Washington Redskins Draft Ohio State Wide Receiver Evan Spencer in 6th Round of 2015 NFL Draft

With the 187th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Buckeyes wide receiver Evan Spencer. He is now the fifth Ohio State player picked in the draft this year and the third today. While Spencer has never been known as the flashiest player or the best offensive weapon on the field, one of the biggest strengths he brings to the table is his pass blocking. That’s one of the big reasons why head coach Urban Meyer played Spencer over better offensive threats at the receiver position. Ask any Ohio State fan and they will vouch for Spencer’s great blocking. He’s also a pretty nice contributor in special teams, somewhere he could make an impact immediately for the Redskins this upcoming season. In addition he has good speed, is a great leader and has the size to hang in the NFL. With some development he could become a solid pro receiver. Here’s some highlights of Spencer’s career at Ohio State:

Here’s a perfect example of the kind of blocker Spencer is:

Spencer’s reaction on being drafted by Washington:

Former Buckeye running back and ESPN analyst Robert Smith reminded everyone of what Meyer thought of Spencer this past season:

So Redskins fans you’re not getting a Calvin Johnson type player here. You’re getting a glue player who brings many intangibles to the table and does all of the little things right. He may not be putting up crooked numbers in the box score, but he can surely help put your football team in a better position to win.

Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Buckeyes Defensive Tackle Michael Bennett in 6th Round of 2015 NFL Draft

With the 180th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett. It was a huge surprise to see Bennett fall this far in the draft. Many experts and fans expected him to be as high as a second round pick and as low as a third round pick. Bennett was one of the anchors of the Ohio State defense all season long in 2014. He was a CBSSports.com First Team All American, second team All-Big Ten and recorded a tackle for loss in 9 of 15 games. He had a total 14 tackles for loss on the season (third best on the team), seven total sacks and three forced fumbles. In the Sugar Bowl against Alabama he recorded one sack and one and a half tackles for loss. In addition Bennett was a great senior leader and teammate for a young Buckeyes team last year. Perhaps it was his size that caused him to drop so far in the draft, but the Jaguars are getting one hell of a steal in the 6th round in Bennett. Take a look at your newest player Jacksonville fans:

Bennett definitely took notice of being passed over on Twitter. It’s seemed to fuel his motivation even more:

But he’s very thankful for the opportunity from Jacksonville:

I think the Jaguars just made one of the biggest steals in the draft. It blows me away that Bennett fell this far and many teams will be kicking themselves for passing over such a great football player and person. Congrats to Bennett and best of luck in Jacksonville.

Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Buckeyes’ Cornerback Doran Grant in Round Four of 2015 NFL Draft

With the 121st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ohio State safety Doran Grant. He is now the third Buckeye player selected in this year’s draft after the Jets picked Devin Smith and the Broncos picked Jeff Heuerman yesterday. Grant’s biggest knocks against him have been size and speed. He’s certainly improved in the latter area and a great performance at the NFL Combine in the 40 yard dash quieted some concerns about his speed. While he is a little undersized for NFL standards, he makes up for it with his great leadership and athleticism. Grant has been a great contributor in the Buckeye secondary and a big part of why the Buckeyes’ secondary was one of the most feared in college football last year. He should be a great option off the bench right away and with the right scheme maybe even a starter at some point this season. While he won’t be at the level of Troy Polamalu who just retired for Pittsburgh, Grant should be a nice contributor in the Steelers’ secondary.

Here’s a taste of your newest player Steeler fans:

The Steelers are well-known to take Buckeyes in the draft in recent years. Here’s Pittsburgh’s secondary coach Carnell Lake on picking Grant:

Grant started all 15 games last season for the Buckeyes and was second on the team in interceptions with five total. He also totaled 63 tackles for the season. In the semifinal championship game against Alabama in the playoffs last season he held top five draft pick and Alabama wide receiver Amari Copper to zero catches when guarding him. So Grant certainly has a ton of upside and should make a fine addition to the Steelers.

