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NFL Media ranks Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa as their No. 3 most explosive athletes in College Football.

"Watch any Ohio State game on TV, and you will be startled once or twice each time you watch by how quickly Bosa gets into the backfield. Well, if it startles you while you're watching on TV, imagine the poor quarterback who bears the brunt of Bosa's wrath," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The Ohio State prospect posted 13.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in 2014. Bosa brings the perfect blend of power and athleticism to the table, which is usually too much to handle for opposing tackles.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 3 - 3:14 PM

Braxton Miller plans to stay at Ohio State, according to one source Joe Schad spoke with.

That person said Miller will "continue (to) focus on rehabilitation/recovery." Why is this news surfacing again? Because the Columbus Dispatch recently heard from Miller that he will announce his plans next week. Miller staying at OSU has been the likely conclusion all along.
Jul 2 - 1:46 PM

Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller told the Dispatch he "expects to announce his immediate plans next week."

By all accounts, Miller is nearly fully recovered and cleared from a second shoulder surgery. Head coach Urban Meyer and others have consistently stated Miller will be with OSU this fall and will compete with two quarterbacks for the starting job. Miller's announcement could absolutely back this line of thinking up, or he could transfer and play for another school immediately.
Jul 2 - 11:53 AM

NFL Media ranked OSU graduate QB Braxton Miller No. 1 on their list for College football players with best intangibles.

"In a college football environment in which quarterbacks are impatient and transfers are more common than ever, Miller had a better reason to leave Ohio State than any of them -- and didn't. Once a Heisman Trophy candidate and a two-year star as a starter for the Buckeyes, he might find himself a third-stringer as a senior behind Cardale Jones and, if healthy, J.T. Barrett, who shared the role last year in a national championship run," College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread wrote. It seems as if the Buckeyes' former field general is happy to stay and compete for an opportunity to play quarterback. If Miller is unable to win the job, Ohio State will still find a way to utilize his talents on the field.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa as the No. 2 edge rusher "generating interest from NFL scouts."

He pegged Texas A&M sophomore DE Myles Garrett No. 1, a surprising ranking. "Bosa is a well-proportioned end who can play with good edge-setting strength or with a degree of slipperyness to slide off of blocks and make plays," Zierlein wrote. "Few ends play with as much defensive awareness as Bosa or with the level of coordination he has between his hands and feet. One thing to watch, however, is whether or not Bosa can improve his edge burst, as that will be extremely critical for NFL success." Bosa has recorded 34.5 TFL in two seasons and was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 12:08 PM

Ohio State junior G Pat Elflein made "rapid improvement" over the course of last season and is now a "blocking-sled guard who makes centered contact and churns those feet while generating push to clear the roadways," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein knows offensive lineman, so draftniks should make a note to check out Eflein's play on the interior this year. "Plays with desired agility for lateral movement and does a very nice job of seeing twists and picking them up," he wrote. "Elflein was outstanding against Oregon's talented defensive front in the national title game. If he can play with a little more consistency against the quicker interior defenders, he should generate his fair share of NFL interest when the time is right." Eflein is a returning first-team all-Big Ten guard who started all 15 games last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 11:37 PM

Ohio State junior S Vonn Bell "was one of the top playmakers in the country at safety" by the end of last year, according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

He started out a bit slow after suffering an MCL injury in the spring. Bell (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) ended up ranking second on the Buckeyes' with 92 tackles last year and he chipped in six interceptions and six pass breakups. Brown says Bell is the No. 2 safety in the land.
Jun 29 - 7:10 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple is "the clear top corner here now that Doran Grant is gone," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"One of the big changes for Ohio State last year was the improvement of its secondary after the Buckeyes proved to be too big-play prone in 2013," Brown wrote. "Urban Meyer brought in Chris Ash from Arkansas to fix it as co-defensive coordinator, and Ash was granted the services of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple, who had redshirted upon arriving on campus in 2013." The analyst ranks Apple as the No. 11 corner in the land. Apple had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year.
Jun 29 - 1:48 AM

Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker "looks the part with a well-proportioned frame and a confident demeanor on the field," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Decker plays with above-average body control and shows the ability to redirect and recover to catch slashing defenders no matter which direction they are headed," Zierlein wrote. "Decker is a drive blocker who plays with a good base and pad level." Zierlein ranks Decker as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the country. "He played a critical role in helping the Buckeyes establish their dominance on the ground as the season progressed," Zierlein wrote. "My biggest concern with Decker is he needs to bend and anchor better against bull rushers so he can prove he has what it takes to stand his ground."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 12:01 AM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett "looks the part of an NFL tight end with a sturdy frame and long limbs," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks Vannett as the No. 5 tight end in the nation. "My intrigue with Vannett, quite frankly, has more to do with what he could become rather than his expected production in Urban Meyer's offense, where tight end production can be spotty," Zierlein wrote. "Vannett is a reliable redzone target and needs a little more technique work to take a big step forward as a blocker. With Jeff Heuerman gone, Vannett figures to increase his snap count and continue to prove to NFL talent evaluators why he is one of the best combination tight ends coming out of college football." Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, was stamped with a Rds. 3-5 grade by Walter Football.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 9:26 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett's father believes Braxton Miller should enter camp as the starting quarterback.

"Of course I would love to see my kid start, but for me it always goes back to who was first," Joe Barrett, J.T’s father, said. "If Braxton hadn’t gotten hurt, I would still be waiting for my baby to get the chance to play. I was thankful J.T. got that chance … and we were all blessed that he was ready to compete, but like I have told everybody, I don’t want to see my kid take a position because of the misfortune of someone else. In other words, Braxton should get that position back, then everybody else should go try to take it from him." It's a fair and valid opinion, though we don't think the arbitrary designation of who enters camp with the starter's title will have any bearing over who takes the season's first snap. Astute OSU HC Urban Meyer refuses to discuss the signal-calling depth chart, maintaining that this will be a performance-based competition.
Jun 28 - 8:15 PM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett is the best senior tight end prospect in the country, believes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The analyst pointed out that Vannett actually had more catches last year than Jeff Heuerman, a 2015 third-round pick of the Denver Broncos. "The Buckeyes don't need a lot out of this position given how well they run the ball, but Vannett will get his share of targets," Kiper wrote. Walter Football grades Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
Jun 25 - 8:42 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington could be "a difference-making 3-4 end at the next level."

"Shedding one-on-one blocks and exploding into the backfield throughout the Big Ten season will show scouts he's ready to take the next step, no matter where they want him to line up," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington runs a 4.88 forty and gets off the ball quickly. A former five-star recruit, Washington had four sacks in Ohio State's spring game.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:32 PM

Due to his strength and long frame, Ohio State senior OLB Josh Perry has "an NFL future as a 3-4 pass rusher," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pounder led the Buckeyes with 124 tackles and chipped in 3 sacks and 8.5 TFL last year. That performance earned Perry honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. "Showing scouts those pass-rush skills this fall, to go along with his ability to hold the edge against the run and chase down plays from behind, will only help his draft stock," Reuter wrote. Perry runs a 4.73 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 5:51 PM

Ohio State senior TE Nick Vannett will "become a favorite target for whichever of Urban Meyer's three talented quarterbacks is running the offense in 2015," predicts NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Vannett is taking over the lead tight end spot in the Buckeyes' attack for Jeff Heuerman, who was a 2015 third-round pick of the Denver Broncos. "He has NFL size (6-6, 260) and hands, and enough speed to do more than just move the chains if left unchecked," Reuter wrote. "He even has the agility and willingness as a blocker to handle H-back duties." Walter Football grades Vannett, who posted 19 receptions for 220 yards with five touchdowns in 2014, as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 5:53 PM


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