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Ohio State redshirt senior QB J.T. Barrett said that he returned for the 2017 season in part because, "For the NFL, the impression of me wasn’t where I wanted it to be."

"That was the main thing. There were definitely things out there I could enhance or improve," Barrett said. He is hopeful that new OSU QB coach Ryan Davis -- who coached with both the Eagles and 49ers -- can help fine-tune him for the pro ranks. "Being that I want to play in the NFL," Barrett explained, "he’s giving me the tools in order to help do so." After completing 64.6% of his passes in 2014, his percentage has dropped in each of the past two seasons, bottoming out at 61.5% in 2016. Even with 2016 being a notable down season, he still finished the campaign with 2,555 yards passing, 845 yards rushing and 33 total touchdowns. He figures to be in the Heisman conversation for the coming season if he can put together a more consistent overall body of work.
Source: Land of 10
May 23 - 4:41 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker compared Ohio State five-star 2018 verbal QB commit Emory Jones to Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson.

"Perhaps Jones is not as fast and dynamic as last year year’s Heisman Trophy winner, but he is plenty explosive and a big-play threat in the open field," Tucker writes, adding that "[b]oth have live arms and can make the throws when settled, but their athleticism and ability to improvise when the original play breaks down is most appealing." The 6-foot-4, 179-pound Jones ranks as ESPN's No. 2 dual-threat quarterback prospect for the 2018 cycle. The Worldwide Leader sees Penn State QB commit Justin Fields as the No. 1 dual-threat gunslinger in the upcoming class. Should both players live up to their potential, we could have some fun match-ups between the two several years down the road.
May 16 - 10:59 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren note that Ohio State freshman RB J.K. Dobbins was "turning heads all spring."

Murphy and VanHaaren weren't the only ones impressed by Dobbins' work this offseason, as Cleveland.com's Bill Landis wrote near the end of March that the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder "looked explosive through spring drills." More important than what the pundits are saying, Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer has indicated that Dobbins will have a legitimate chance to work his way into the backup role behind Mike Weber in August camp (he looks to be fighting it out with Demario McCall for that role). The four-star frosh is an explosive athlete, having registered a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds and a 43.1-inch vertical leap during testing at The Opening last summer.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 10:32 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Josh Helmholdt, Adam Friedman and Woody Wommack pass along that Ohio State four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Jaelen Gill (leg) is "nearly back to where we saw him at this time last year."

Gill missed a large chunk of time during his junior season at Westerville South High (Ohio) due to a broken leg, but he looks to be close to full health, now. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder took part in the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series in Columbus on Sunday, when he "kept getting better as the day wore on," according to the trio of Rivals analysts and "got more comfortable, creating more and more separation with defenders tasked with covering him." The outlet ranks him as the No. 44 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 16 - 10:17 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren believe that "it wouldn’t be surprising to see" Ohio State freshman DE Chase Young make an early impact.

"Young could be a terror on the edge for the Buckeyes as early as this season," the pair of analysts write. The 6-foot-5, 226-pounder ranked as Rivals No. 8 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He offers up a strong blend of speed and balance which help him to work his way around and through bulkier, less nimble offensive linemen. During his final season in high school, he upped the ante with his work against the run, so we are not just looking at a pass-rushing specialist, here.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:46 PM

The Dallas Cowboys submitted a bid to host the 2018 NFL Draft.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team has offered the NFL use of both AT&T Stadium and The Star, the club's headquarters in Frisco, Texas, about 40 miles away from Arlington. "They know how we can configure for X-amount of people," Jones said. "Then they'll come back to us with what they want which night. We don't know exactly what they'll want to do. We're waiting to hear on that." This year, the draft was held in Philadelphia after two years in Chicago.
Source: NFL.com
May 15 - 1:14 PM

Ohio State four-star 2018 verbal ATH commit Jaiden Woodbey is considering taking official visits to Oklahoma and TCU.

While Woodbey does not appear to be closing off his recruitment completely, he remains solidly in Ohio State's corner. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder told Rivals that he "feel[s] like when I get there I will be able to make an impact as soon as I get there. My DB play is similar to what they want. I can be a big corner or be a big safety." He lands at No. 61 overall on the outlet's master list.
Source: Rivals
May 14 - 12:59 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Josh Helmholdt and Adam Friedman would like to see a strong senior season from Ohio State four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Jaelen Gill, who broke his leg during the 2016 campaign.

