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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "Combine forty times are critical for [Ohio State ILB Raekwon McMillan], as are shuttle times."

"On film the junior linebacker doesn’t seem to have much pursuit speed but I’m told expectations are he’ll turn in a time under 4.7 seconds during his workout," Pauline passes along. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder could potentially land as a first-round selection, but in his most recent mock-up, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. does not project a team picking him on Day 1.
Feb 24 - 4:51 PM

An AFC national scout indicated that Ohio State WR Noah Brown presents a hard evaluation.

"Remember, he's still young in the game," the AFC national scout said. "He's basically got one year under his belt so what you are seeing now is definitely an unfinished product. You're going to have to do a lot of projecting with him and that's not going to be easy." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Brown to the underwhelming Vince Mayle. "Brown is a big, physical possession receiver who could need additional time and coaching to accelerate the learning curve he faces due to his inexperience," Zierlein wrote. "While he doesn't appear to possess great vertical speed, his body control and ball tracking could tilt the odds in his favor when challenging for the 50/50 balls. ... Brown should become an NFL backup with a chance to work into a more predominant role." The prospect must improve his route running and ability to win in contested situations.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 1:51 PM

Ohio State freshman DT Jerron Cage indicated that Buckeyes DL coach Larry Johnson was instrumental to his eventual signing.

"Coach Johnson is an unbelievable coach," Cage said. "Ever since I met him it was just automatic love from me to him and my family. As soon as my dad met him, he was just like, ‘Oh, my God, yes, I love this man.’" The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle ranked as Scout.com's No. 16 defensive tackle prospect in the 2017 class. The outlet notes that Cage "[d]oes [a] great job of getting into the chest of offensive linemen and winning battle early" and that he is "strong at [the] point of attack with a quick first step."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 14 - 10:55 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler's most recent mock draft has Ohio State S Malik Hooker landing at pick No. 12 with the Browns.

Brugler writes that Hooker's recent labrum and hernia surgeries "could wind up being a blessing" for the Browns or another similar team hoping that the Ohio State star might slide into the middle of round one. While an NFL scout told NJ.com's Mark Eckel in late January that he does not view Hooker as worthy of a first-round pick, it would be a huge surprise if the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is still on the board at the end of Day 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 14 - 5:12 PM

An area scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will be a first round pick "if he measures over 6’0 and runs in the low 4.4s."

The number of possible first round corners is nearing ten. Conley played opposite Marshon Lattimore, who some suggest could be a top five selection. He produced four interceptions and has experience as a press corner. You will continue to hear that cornerback is one of the most talented positions in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 11:20 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz sees Ohio State sophomore DE Nick Bosa as the second-best returning player in the Big Ten.

In Liskiewitz's estimation, Bosa trails only Penn State RB Saquon Barkley among returning Big Ten players. "[Bosa] was every bit the terror on passing downs that his brother was before him, as he racked up 38 total pressures on just 196 rushes," Liskiewitz writes. "Not surprisingly, his pass-rush productivity rating from last season ranks first in the country among returning 4-3 defensive ends, and is second among all edge defenders." The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is coming off a freshman campaign in which he registered 29 tackles (7.0 for loss) and five sacks over the course of 12 games played. He is in line for an increased number of snaps in 2017.
Feb 12 - 6:22 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang writes that Ohio State S Malik Hooker is "prone to over-aggression as an open-field tackler."

In the same breath, Rang writes that "scouts are giddy about his upside." Hooker has potential to land in the first 10 selections in this spring's draft. He is going to miss the NFL Scouting Combine after undergoing offseason labrum and hernia surgeries, but despite these health concerns, Rang feels comfortable enough with the 6-foot-2, 205-pound ball-hawk's long-term outlook that he drops him onto his latest Big Board at No. 9.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 2:45 PM

Ohio State freshman CB Marcus Williamson said, "I want to be the best corner to walk through here."

Well that is an ambitious enough goal. Do tell more, Mr. Williamson. "Everybody that steps through here should want to be the best at what they do. That's why you come to Ohio State: to be great. So, whatever it takes," explained the 5-foot-9, 182-pounder. Williamson landed on the ESPN 300 at No. 259 overall. The outlet calls him "a bit raw at this stage," but sees his speed as a major asset.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 11 - 6:36 PM

Pro Football Focus pegs Ohio State junior LB Jerome Baker as the sixth-best returning player in the Big 10.

Baker earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors last season after finishing second on the team with 79 tackles. He added 8.5 TFL. Coming out of the prep ranks, Baker was a consensus four-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 41 player nationally by Rivals and the No. 67 player on the ESPN 300. Baker's 84.0 run-defense grade was one of the highest that PFF gave a Big Ten linebacker this past year.
Feb 10 - 1:39 PM

In his latest mock draft NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah suggested Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore could be drafted as early as No. 2 overall.

"The 49ers could address the QB position with this pick but Lattimore carries a much higher grade than any of the signal-callers in this draft class," Jeremiah writes. Lattimore is the No. 3 overall prospect on Jeremiah's board, which is the highest ranking we've seen. The redshirt sophomore shined in 2016 after missing about half the year in 2015 with hamstring issues.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 9:39 AM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 ATH Jaiden Woodbey.

Woodbey announced his Buckeyes pledge via Twitter. He had also been considering Oklahoma, USC and Nebraska. Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 197-pounder as the No. 45 overall prospect in the 2018 class, while he climbs all the way to No. 28 on the ESPN Jr. 300. The Worldwide Leader notes that Woodbey "[p]ossesses solid instincts and the discipline to be patient" and "[p]lays with good leverage [while] tak[ing] the best angles to the football." As for what position he might play in Columbus, ESPN views his best fit coming at safety.
Feb 7 - 4:57 PM

Former director of college scouting Greg Gabriel designated 12 CBs with first or second round grades in the 2017 class.

"Corner is a stop watch driven position, so if some of these guys run poorly, their grades will drop," Gabriel warns, so some changes might occur following the Combine. It can be argued that three corners start for every NFL team each week, and it will be important for teams to designate which ones can work inside and which ones fit better on the outside.
Feb 7 - 11:29 AM

Former Ohio State RB Bri'onte Dunn was placed on probation for two years for assaulting his then-girlfriend last year.

Police said that Dunn repeatedly struck Brittany Menninger in her head and face on July 17. Ohio State dismissed him the next day.
Feb 6 - 5:53 PM

Rivals named Ohio State CB coach Kerry Coombs the National Recruiter of the Year.

Rivals notes that while Coombs "has always been known as Ohio State’s primary guy in the very important southwest Ohio area, where he used to be a high school coach," he has upped his recruiting game outside of the state of late. In helping to build the Buckeyes' monster 2017 class, he reached down as far as Florida to grab recruits such as four-star S Isaiah Pryor and four-star CB Marcus Williamson. The outlet tags Coombs' reeling-in of Texas corner Kendall Sheffield (Rivals' No. 3 overall player in the past cycle) as his biggest snag for the Buckeyes.
Source: Rivals
Feb 3 - 5:43 PM

Ohio State signed three-star 2017 T Thayer Munford.

A native of Cincinnati, Munford will stay in-state for his collegiate career. Rivals views him as a three-star prospect, while ESPN 300 gives him the ol' four-star upgrade on the recruiting plane. The Worldwide Leader notes that the 6-foot-6, 325-pounder is "a big boy that can move defenders out of the way and present a large obstacle to work around." They do caution that he "[n]eeds to continue to develop athletically and technically to maximize strengths." Eleven Warriors provides a lovely stat -- OSU's three offensive line signees thus far average 6-foot-5, 312 pounds.
Feb 1 - 1:53 PM


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