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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

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin reports that Ohio State WR Devin Smith "has had formal meetings with 18 teams, three since the combine."

While the 6-foot, 200-pound vertical threat gets knocked for not being a complete receiver, his draft stock still remains intact. The Buckeyes' wideout recorded 12 touchdowns on 33 receptions in 2014, leading the NCAA with a score every 2.75 catches. Anytime you can average 28.2 yards per catch, teams at the next level will take notice. Smith has borderline first to second round potential in this year's draft.
Mar 16 - 3:53 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith spent "a lot of time" with the Cleveland Browns last week, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

With Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and Brian Hartline sitting atop the WR depth chart, the Browns desperately need fortification on the outside. Smith isn't the go-to receiver they need, but he could turn into a dangerous second banana due to his wheels. At his pro day, Smith didn't run the 40, though he did participate in position drills. Smith announced he worked on his route running and running underneath patterns in order to prove he was more than just a fly route receiver. "I'm told there was just one drop from Smith, but overall, he looked good," Pauline wrote. Smith collected 121 receptions for 2,503 yards (20.7) and 30 scores across his collegiate career, and averaged a ridiculous 28.2 yards per catch (12 touchdowns) on 33 catches in 2014.
Mar 16 - 1:14 AM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "showed a maniacal approach to the game that should make an impression in the NFL," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"I've got dual-personality disorder, man. When I'm on the field, it's a completely different person. Very aggressive, looking to cause some havoc. I really want the person I'm playing to know that I'm a better player than he is," Bennett said. Bennett's groin injury kept him out of the combine workouts. He'll work out for scouts at Ohio State's pro day on Friday. "Bennett is a hyperactive defensive tackle with range, quickness and the mental discipline one might expect from somebody whose parents both graduated from West Point," Cooney said.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 8:23 PM

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio State HC Urban Meyer "hasn't had any discussion" with QB Braxton Miller about playing a position other than QB.

While QB Cardale Jones has earned every right to be the starter under center for Urban Meyer next season, Miller's role still has yet to be determined. The Ohio State prospect is recovering well from shoulder surgery, and was able to partially participate in the Buckeye's first spring practice. However, Miller still has the ability to transfer and play for another school in 2015 as a graduate transfer, if he chose to. Ohio State has a bevy of talent at the QB position, with Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones still in their stable for next season.
Mar 10 - 3:35 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett could be "a second-round option for the Lions," notes NFL.com's College Football 24/7.

Certainly, Detroit is going to consider popping a defensive tackle in Round 1. If an enticing prospect at another position falls to them at No. 23, though, Bennett would be the caliber of tackle the organization would hope falls to them in stanza two. "Bennett was the best interior presence on what might have been the best defensive line in college football last year," wrote Chase Goodbread. "He is the smallest of the five on this list, at 293 pounds, but could be the most technically sound."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 10:41 PM

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett "is one of the better three technique prospects in this class," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"[At his pro day, Bennett] should show well with his combination of initial quickness and strength," Brugler wrote. Because of a nagging minor injury, Bennett wasn't able to play in the Senior Bowl or work out for scouts at the NFL Combine. For those reasons, his March 13 is crucial. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 8:54 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman said he is near 100-percent healthy for his pro day on March 13.

The big tight end hasn't been able to shake the pain wrought from spring foot surgery. "Heuerman is expected to test well and despite only 17 catches in 2014, he could be one of the top tight ends drafted with good numbers at his pro day," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Heuerman, who measured in at the combine at 6-foot-5 1/8, 254 pounds (33 1/4" arms and 10 1/8" hands), only caught 52 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns across his entire four season career at Ohio State.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 8:28 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ohio State DT Michael Bennett is "not as talented as Jurrell Casey. ... not even close to Aaron Donald."

"I thought he disappeared too often in games," the scout said. "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." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett collected 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in college. "His true position is three-technique," another scout said. "Good football player." Interestingly, both of Bennett's parents graduated from West Point.
Mar 1 - 8:07 PM

Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman's pro day on March 13 is of critical importance because he wasn't featured in his collegiate offense, notes NFL Media.

"Minnesota's Maxx Williams unquestionably is the top tight end, but no other player at the position truly stood out at the combine," passed along College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Heuerman had mediocre college stats, finishing with just 52 career receptions. But he is a good athlete and should test well. And testing well could mean he becomes a second-day pick as teams search for a tight end." Heuerman, who measured in at the combine at 6-foot-5 1/8, 254 pounds (33 1/4" arms and 10 1/8" hands), only caught 52 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns across his entire four season career at Ohio State.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 7:40 PM


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