Gill missed the bulk of the past season at Westerville South High while rehabbing from the broken leg, leading Helmholdt and Friedman to forward a few hypothetical questions. "Will he regain the explosiveness? Can he be as smooth and effortless as he has looked in the past? Has the rest of the talent in the region caught up to him?" they ask. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder -- No. 44 overall on Rivals -- has an immediate chance to show his recovery, as he will be participating in the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series in Columbus on Sunday.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Ohio State junior LB Jerome Baker No. 23 overall on his 2018 big board.

"The 6-1, 215-pound Baker fits today's NFL, where size doesn't matter as much as it used to. He's not a traditional linebacker, but he's fast, can cover pass-catchers, rush the passer and is always in the middle of the action," Kiper wrote. Baker, ranked as the No. 41 player nationally by Rivals coming out of high school, posted 3.5 sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 9.5 TFL last fall. Baker's 84.0 run-defense grade was one of the highest that PFF gave a Big Ten linebacker in 2016.
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 2:17 PM

Land of 10's Ben Axelrod speculates that Ohio State sophomore RB Demario McCall could see a similar role to that of former Indiana RB Devine Redding in OC Kevin Wilson's system.

McCall said in March that the team could utilize him in the H-back role that Curtis Samuel took on, but he did not receive practice reps at the position this spring. Axelrod forwards an interesting possibility for the 5-foot-9, 176-pounder -- that of a 1B back to Mike Weber's 1A. New OC Kevin Wilson utilized such an approach with Jordan Howard and Devine Redding at Indiana in 2015. McCall was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and finished his freshman year having rushed for 270 yards (5.5 YPC) and three touchdowns.
Source: Land of 10
May 11 - 5:30 PM

The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May reports that Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Joshua Norwood will transfer.

Per May, Norwood is "believed to be headed to Georgia Southern." Rivals ranked him as the No. 44 cornerback recruit in the country for the 2015 cycle. After taking a redshirt as a freshman, he came on to record eight tackles while appearing in 11 games for the past campaign. He worked mostly on special teams. He was unable to make a dent on the Ohio State depth chart this spring, despite Ohio State's annual draft exodus in the secondary.
May 9 - 5:34 PM

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson likens redshirt sophomore DT Dre'Mont Jones to Tamba Hali.

Johnson coached Hali at Penn State. "He’s close to Tamba Hali," said Johnson. "He would run all day long and Dre’Mont can run like a running back. He can really – very smooth, transitional player. And he’s in great shape." Jones played in all 13 games last season, posting 52 tackles and four TFL. "Dre'Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us," HC Urban Meyer said. "Inside guys [on the defensive line], probably Dre'Mont is the most improved." Ohio State's defensive line is downright fearsome.
Source: Scout.com
May 9 - 12:28 PM

In his May release of the top-25, ESPN's Mark Schlabach slotted Ohio State at No. 1.

Former No. 1 Alabama drops to No. 3 in Schlabach's rankings, with Florida State sitting snug between the Buckeyes and Tide. The Buckeyes atop a rankings set is old hat for Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, who assigned them the pole position in his springtime top-30 earlier this offseason. Wrote Nystrom at the time, "The defense lost LB Raekwon McMillan, CB Gareon Conley and S Malik Hooker to early declaration, but returns plenty, including young stars DE Nick Bosa and LB Jerome Baker." Rotoworld's CFB analyst also likes QB J.T. Barrett to take a step forward into the Heisman conversation after posting an up-and-down 2016 season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 3:59 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior WR Johnnie Dixon caught six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Ohio State tends to be one of the more youth-heavy teams in the country simply due to their near-constant draft turnover, making redshirt junior wideout Dixon something of an old man on campus. The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder was a four-star recruit coming out of the high school ranks, but injury concerns have largely derailed his career. To date, Dixon has caught just seven passes for 55 yards in his time with the Buckeyes. Whether he will be able to maintain his hot spring and turn it into a chance for legit playing time through August camp remains to be seen.
Source: FOX Sports
May 5 - 8:11 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Raiders a "B" for their draft.

The Raiders have drawn grades of "B" or higher from Rotoworld's NFL guru for each of the last three drafts. In the case of the 2017 affair, Silva believes that Ohio State CB Gareon Conley (No. 24), UConn S Obi Melifonwu (No. 56), UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes (No. 88) and Wake Forest LB Marquel Lee (No. 168) could all be early contributors in their NFL careers. "More often than not," Silva writes, "the rich get richer in the NFL draft. The Raiders have established themselves amongst the rich." No argument from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who slides Oakland an "A" grade. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke offers a more conservative "B-," but on the whole, strong work by Oakland.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 6:36 PM


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