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Draft Results

The 2013 draft has come and gone and for the most part it went off with few surprises at least as far as the Buckeyes are concerned. Of the 9 Buckeyes who declared only three were drafted. Jonathan Hankins went in the second round to the Giants, John Simon went in the fourth to the Ravens, and Reid Fragel went in the seventh to the Bengals.

Recruiting ahoy, quarterbacks edition!

The big news of the week is that the Buckeyes offered two scholarships to Kyle Allen and shortly after offered one to Brandon Harris. Both of them are rated 4* by 247sports.com. The interesting thing about these is that Kyle Allen is not the typical dual-thread style QB we’ve come to expect from Urban Meyer. There’s no doubt Allen has the skills to be a great college quarterback but it will be interesting to see how Meyer might use him if things progress that far.

Another dual threat QB was offered a scholarship today, Zach Darlington out of Florida.

Kyle Allen highlights

Meyer weary of playoff format

Urban Meyer is somewhat apprehensive of the new playoff system believing it could lead to a snowball effect where are more and more teams are added to it. “I think it’s great. I’m not complaining, and I hope we can get involved in it. I hope Ohio State is good enough,” Meyer said. “But then they’re going to want to go to eight teams, and then, ‘Let’s go 64.’ And you can’t do that with major college football. So I just worry where it stops.” Personally, I think that’s sort of a flimsy argument. College football is never going to be like basketball, that’s just logistically not going to happen. With the current deals in place we’re locked into 4 teams for the next 12 years I believe. Let’s let this play off for a little bit before we start worrying about things that haven’t happened yet.

NCAA bans hashtags on the field

#good #annoying #  #thishasgottostop

Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarrett, together again at last

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Jim Tressel participated in a charity basketball game with Maurice Clarrett and his Charity Comeback Project. Tressel said about being asked to participate, ““It’s one of the blessings about growing up in Ohio, and I’m sure everyone has pride in where they grew up,” Tressel said. “Our good folks never forget about one another, and they invest their most valuable things, which is their time to help their communities.”

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College Football Playoff name revealed

The long awaited playoff in college football is becoming a reality as conference commissioners have decided on the name of the new playoff game. What name would they settle on? Something inspirational, something captivating, something… memorable? Nope. It will be called, “The College Football Playoff”. Voting has been opened up at the aptly named collegefootballplayoff.com website where you can vote on the logo from four equally uninspired designs. Truly democracy at its most boring.

Steve Rohlik named new OSU hockey coach

Rohlik brings 16 years of experience as a DI coach including the last three as associate head coach in Columbus. Before becoming a Buckeye he was a part of the Minnesota Duluth team for ten years including 2 tournament appearances as well as a trip to the Frozen Four.

Jonathan Hankins looks forward to the draft

Hankins, who was once a top twenty draft prospect has seen his stock go down over the last week. Now, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has him as a top sixteen prospect… In the second round. Despite that, Hankins has kept his confidence up. Kiper pointed out that Hankins’ production was not as good this year as last. Says Hankins, “When they ask me about that (drop-off in production), I tell them we went undefeated as a team in 2012 and I was a big part of that,”

Reid Fragel confident in his NFL future

Coming off his private workout with the Bengals last week, Reid Fragel said it was ‘Awesome’ and that they said he improved his draft stock with the team. The former tight end has only been playing tackle for a year but despite that he is extremely confident in his skills. “This whole time, not to sound cocky, but I was confident in my ability to become an NFL tackle,” Fragel said. “That’s been a one-year project, and a credit to the coaches I’ve worked with.” Currently Fragel is ranked the 14th tackle and the 147th overall pick.

Jamarco Jones gets visit from OSU

In the never ending world of college football recruitment, the Buckeyes are making strides after one of their most important prospects. It looks like Meyer is bringing the house when it comes to Jones, going after the offensive tackle from Illinois hard. Jones just tweeted out 3 hours ago that he had spoken with Urban Meyer himself. Rivals gives Jones a 4 star rating and his position is one of the most important OSU needs to shore up going forward.