Denver Broncos Draft Ohio State Tight End Jeff Heuerman in Third Round of 2015 NFL Draft

With the 92nd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman. While he never put up gaudy numbers as a Buckeye, he’s certainly a reliable and dangerous threat on the field. Not only is he a great receiver, but a great blocker too. Heuerman will now be catching passes and blocking for one of the all-time great quarterbacks, Peyton Mannings. It’s certainly a great situation for Heuerman and he should make an impact for Denver this season. Heuerman is the second Buckeye drafted tonight, as the New York Jets drafted wide receiver Devin Smith earlier in the night. In 2014 he caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but as I said the numbers don’t tell the story of Heuerman’s potential. Keep in mind he also played with an injured foot all season too. Here’s a look at your newest receiving threat, Broncos fans:

Heuerman has yet to comment on being drafted by the Broncos, but he left this sincere message back in April to Buckeye Nation. He’ll certainly be missed:

His now former coach, Urban Meyer weighed in on Heuerman being drafted:

Broncos head honcho and legendary quarterback John Elway explains why they chose to pick the Buckeye tight end:

As I said above Heuerman will be missed by Buckeye Nation. I think he’ll quickly become one of Manning’s favorite targets and should be a great addition to Denver’s offense.

New York Jets Draft Buckeyes’ Wide Receiver Devin Smith in Second Round of NFL Draft

With the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith. He’s the first Buckeye to be drafted this year after no Buckeyes were picked in the first round of the draft. It was surprising to see him fall this far as many experts and fans expected him to be a mid to late 1st round pick. Smith was integral part of the Buckeyes all season long in 2014 and had huge performances in the national playoffs to help lead Ohio State to their first national championship since 2002. Jets fans you’ll be getting a deep threat receiver you can plug into the slot with ease. Smith’s speciality is on deep passes, so Jets quarterbacks you better have strong arms. Here’s a taste of your newest receiver New York fans:

Here’s one of Smith’s best performances, the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin:

Smith’s reaction on Twitter on becoming a Jet:

The biggest Jets icon was certainly pleased with Smith becoming a Jet too:

Big Ten opponents certainly won’t miss Smith, but everyone in Buckeye Nation will certainly remember the impact of the bright wide receiver Devin Smith.

2015 NFL Draft Part 2

Many Browns and Bengals fans will be reading this section seeing that both teams draft picks will be in this section. The third part of the series will unfortunately not appear until after the Super Bowl. I will post revised columns of Part 1 and 2 throughout that time.Please keep in mind that not all players have declared for the draft so things could get shaken up when certain players declare. Again I am putting who Todd McShay posted in his first Mock Draft below my choices.

 

11. Minnesota Vikings: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

While an OT is the true need for the Vikings, I do not think that where they are and what OT are available are worth the reach here. If Winston declares then the door is opened for them because that will change a lot of things in the early part of the draft. I give the nod to White over DeVante Parker. I like White’s big play ability more than Parker and I think White has better hands. White would go much higher if his route running skills were a little bit better and a team had a bigger need at WR. I feel the Vikings need to upgrade their WR core. As I mentioned before in Part 1 you cannot evaluate a quarterback’s future or skill set unless you give him talent to work with.

McShay: Cedric Ogbuehi

12. Cleveland Browns: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington

Shelton is a force in the middle and with Phil Taylor having injury problems and the Browns ability to not stop the run. Shelton is a great fit for a future replacement for Phil Taylor and a great piece to stopping the run.

McShay: Danny Shelton

13. New Orleans Saints: Dante Fowler Jr, DE/OLB, Florida

Fowler could see himself rise into the Top 10, but it all has to do with if Winston declares. The Saints continue to ignore the defensive side of the ball and that has plagued them. They also need help on the offensive line and I could see them moving down to meet that need. However, at some point you cannot ignore the defensive side of the ball. Fowler played the DE/OLB role for the Gators this season. I expect him to transition into the NFL nicely at the same position. With the amount of playing time I think he should get with the Saints he could be a dark horse for defensive rookie of the year.

McShay (When the Mock Draft was posted Saints were picking 21): TJ Clemmings

14. Miami Dolphins: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

I personally think that the Dolphins need to take a WR here like Parker or Jaelen Strong. However they only take a WR in the first round if they part ways with Mike Wallace. Currently Wallace is still on the roster so the Dolphins go OLB. Thompson is very good in coverage and is a terrific athlete, also played and started at running back for the Huskies. I think that speed will transition very well in the NFL and he could end up being a stud at this position.

McShay: Shaq Thompson

15. San Francisco 49ers: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

San Francisco needs to add help for Kaepernick. I could see them upgrading their D-Line because that unit seemed desperate for depth. I am not a fan of Crabtree and never really was in the NFL. I think Parker could actually be comparable to Anquan Boldin. I think both would compliment each other very well.

