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NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Ohio State CB Bradley Roby should be a top 20 pick.

Roby (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) "had a couple of rough games" as a junior in 2013, according to Jeremiah, but is "as talented as any cornerback in this draft." Unfortunately for Roby, his worst day as a football player came in a big moment, and it has been difficult for some to forget. The Badgers' Jared Abbrederis famously slapped down 10 catches for 207 yards and a TD on Roby this past season, a performance so ugly that the Buckeyes' corner began grabbing and holding and receiving safety help. Roby admitted at the time that he "was kind of slacking," and his performance elevated from there on out.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:29 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell calls Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier an "unbelievable, sudden quick-twitch athlete."

"There's not a lot of guys who play linebacker who can run like this kid," Cosell said. "This kid is incredibly sudden. He's not a powerful kid, but he was willing to take on blocks when necessary." The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier blazed a ludicrous 4.36 forty at Ohio State's pro day. He's not just a straight-line speedster, however, as Cosell suggests; Shazier owns a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. He'll be a nice find in the late first round.
Apr 18 - 1:16 AM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Ohio State CB Bradley Roby is underappreciated.

"He had his bad moments in 2013, but he closed it out strong and helped himself with a great combine showing," Davis wrote. "Depending on who you ask in league circles, Roby has either closed ground on fellow top-ranked CBs Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard, or moved ahead of at least one of them." Roby is rising on draft boards around the league right now, which Davis acknowledges, its just that the analyst believes Roby still isn't "getting the attention he merits."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 7:06 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said "don't be surprised if the Patriots take a RB in the first round. Maybe Carlos Hyde."

The Patriots are faced with the fact that Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley are both in the last years of their contracts, and they lost LeGarrette Blount via free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hyde has the power to run inside, break tackles, and is also a good pass catcher out of the backfield. Carlos Hyde also offers the Patriots an instant upgrade over LeGarrette Blount, and could be the Patriots back of the future. While the first round could be a reach for Carlos Hyde, the move could definitely add another weapon to the Patriots offense.
Apr 17 - 6:13 PM

The Steelers hosted Ohio State CB Bradley Roby, Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, and Arizona State LB Carl Bradford for pre-draft visits last week.

Roby, Mel Kiper's "biggest LB or DB risk," has actually been moving back up boards recently. And we aren't surprised, as he picked up his play last season after getting abused by Jared Abbrederis. Roby (5-foot-11 1/4 and 194 pounds) ran an official 4.39 forty at the NFL Combine and posted a 6.78 second 3-cone drill at his pro day. Pierre-Louis and Bradford, meanwhile, could both be fits in Pittsburgh's LB-friendly 3-4 scheme.
Apr 14 - 7:06 PM

The Steelers hosted Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier, UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt, and Washington State S Deone Bucannon on Thursday.

"The Steelers would be looking at [Shazier] as an inside linebacker," ESPN's Scott Brown passes along, an interesting note as evaluators argue over his best positional fit. Todd McShay, for instance, argued last week that the former Buckeyes star's best spot as a pro is as a 4-3 "Will" linebacker. The 6-foot-1, 237-pounder, coming off a 101 tackle campaign, has tremendous speed. "You could make an argument he’s one of the 10 best football players in this draft based on being a pure, instinctive football player," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said of Shazier. General manager Kevin Colbert will have to pounce in the first if Shazier is the target.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 5:59 PM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde ran a forty time in the "mid 4.5s" during a private workout for "several NFL teams" last week.

Hyde's one forty attempt at the combine was unfortunate, as he managed just 4.66 seconds and pulled his hamstring. It's nice that he improved his time, but it doesn't figure to move the needle much for this probable future second-rounder. Hyde is a 230-pound thumper with light feet.
Source: SI.com
Apr 6 - 11:26 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff believes the Tennessee Titans should target Ohio State RB "Carlos Hyde in the second" or Washington RB "Bishop Sankey in the third" round.