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HERE’S THE DEAL, I’M THE BEST THERE IS. I MEAN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, I PISS SPIRALS. So last week at Ohio State’s Pro Day for NFL scouts, Troy Smith was there to play a little catch with Jake Stoneburner. As always is the case anytime Troy Smith and the NFL, the Browns get mentioned. As much as I love Troy, I wonder if his days have come and gone. If it wasn’t for that freak sickness the year the Ravens drafted Flacco, things might have been different. Oh well.

But asked if he could still sling it in the NFL, Troy Smith still exudes confidence:

Troy Smith said he always has been able to “roll out of bed and throw spirals, what can I say,” but today the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner rolled out of retirement for a while and put on a passing show during Ohio State’s pro day.

He’s still got it.

I BELIEVE THE PROPER RESPONSE IS “BRING IT, DON’T SING IT”: Curtis Grant, doing a Q&A with ohisotatebuckeyes.com was asked about the status of the defense that has to replace a number of starters from the 2012 squad. He says:

“We’re coming, that’s all they need to know. The defense is coming together and we’re going to keep working hard.”

We want to believe. Now we need to see.

BEANIE UNLEASHED: Per the man himself, Chris “Beanie” Wells has been released by the Arizona Cardinals:

For all the NFL scouts out there in our readership, there’s a reason why we dubbed Beanie’s Stiff-arm the “Stiff Arm of Justice“. Do the right thing.

ALL-EVERYTHINGS: Deshaun Thomas was named to the Sporting News’ Second Team All-American squad. Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were named to the All-Big Ten Team by the media (Craft was bumped for Hardaway Jr. by the coaches which: LOL). Victor Oladipo edged out Aaron Craft as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. I guess I can’t argue with that, but I’d still rather have Aaron Craft over Oladipo or Burke (the Big Ten Player of the Year).

My eyes have seen the Glory of the Craft.

ALSO: Vote in the Big Ten Networks Dunks of the Year Bracket.

Breaking Down the 2013 Ohio State Draft Class

Ohio State has a long-standing tradition of producing quality NFL talent. Since 2000, the program has produced more NFL draft picks than any other school, as 83 Buckeyes have had their names called by NFL teams since the new millennium. Though the program is not graduating any players who will be drafted in the top ten, a number of Buckeyes might be receiving phone calls before the name of Mr. Irrelevant is called on Saturday, April 27.

Below is a rundown of the ten Buckeyes who have a legitimate shot to be drafted or signed as a free agent soon after. Each player saw significant playing time at Ohio State, and has a chance to make an impact, to varying degrees, in the NFL.

Jonathan Hankins: Leading this year’s Ohio State draft class is Jonathan Hankins. The defensive tackle decided in December that the grass was greener in the NFL and bypassed his senior year for a chance to play in the pros. According to Dane Bugler of CBSSports.com, Hankins is a lineman with a “rare combination” of size, foot speed and strength. Hankins had a stellar junior year. In his second year as a starter, Hankins racked up 55 tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack. Big Hank was versatile at the position, demonstrating that he can fit into either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme in the NFL. He defends the run well and possesses good awareness and instincts. He will most likely be picked towards the end of the first round or at the start of the second. Hankins is not the best defensive tackle in this year’s draft class, but will make a nice prize for the team that chooses him.

John Simon: Few fans of the Scarlet and Gray can forget John Simon. The dedicated Buckeye who plays with passion and drive, Simon made a reputation for himself in Columbus. He was a consistent playmaker at OSU who could be relied upon for energy and big plays. Despite all of Simon’s positive qualities, he faces a challenge in the NFL. Too small to play defensive line and too big to play linebacker, he has already been deemed a “tweener.” In spite of this, Simon is an intriguing prospect for NFL scouts. Simply looking at his stats during his senior season could give a quarterback a case of the jitters. Simon totaled 44 tackles, nine sacks (first in the Big Ten), and 14.5 tackles for loss. He garnered the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year awards for his efforts. The intense lineman also earned All-Big Ten and 3rd team AP All-American honors. Over the course of his career, he started 37 consecutive games over three seasons before suffering a minor knee injury in the week prior to the Michigan game.
Known for his non-stop motor, Simon is a great tackler with “excellent recognition skills.” A relentless player, Simon is dedicated on and off the football field. Head coach Urban Meyer compared the talented athlete’s work ethic to that of the coach’s well-known quarterback at Florida– Tim Tebow. But as stated before, Simon is too small to play defensive line as he did as a Buckeye. This will hurt his draft stock. He will get used to sitting back in coverage and running one-on-one with backs and tight ends. This will be a major adjustment. In Pro Bowl practice, he looked like a “fish out of water,” according to Bugler. Simon doesn’t yet have the footwork needed to succeed at linebacker. He will need coaching to become a mainstay at the position. Regardless, Simon’s remarkable work ethic and motor will likely earn him a spot on an NFL roster. He is currently projected as a third rounder.

