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NFL Media ranks Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott as the No. 5 preseason Heisman candidate.

"Elliott was dominant down the stretch, rushing for 696 yards and eight TDs as the Buckeyes beat Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, Alabama in a national semifinal and Oregon for the national title," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "When assessing his Heisman hopes, don't forget his quarterback is going to be a legit candidate as well." In the case of Elliott, he arguably has three different options for that criterion. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott went off for 20-220-2 against Wisconsin, 20-230-2 versus Alabama and 36-246-4 across from Oregon.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 7:24 PM

NFL Media pegs whoever wins the Ohio State quarterback gig as one of the premier Heisman candidates in the country.

The site specifically mentioned J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones -- but not Braxton Miller -- which should confirm who they view as the favorites for the gig. "Remember that Barrett beat out Jones when Miller got hurt," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "As for Jones, he had thrown just 16 passes last season before he was pressed into starting duty in the Big Ten championship game. He proceeded to throw for 742 yards and five TDs in three 'elimination games' as the Buckeyes won the national title." NFL.com ranks Ohio State's starting QB -- whoever that ends up being -- as the No. 2 Heisman candidate behind TCU's Trevone Boykin.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 8:07 PM

NFL Media ranks Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott as the No. 6 offensive player in the country.

"For all the talk about the way Cardale Jones performed in three starts at quarterback to close out Ohio State's season, it was Elliott who raised his game even more over the same stretch," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Indeed, Elliott went off for 20-220-2 against Wisconsin, 20-230-2 versus Alabama and 36-246-4 across from Oregon. "This fall, he'll be a staple of the Buckeyes' offense no matter who is at quarterback," wrote Goodbread. The 6-foot, 225-pound Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns last season collectively.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 2:35 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington "could be a breakout candidate moving to the three-technique position that Michael Bennett played last season."

The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty. Because of those measureables, he's just about assured of going higher in the draft than Bennett just did. In fact, NFL.com's Chad Reuter ranked Washington as the No. 14 senior draft prospect heading into the season. An NFL executive told NFL.com in January that Washington "jumps out in tape."
Source: SB Nation
May 23 - 5:06 PM

NFL Media compares Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker to Matt Kalil.

"Decker has grown into his body more at 315 pounds, but has the same lean frame and towers over Big Ten opponents at 6-foot-8 and is also effective stifling pass rushers on the left side," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Kalil stands 6-foot-7, 295 pounds and is similarly athletic and vine-armed.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 4:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore LB Darron Lee is "perfectly playing the role of Ryan Shazier 2.0," writes SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

It's more of a comparison to production as opposed to measurables. Lee is smaller at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, but he could be just as athletic. Lee's instincts and coverage ability are both elite traits or close enough. It would be a surprise if Lee exhausts his collegiate eligibility.
Source: SB Nation
May 23 - 1:16 AM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar believes there is "no clear-cut top quarterback prospect" at the moment.

"Ohio State junior Cardale Jones seems like a player who either might be at the top of the quarterback list or not on it at all," Kadar wrote. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer isn't discussing the competition between Jones, senior Braxton Miller and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett, so it's difficult to predict how it will shake out. "At 6'5 and 250 pounds with an incredible arm, Jones has developmental tools," Kadar wrote. "He just needs reps."
Source: SB Nation
May 22 - 8:21 PM

Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa "is an early frontrunner for best player in the draft," wrote SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

This is the consensus opinion of the industry at the moment. It's a hard position to argue: Bosa has posted an astounding 99 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss and 21 sacks across his first two seasons on campus. "It shouldn't shock anyone if Bosa's numbers drop this season when teams double team him more," Kadar wrote. "He's a relentless players who is equally as good against the run as he is getting after the quarterback."
Source: SB Nation
May 22 - 7:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa compares more to Jared Allen than a JJ Watt.

"I've heard a lot of JJ Watt-Joey Bosa comparisons, but I don't see it. Bosa's traits closer to Jared Allen in my opinion, which is still high praise," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Bosa, while a dominating player in his own right, doesn't have the size that Watt possesses. The Ohio State prospect does have the athleticism and motor to his game, while being super productive early on in his career. Bosa is easily the top prospect going into the 2015 season, and has a shot to be the first overall pick in 2016.
May 22 - 4:05 PM

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


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