"Not a great RB year, Carlos Hyde in the 2nd or Bishop Sankey in the 3rd," Middlekauff tweeted in response to who the Titans should replace Chris Johnson with. Johnson will meet with Titans GM Ruston Webster on Friday, which could mean the end of his Johnson's journey in Tennessee. Johnson is currently due $8 million in 2014. Whisenhunt is going to need a strong running game to counter a questionable passing attack. If the Titans are looking for a perfect blend of power and elusiveness, Hyde could be an option in the second round. Bishop Sankey may not have the ideal size or frame like Hyde, but he's a perfect all-purpose back that can be effective on passing downs similar to Giovani Bernard skill set.
Apr 4 - 2:30 AM

Todd McShay said on ESPN's First Draft podcast that Ryan Shazier's best fit as a pro is as a 4-3 "Will" linebacker.

"He's got to get stronger, but he's explosive" McShay said. Because of that wiry, athletic frame, Shazier can get engulfed and pushed backwards, but he can cover ground in a flash. "As he continues to develop his instincts and gets work with professional coaches... I think he's going to continue to get better and better," McShay said. "You don't find many guys that can run the way he can run, that have his athleticism, in a league where you've got to be able to cover, where you have to provide something as a blitzer; he can do both." The analyst added: "Any team that drafts him late in the first is going to be happy if they put him in the right situation." Mel Kiper believes that Shazier could also be an inside 3-4 'backer, and said, similarly to Lavonte David, Shazier will be a good value pick.
Apr 3 - 6:34 PM

Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier visited with the Rams on Tuesday and next has a pre-draft visit scheduled with the Bills.

Shazier is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound athletic marvel who posted a ludicrous 4.36 forty at Ohio State's pro day. The Bills and Rams could be interested in investing a second-round selection in the Buckeye product. Mike Mayock's No. 5-rated linebacker won't be around in the third.
Apr 1 - 11:04 PM

Ohio State CB Bradley Roby revealed he has pre-draft visits scheduled with the Titans, Steelers, Jets, Bills and Chargers.

Each team has been connected with corners early in the draft. Roby's final season was widely called a disappointment, but we saw bright spots after his rough outing against Jared Abbrederis. The Buckeye was frequently asked to line up 6-10 yards off the line of scrimmage, but he has the physical mentality to play closer to receivers in the NFL.
Apr 1 - 11:23 AM

Asked to identify the draft's biggest LB or DB risk, ESPN's Mel Kiper cited Ohio State CB Bradley Roby.

"Roby is more naturally gifted than he is a great technical corner at this point, and you have to wonder if he'll rely too much on his instincts and talent over the preparation and coaching cues," Kiper wrote. "If he does, he can fall back on some bad habits, namely holding too often and drawing flags. That said, I still like Roby as a first-round pick because he has the talent to be special." Roby (5-foot-11 1/4 and 194 pounds) ran an official 4.39 forty at the NFL Combine and posted a 6.78 second 3-cone drill at his pro day.
Mar 31 - 10:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler still remains a "big fan" of Ohio State senior S Christian Bryant.

"NFL prospect to remember for draft weekend: Ohio State DB Christian Bryant. Was a big fan of his over the summer, missed most of 2013 with injury," Brugler tweeted. Unfortunately for Bryant, he only played in five games last year before breaking his ankle on September 27th. Before the injury, Bryant had 22 tackles and one interception for the season. In his career at OSU, he totaled 171 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles with one fumble recovery, and 23 pass break-ups. Bryant has a shot to be drafted in the 7th round or could be a potential undrafted free agent.
Mar 27 - 11:48 AM

Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde could be a "foundation" back if an NFL team is willing to construct a run-first offense for him, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

Cosell compares Hyde to Le'Veon Bell and "a more laterally explosive" Eddie Lacy. "He's 230 pounds, he's got quick and light feet," Cosell said. "He's got some shiftiness to him. Some deceptive elusiveness. ... He has an excellent combination of burst and wiggle and some natural power." Former NFL player Ross Tucker added that he "really liked" Hyde. Said Tucker: "When in doubt, I would like to go with the young hammerhead... this year that's Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill."
Mar 26 - 11:20 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper says he has never seen a RB break more tackles or pick up more yards after contact as Carlos Hyde.

"You're talking about a kid that can bring it play after play, and is a nightmare to try and tackle, that is Carlos Hyde," Kiper said, after declaring the Buckeye has the most upside of any prospect in the group. Both Kiper and Todd McShay have Hyde as the top ball carrier in this class. Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Hyde just behind Devonta Freeman, but appreciates the bulky backs ability to create yards for himself.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 10:40 AM


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