Etienne Sabino- Many thought when Sabino chose the Bucks that he would join a long line of great Ohio State linebackers. But the five star recruit out of high school never seemed to put it all together in college. Not to say that Sabino didn’t have a solid career, but he didn’t become the all-star he was projected to be. He also missed much of his senior year with a broken fibula. Sabino did manage 45 tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two interceptions in eight games, though. There are many NFL greats who didn’t shine in college. Sabino has the raw athletic ability to succeed in the pros. The linebacker “flies all over the field” and blitzes well downhill. Though he has to improve at processing information and taking good angles, Sabino will likely be taken around the fifth round.

Reid Fragel- The most memorable characteristic of Reid Fragel is his height. Standing at 6’8 and 310 pounds, Fragel is an imposing figure. A converted tight end, the Grosse Point Farms (MI) native played offensive tackle during Meyer’s inaugural season at Ohio State. Fragel recognized that tight ends don’t usually play a large role in Meyer’s offensive scheme, so Fragel made the transition to offensive tackle. He added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, bulking up while keeping his quickness. The switch was ultimately successful, as he provided a solid senior presence on the offensive line. Fragel performed well this season, never relenting his starting role. But going into the NFL, he is at a bit of a disadvantage. As one would imagine, his technique at the offensive tackle position is not refined to a professional level. But with time, Fragel can develop into a solid offensive tackle. One potential worry is an undisclosed injury that held him out of the Senior Bowl, but Fragel probabaly will still go off the board around the fifth or sixth round.

Zach Boren- Another player who flip-flopped positions his senior year, Zach Boren established himself as a leader at linebacker as the season wore on. Originally a fullback, Boren transitioned to linebacker early in the 2012 campaign, as Meyer’s offense doesn’t typically call for a bruising back. Since Boren played linebacker in high school, he soon readjusted to the position. He became a mainstay of OSU’s talented defense, growing into a fearless inside linebacker. Boren showed good awareness and agility at the position, posting impressive stats. He racked up 50 tackles, a sack and five tackles for loss en route to being named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Due to his late switch, it is unlikely that Boren will be drafted until the later rounds. At the very least, Boren should get a chance with an NFL squad as a special teams player, thanks to his tenacity and drive.

Jake Stoneburner- Though he did flirt with other positions, Jake Stoneburner was mostly used as a tight end at OSU. A tall, athletic player talented at catching and blocking, Stoneburner saw time as a tight end, H-back, fullback and wide receiver at Ohio State. While he didn’t rack up monumental stats his senior year (16 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns), Stoneburner displayed a number of good qualities, such as “smooth” footwork, “tenacity” as a blocker and “excellent” body control. He had a good enough career as a Buckeye to at least earn a chance with an NFL team as a late-round flier. But repeated holding penalties and limited stats will hinder his draft stock. Right now, he is projected as a sixth to seventh round pick.

Travis Howard- A cornerback with some definite talent but some significant shortcomings, Travis Howard is a player who has the talent to play in the NFL but needs some work. Howard enjoyed a solid career with the Bucks, especially during his senior season. He recorded 40 tackles, six passes defensed and a Big Ten best four interceptions, earning him Honorable All-Big Ten honors. As he displayed in 2012, Howard has good ball skills and foot quickness. Though a bit lean for a cornerback at 6’1 and 198 pounds, Howard makes good reads and is aggressive in run support. But the playmaker has to work on his timing, positioning and discipline. He has the potential to be a contributor in the NFL, but must fix these areas of his game. Howard looks to be a third day pick, as he will likely go in the seventh round.

