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Jets selected Ohio State LB Darron Lee with the No. 20 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Lee (6'1/232) left Ohio State following his redshirt sophomore campaign, making 28 career starts and tallying 27.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and three interceptions. Lee eviscerated the Combine, running 4.47 with a highly explosive 11-foot-1 broad jump. A run-and-hit linebacker who even dabbled in slot coverage, Lee needs to clean up his tackling efficiency and get stronger, but he possesses a three-down linebacker's skill set with difference-making potential. Lee projects as an eventual NFL tackle machine if his development stays on track. Lee should push Erin Henderson for snaps this year, and he projects as a replacement for David Harris, who turned 32 in January.
Apr 28 - 10:33 PM

Lions selected Ohio State OT Taylor Decker with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Decker (6'7/310) made 42 starts for the Buckeyes -- all at left tackle -- and earned 2015's Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. Despite his decorated blind-side background, Decker is expected to move to right tackle in the pros due to his struggles with edge speed and average arm length (33 3/4"). To maximize his potential on the right side, Decker needs to get stronger after benching 225 pounds only 20 times at the Combine. Still, he projects as a quality starter at right tackle.
Apr 28 - 10:05 PM

Giants selected Ohio State CB Eli Apple with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Apple (6'1/199) spent two years at Ohio State before turning pro as a redshirt sophomore, sprinkling 22 pass breakups and four INTs across 27 starts. He earned second-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches in 2015, before blazing 4.4-flat at the Combine. One of the youngest players in this year's draft, Apple doesn't turn 21 until August. A favorite of ESPN's Louis Riddick, Apple has upside as a press-man corner and is technically sound enough to play right away.
Apr 28 - 9:28 PM

Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Elliott (6'0/225) emerged from Carlos Hyde's shadow to carry the mail for two years in Columbus, finishing his career with 3,961 yards and 43 TDs on 592 carries (6.69 YPC), adding 58 receptions. Elliott turned in a rock-solid Combine, running 4.47 with a 9-foot-10 broad jump and 32 1/2-inch vertical. On tape, Elliott "runs hot" with fiery competitiveness, and consistently maintains balance with low pad level on contact. Also an NFL-ready pass blocker, Elliott repeatedly stood up Notre Dame's defensive line in blitz pickup during Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl win. An exceptionally young prospect, Elliott won't turn 21 until just before his first NFL training camp.
Apr 28 - 8:44 PM

Chargers selected Ohio State DE Joey Bosa with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bosa (6'5/269) was one of the nation's most dominant pass rushers for the bulk of his college career, tallying 50.5 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, and five forced fumbles as a 37-game starter. Bosa's sacks dipped from 13.5 as a sophomore to 5.0 as a junior, but he commanded consistent double and triple teams and still won Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. Bosa's long arms (33 3/8") are useful in run defense, and his Combine agility scores were elite, posting a running back-like 6.89 three-cone time while showing short-area explosion with a 10-foot broad jump. A power end in the mold of Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Bosa should be an instant impact rookie against both the run and pass.
Apr 28 - 8:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Titans will consider Ohio State LB Josh Perry on Day 2.

"While the feeling from most teams is Perry is best on the inside of a 3-4, there is some belief he could play on the outside in that system," Pauline wrote. The analyst also believes the Titans will strongly consider Braxton Miller in Friday's Rd. 2.
Apr 28 - 6:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "several teams" think Ohio State WR Michael Thomas is "being undervalued and will be a much better NFL receiver than college wideout."

