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Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman wonders whether Ohio State junior DE Nick Bosa's outspokenness on Twitter could hurt his draft stock.

Bosa has not been afraid to offer hot takes -- for lack of a better term -- on the social media website, and Freeman notes that many of the Ohio State star's posts have shades of political tones to them. "Athletes should speak their minds on social and political issues. We need more players like Bosa," writes Freeman. "That's my opinion. But it isn't one that NFL teams and some fans have shared in recent years." It's Bosa's play on the field that likely makes him one of the first players off the board in 2019, but it'll be interesting to see how active the defender is on social media when we get closer to draft day.
May 21 - 1:35 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins will "get the first opportunity to be the starter."

This shouldn't come as a huge surprise after Haskins' main competition, Joe Burrow, decided to transfer out last week. Speaking at the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club on Monday, Meyer reminisced about the impressive spot performance Haskins delivered against Michigan after J.T. Barrett was forced out with a knee injury in the most recent incarnation of The Game. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound redshirt sophomore connected on 6-of-7 passes for 94 yards while rushing for 24 yards in that emergency showing. Espousing Haskins' virtues on Monday, Meyer said that he possesses a "great release" to pair with "good size" and respectable mobility. Assuming all goes off without a hitch in August camp, our first opportunity to see Haskins start will come when the Buckeyes open against Oregon State on Sept. 1 a few months down the road.
May 16 - 11:23 AM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore S Wayne Davis will transfer.

Davis (6'0/195) is pushing out of Columbus after seeing the field in just two games during the 2017 campaign. He initially came to campus as a four-star recruit in the 2016 class, ranking as the No. 25 corner prospect for the cycle by Rivals metrics. He'll be required to sit out the upcoming season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations -- assuming that he sticks in the FBS -- and will have two years eligibility remaining with his program-to-be once he's again cleared to take the field in 2019.
May 11 - 12:02 PM

Ohio State junior RB Demario McCall logged 165 yards receiving and two touchdowns during the team's spring game.

McCall's fine output in the earlier exhibition was enough to help seal the deal with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, who tagged him as the Buckeyes' spring breakout performer. The 5-foot-9, 176-pounder is one of several candidates jostling for significant carries at H-back this season. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill already hold an edge there, though, and it's possible that McCall may just end up somewhat lost in the backwash of a river of talent. It doesn't help matters that he's had to battle several injury concerns during his time on campus.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 4:20 PM

With the transfer announcement of Ohio State redshirt junior QB Joe Burrow, redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins should now be considered the frontrunner to start this year.

Haskins technically remains in competition with redshirt freshman Tate Martell, but for all intents and purposes now that Burrow's out of the picture, it's his starting job unless he has an unexpected stumble in August camp or runs into some sort of health issue. There were corners of the OSU universe which were calling for Haskins to start over J.T. Barrett during the 2017 season, though that did not ultimately come to pass. In his most extensive spot of work last fall, he hit on 6-of-7 passes for 94 yards versus Michigan (plus 24 rushing yards) after Barrett was forced out with a knee injury. Ohio State has all kinds of skill-position toys for Haskins to play around with assuming he does win the starting job this summer.
May 8 - 3:01 PM

Ohio State signed four-star 2018 LB K'Vaughan Pope in February.

Pope (6'2/210) was considering several high-profile schools along with the Buckeyes, including Florida, Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. He ranks ninth among inside linebackers on 247 Sports composite list, and was the fourth best player in the state of Virginia in their rankings. Pope likely redshirts behind the loaded Ohio State defense, but based on reports, this is a high profile player that could make an impact in the future for the Buckeyes.
Source: Land Of 10
May 7 - 4:46 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior WR K.J. Hill (shoulder) did not participate in spring practice.

Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer said that this was the expectation at the beginning of March and he proved to be a man of his word. The 6-foot, 200-pound Hill caught 56 passes for 549 yards and three touchdowns last season and should be healthy for the start of August camp. As for where exactly he'll line up on the field, consider that TBD. Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises views Hill's cleanest role for the Buckeyes during the upcoming season coming at outside receiver rather than H-back, as he'd like Demario McCall and Parris Campbell to see the bulk of touches at that position. Just what the Buckeyes offense will look like for the fall is something we are eagerly anticipating
May 6 - 12:19 PM

Saints signed Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett.

A dual-threat four-year contributor at OSU, Barrett never had the looks of an NFL passer. He will be a pure project for Sean Payton's Saints, one who would do well to make the practice squad out of training camp.
May 3 - 5:31 PM

Raiders signed Ohio State TE Marcus Baugh.

Baugh (6’4/247) made 29 starts for the Buckeyes, logging a career 55/607/11.0/8 receiving line with five TDs on 28 receptions as a senior. Baugh’s forty time disappointed (4.83) at the Combine, however, and he tested out as a sluggish 20th-percentile athlete. On tape, Baugh failed to run fluid routes, showed below-average hands, and wasn’t a standout blocker. Baugh would do well to carve out a C.J. Uzomah-like career as a No. 2/3 tight end.
May 2 - 7:10 PM

Bengals signed Ohio State LB Chris Worley.

Worley (6’1/238) made 24 starts in the Buckeyes’ linebacker corps, tallying 11 career tackles for loss, two sacks, and three forced fumbles. Worley’s main assets are his special teams experience and versatility, making starts at all three linebacker positions as a senior. A well-below-par athlete with 4.86 speed and a 29 ½-inch vertical, Worley’s NFL ceiling is low.
May 2 - 6:57 PM

Titans signed Ohio State S Damon Webb.

Webb (5’11/209) started each of his final two seasons with the Buckeyes, graduating with four career tackles for loss and six interceptions and twice earning honorable mention All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches. Webb replaced Malik Hooker as Ohio State’s single-high centerfielder in 2017 and flourished, also showing some ability to hang with slot receivers in man coverage. Webb ran 4.61/4.62 before the draft and isn’t an elite athlete, but he should contribute early on special teams and offers low-end starter potential down the line.
May 2 - 5:38 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso ranked Ohio State junior DE Nick Bosa as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 2018 draft made headlines for its top-heavy quarterback class, but in 2019, it's going to be the defensive line which will be receiving the love. Each of Trapasso's top four prospects -- Bosa, Ed Oliver, Rashan Gary, Dexter Lawrence -- are linemen and we could potentially see as many as seven go off the board within the first 10 picks. For his part, Bosa registered 34 tackles (16.5 for loss) and 8.5 sacks last season. Making matters all the more impressive, that destructive action came while working in rotation.
Source: CBS Sports
May 2 - 1:06 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 S Bryson Shaw, who had previously been committed to Wisconsin.

Shaw decommitted from Wisconsin on Saturday, and he pledged to the Buckeyes not long after. He reportedly was also considering offers from Maryland, Duke, Virginia and Tennessee; among others. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound safety ranks 53rd among the position on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 13th among players in the state of Maryland.
Source: Land of 10
May 1 - 1:59 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists Ohio State freshman DT Tommy Togiai as a potential impact player in 2018 as an early enrollee.

VanHaaren notes that Togiai wasn't the highest rated defensive tackle in Ohio State's class -- that would be Taron Vincent, ESPN's top rated player at the position -- but Togiai has size (6'3/292) and strength that could allow him to play early for the Buckeyes -- especially after getting in spring practices. "Ranked as the No. 4 tackle in the country, Togiai has already been showing impressive ability inside for the Buckeyes," writes VanHaaren. "He could help fill a big need on the depth chart as the staff is losing quite a bit up front defensively from last season."
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 7:44 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Cade Stover.

Stover took a visit to Ohio State on April 20. He must have liked what he saw. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound edge-rusher was also considering Oklahoma, Michigan Notre Dame and Penn State, just to name a few. With Stover's commitment -- as well as five-star WR Garrett Wilson -- Ohio State now ranks eighth in 247 Sports rankings of the top recruiting classes, and second in the Big Ten behind Michigan.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM


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