Nathan Williams- A defensive line/linebacker hybrid, Nathan Williams is, in a way, a lesser-known version John Simon. Williams is a physical tackler who plays with a lot of energy just like Simon, though Williams struggled with a knee injury during his time at Ohio State. He missed the 2011 season because of his knee, but worked his way back into the lineup in 2012. By the end of his senior campaign, Williams looked fully healthy. He certainly played like it, notching 40 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss on the year. Scouts may doubt about his ability to stay healthy, but Williams could improve his draft stock with a good Combine. As of now, he is projected to either be picked in the seventh round or go undrafted.

Orhian Johnson- A versatile safety who had to fight for playing time at Ohio State, Orhian Johnson is an intriguing prospect. During his career as a Buckeye, he not only played both safety positions, but also spent time at outside linebacker and cornerback. Though he often had to battle for playing time with higher-ranked recruits, Johnson always found a way onto the field. His size and athleticism certainly had something to do with that. With the talent he displayed at OSU, he could be a solid special teams player in the pros. But Johnson has some obstacles to overcome if he expects to play on defense. He needs to add some muscle, eliminate the “dumb” penalties he has been known to incur and also take better angles in run support. Still, Johnson should earn a spot on an NFL roster, whether he is taken very late in the draft or signed as an undrafted free agent.
Garrett Goebel- As a defensive tackle for the Bucks, Garrett Goebel posted impressive stats. During his senior season, he compiled 86 tackles, two sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. Goebel flew under the radar, though, as he was not well-known as a Buckeye. He has not been noticed too much by scouts, either. Though he started every game of his junior and senior seasons, Goebel will most likely not be drafted. He still has a shot to be picked up by a team via free agency, though. Goebel will have to establish himself on special teams or on the practice squad before he gets a major opportunity with an NFL team.

Information from CBSSports.com, OhioStateBuckeyes.com and NFL.com was used in this article. Phrases in quotation marks are words used by Dan Bugler of CBSSports.com.

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RECRUITS, RECRUITS EVERYWHERE AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK. As you all are acutely aware, yesterday was National Signing Day, the day that I like to call my birthday-eve-eve, but it is a bonanza for those people who love to follow football recruiting, including our own Slyvester-Yon Rambo. SYR put in 10+ hours of work here around the site, for which we are eternally grateful. Among his work included following Mark Pantoni as he updated his twitter feed as Letters of Intent poured in. He posted new player profiles of Vonn Bell and James Clark, to HUGE gets from Urban and a repost of Ezekiel Elliot’s profile as he reconfirmed his commitment to Ohio State. Again, a HUGE thanks to SYR for his hard work.

On top of that, MotSaG’s multimedia editor, Kade, put together a video of a handful of the more exciting recruits that is basically 6 minutes of drool worthy talent, all coming to Ohio State. James Clark looks like his SPD is 99.

There were a lot of heroes on the OSU coaching staff on the recruiting trail, but Tom Herman’s work landing three great players from Texas was most definitely a coup for the Buckeyes, who usually don’t look to Texas very much for players. Kyle over at Eleven Warriors has a great write up of Herman’s work ethic and determination:

So what’s been Herman’s magic elixir in brining talented Texans more than 1,000 miles away from home to a less than desirable climate? Those three words: persistence, reputation and luck.

Man, I hope Urban can hold on to his assistants for as long as possible.

RECRUITING: WHO WORE IT BETTER, HOKE OR MEYER? Adam Jacobi over at the Bleacher Report compared the two recruiting classes from Michigan and Ohio State, looking to see who got better talent and who filled more talent holes. Spoiler alert: Meyer is better.

What makes this class truly great is what purpose it serves for Ohio State’s needs, however, and there it grades out at a near-perfect 4.22: six “A+”s, three “A”s. Every single signing makes sense in terms of pure talent and what Ohio State needs to accomplish in the coming years.

Ok, that’s not a spoiler, you already knew that.

“ENJOY THE BIG TEN!” That would be someone in Vanderbilt’s War Room after Von Bell announced his intention to sign with Ohio State.

Bell had Vanderbilt on his list, but it was not among the favorites. Franklin knew that, so he tailored his message to Bell when he met with him.

“Let me tell you,” Franklin said. “Ohio State would be a heck of a choice.”

A heck of a choice, indeed.