"They point to the fact he was the third and sometimes fourth option on the Buckeyes offense and also look at the advanced statistics (number of times targeted versus number of passes caught)," Pauline wrote. "I'm told the San Diego Chargers have been in contact with Thomas recently. The Cincinnati Bengals also give high grades to the wideout." NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter compares Thomas to DeAndre Hopkins.
Apr 28 - 6:28 PM

The Ravens will consider Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott at No. 6 if T Laremy Tunsil is not available, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline

From where we sit, with the opening of Rd. 1 upon us, it appears that Elliott's availability is a long shot. That's because the Cowboys are reportedly heavily leaning towards him if Jalen Ramsey is taken by the Chargers. The good news is that if Zeke isn't available, it increases the odds that Tunsil is, especially if reports that the Jaguars prefer Ronnie Stanley are true.
Apr 28 - 5:40 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is hearing the Cowboys are debating between Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey at No. 4.

Buckeye DE Joey Bosa appeared to be a heavy favorite to go No. 4 only a week ago, but things have apparently changed. Firstly, the Chargers appear set to bypass Ramsey, who's been reported to be No. 1 on Dallas' board. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly prefers Zeke as his new-age Emmitt Smith. This is going to come down to the wire. Unless, of course, San Diego makes the decision for them by opting for Ramsey.
Apr 28 - 4:59 PM

ESPN Nation Chargers beat reporter Eric Williams reports San Diego will draft a quarterback sometime after the No. 3 pick.

We assume it will happen long after the No. 3 pick, on Day 3. San Diego wants a developmental prospect to groom while Philip Rivers's career winds down. Williams tossed out Ohio State's Cardale Jones as a prospect the Chargers worked out.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 1:34 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel claims the "feeling" around the NFL is the Cowboys will select Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

"The head coach is pushing hard for that pick," Gabriel claims. We think it sounds more like a Jerry Jones pick, selecting the splash player who will post production despite last year's average running backs look at least adequate behind the Cowboys' line. All along it has been assumed the Cowboys' top prospect is Jalen Ramsey, but the Cowboys have been known to pull an audible on draft day despite what the board tells them.
Apr 28 - 11:43 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Sid Hartman expects the Vikings to "make every effort to take one of four outstanding" Ts in the first round.

Those four names are Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Jack Conklin and Taylor Decker. Hartman also suggest a safety at No. 23 if the Vikings can not trade up from No. 23. The Vikings have been linked to nearly every receiver, and for that reason Hartman thinks the team will move in a different direction. Hartman has nailed the last two first round picks for the Vikings.
Apr 28 - 10:51 AM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he's worried about Ohio State CB Eli Apple because he "has no life skills. At all. He can't cook."

The inane quote sparked Twitter comedy gold on Wednesday, with Apple's mother Annie tweeting the following in response: "Eli's dad is a retired five star chef. We eat well. So stop playing with our name. Next time you say our name, put some respeck on it." Ezekiel Elliott then joined in the fun: "Eli has made me some fire fried chicken and mac and cheese. The source seems to be pretty unreliable." Replied Apple himself: "Glad to know someone appreciates my cooking." As for scouts speaking to Apple's actual, you know, football playing ability, one was quoted as saying: "He got beat probably more than you want but he's got tremendous upside. He is too young (20) to be coming out but he is so you've got to project what he's going to be. I think he's going to be a pretty high-level starter."
Apr 27 - 6:50 PM

Cleveland, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, is discussing trade scenarios for the No. 8 pick with teams interested in moving up to take Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

We assume the Browns would trade the pick to a team that wanted someone else, too, but it is notable that RapSheet specifically mentions Zeke. We think Elliott is most likely to go anywhere from the Browns pick at No. 8 to the Dolphins' pick at No. 13. It's possible that Miami is currently trying to ascertain how much it would take to hop the Bears and Giants to get up to No. 8 and guarantee themselves a player they're known to covet.
Apr 27 - 6:36 PM

The Steelers want Ohio State CB Eli Apple at No. 25 overall, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.

Apple may or may not be available at that time, but the Steelers should have plenty of attractive DB options to choose from when they get on the clock. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves is reportedly dropping down boards and Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom mocks him to Pittsburgh at No. 25. Other options, depending on how the board shakes out, are Houston CB William Jackson III, Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander, and West Virginia S Karl Joseph.
Apr 27 - 4:48 PM


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