks as the No. 6 prospect in the class, according to the analyst. "Solid straight-line speed after the catch," Zierlein's scouting report reads. "Can threaten the seams vertically. Has a plus vertical leap and high-point ability as a pass-catcher. Good body control to adjust to off-target throws. Shows his numbers to quarterback. Comes from athletic family. Team captain and leader in weight room." Zierlein, who compares the prospect to Rob Housler, believes Heuerman has to improve his functional strength, route running, and blocking.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 5:40 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman recorded a 4.80 forty at the school's pro day.

Heuerman also posted a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump, according to Gil Brandt. The tight ends role has changed over the years at OSU, but look for him to be drafted on the third day.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 11:25 AM

Ohio State WR Evan Spencer's pro day workout may have earned him a Day 3 call and he's being compared to Bengals WR James Wright, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

According to the analyst, Spencer "looked terrific" at the event. He posted 40 times ranging from 4.40 to 4.45 and "caught the ball extremely well, extending his hands to grab the pass away from his frame," according to Pauline. Spencer was amongst many talented Buckeye skill players who had to sacrifice counting stats in order to feed ample mouths. "The feeling is this workout will push Spencer into the late part of the draft, as comparisons are being made to James Wright, the seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals last year who was marginally productive in college but came with a great deal of physical talent and looked good during his pro-day workout," Pauline wrote.
Mar 16 - 7:21 PM


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