A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR. SCORER. SCHOLAR. WHATEVER. Congratulations to Deshaun Thomas for earning the Ohio State Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award (awarded to student athletes who maintain a 3.0 GPA and while participating on a varisty team)

ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Seven Buckeyes have been invited to the NFL combine, held later this month in Indianapolis. Biggest surprise is that Travis Howard was not invited. WFNY has the list.

Get your football fix Open Thread

We’re planning on taking the kids to their first Spring Game today, so I doubt I’ll be able to watch much of it before they get bored, but the DVR will be working overtime so I can catch it on my own. Are you planning on going?

We’ll also be watching the NFL draft with interest when we get back!

Update: Spring game (the half I’ve seen already was great) but I just came in from some yardwork and saw that Beanie fell all the way down to the 31st pick? That was unexpected, to say the least.

Quick Hits

CavaliersOSU FootballOSU LogoOhio State beats Wisconsin 61-57 in the Big Ten tournament. I didn’t get a chance to catch the game on TV (due to a nasty habit of working from nine to five) but thanks to 97.1′s streaming of their broadcast, I was able to listen in on Paul Keels calling the game. Things didn’t look good with five minutes left, but all’s well that ends well, so we’ll take it.

We’ll see Michigan State tomorrow at 1:40 PM. Three times a charm, right?

Beanie Wells is fast. The internet is atwitter with the performance of one Chris “Beanie” Wells at Ohio State’s pro day today. Word is that he pretty much killed it, running at least forty yards in under four and four-tenths of a second. Those in the know seem to think that is rather rapid. From what we hear, this speed is unheard of north of the Mason-Dixon line.

Some Swedish dude took off almost all of his clothes to hit a shot out of the mud at the WGC-CA Championship at Doral yesterday. He’s getting a lot of credit for his dedication to his craft. I’m not impressed. I’ll show you dedication: I’ve written well over half of the MotSaG posts in my skivvies. Even when the heat is turned off and it’s 50 degrees in the house. That’s dedication.

Finally, Delonte West showed teammate Ben Wallace and the rest of the world how to rock ‘fro.

Delonte Fro

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OSU FootballOSU LogoBecause blogging slows down around these parts around this time, it’s time for a new post.

First, there’s this:

(h/t to friend of MotSaG Kade. [Sorry for the terrible soundtrack])

Penn St Ohio St BasketballSome thoughts on the past week in Buckeyeland:

We didn’t need anyone to tell us this, but Andy Staples lists Ohio State among four “destination jobs” for football coaches. This we knew. Those court-side seats in the Schott aren’t filling themselves.

Some Buckeyes impressed at the NFL combine (Donald Washington and (surprisingly) Brian Hartline) while others really didn’t. A lot of people are still questioning Beanie (re: injuries). Here’s the only question you should be asking yourself (if you’re an NFL GM): “How big of a signing bonus should we give him?”

The Buckeyes finally got out of their funk against Penn State earlier this week. This team still has some issues (vis-a-vis Dallas Lauderdale and his inability to contribute anything outside of his five fouls). With P.J. Hill starting and combining with Jeremie Simmons for 27 points, it’s promising to see other Buckeyes take the pressure off Evan Turner. Turner is still trying to do too much but he’s learning.

Well that was fun, let’s see if we can’t do this more often.

Buckeye Seniors Impress

OSU FootballWhile it’s clear that a few Buckeyes entering the draft are going to be first-rounders, a few of the seniors need to work to increase their draft status. Recent reports out of the Senior bowl are coming out and some Senior Buckeyes are starting to impress. Both Marcus Freeman and Brian Robiskie are looking good according to Dayton Daily News:

Former Wayne High School and Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman received rave reviews from NFL coaches and scouts for his technique, athletic ability and motor. Freeman is fully recovered from a foot injury that plagued him all season and it showed. He looked totally rejuvenated. He demonstrated great sideline-to-sideline pursuit while running down backs during drills.

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Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie was absolutely impressive. He caught every pass thrown his way no matter where the ball was placed. He ran nice, crisp routes and made every catch look easy.

NFL.com’s Charles Davis is also impressed with Marcus Freeman. I’m wondering if his injury was worth than anyone ever let on. He always seemed a step off, missing that extra oomph he had last season.