McShay: Devin Funchess

16. Houston Texans: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

Houston could take a WR so Parker or White could be in play here if they drop this far. I think Bennett would be a great fit for Houston. He can play the DE in a 3-4 or could play as a smaller DT in a 4-3. His play down the stretch against Wisconsin and Alabama makes him the top DT prospect. I gave the Browns the nod to Shelton because of his size and what Cleveland needs. Bennett is the better player between the two and Houston’s front line on defense could get scary. If Houston makes a move or two in the secondary and Mallet stays healthy they could be dangerous in 2015-2016.

McShay (Houston was picking 13 when Mock Draft came out): Devante Parker

17.  San Diego Chargers: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

I went back and watched some of the Oregon vs Florida State game to review this pick when I saw Goldman was still highly thought of. When I watched Goldman specifically he seemed to play pretty well in that game. He did seem very winded in that game, but when your over 300 pounds how do you not get winded by Oregon’s offense? I like Goldman a lot for the Chargers he plays the run well and can get after the quarterback a little bit from his position.

McShay: Eddie Goldman

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

The Chiefs are so desperate for a WR you just know they will not pick one in the first round, but they should. The WR’s the Chiefs have are mediocre at best. Strong has size and some good speed and I think he could be a great stepping stone for the Chiefs to upgrade their WR position.

McShay: Kevin White

19. Cleveland Browns: La’el Collins, OT/G, LSU

When Collins was thinking about going pro last year many labeled him as a potential stud guard in the NFL. I am still going to label him there because I would not be surprised at all if he lands there. The Browns would love to land one of the four very talented WR’s in this draft. However, Schwartz is not the answer at RT and I think Collins could add much needed depth and talent to the OL. The Browns need to do something because once Mack went down so did the season and the OL.

McShay Jaelen Strong

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

His length to speed ratio is going to be something NFL teams love because that seems to be the trend, bigger corners. The Eagles were pretty bad at the corner back position and Waynes is a talented corner who has some pretty good hands.

McShay: Trae Waynes

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Back to Back Spartans on the board. This pick is probably the hardest to project because the Bengals are talented and their true need, in my opinion, is a QB who could actually push Dalton. The Bengals could draft an OT if they cannot resign Whitworth. They could draft a WR to complement Green. While Sanu had a good year, he struggled when it was his time to shine and I think his ability would best be suited in the slot. With that said at the end of the day the Bengals had 1 sack in the playoff game against the Colts. If you want to help your struggling QB you need to be able to pressure the opposing Quarterback and get better field position. That is why the Bengals choose Calhoun.

McShay (Bengals picked 24th in the Mock Draft)L Andrus Peat

2015 NFL Mock Draft Part 1

With the regular season of college football over it is time to dig into the next step for these players, the NFL Draft. This mock draft will not include trades because each team values their pick individually. This will be a 3 part series, this post will include the top 10 picks. I have not decided how many picks will be in the next two posts. This will be an updated series all the way up to the Draft starts. While all the picks will be based off my own thoughts, opinions, and what I have seen on tape. I will also be taking some information from Todd McShay and Mel Kiper because they are able to gather more information and have more resources than I. When reading you will see that I will include my pick, as well as Kiper and McShay’s pick. All picks are based off of the standings going into week 15. Also, Jameis Winston will not be included in this draft because said he would not declare until at least the 2016 draft. If he changes his mind picks will be updated.

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Mariota is a tremendous athlete. I really like the style of Oregon’s offense translating to the NFL. The NFL is so much faster than college football as we all know. The speed at which Oregon runs their offense will help Mariota translate well, also with Oregon’s offense being so fast Mariota has to process information quicker than most QB prospects. With a future stud in Mike Evans and a veteran WR in Vincent Jackson this could help him go along way in development.

McShay: Mariota

2. Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

To me the Titans need to upgrade talent in general. I feel Williams is the most NFL ready on the defensive side of the ball. I feel Tennessee will upgrade on defense because teams seemed to run all over the Titans this season. If your defense is not able to get stops then your offense is not able to get into a rhythm. I feel Leonard has the physical tools and the motor to be a good NFL player.

McShay: Jameis Winston

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Randy Gregory, OLB/DE, Nebraska

I really like Gregory’s physical tools. He had a good season for Nebraska. I feel that Jacksonville is trying to mimic what Seattle has done, and that is build the defense and let the offense come along. Jacksonville’s defense was a lot better than their record shows and I look for them to keep adding to the defensive side of the ball.

McShay: Leonard Williams

4. Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper. WR, Alabama

Cooper is a pure play maker and if he were a few inches taller I would not be surprised him going first overall and the Bucs try and move Jackson. The Raiders need someone for Carr to throw the ball too. The best way to evaluate a QB is to surround him with talented guys. If there was an elite LT prospect I think that is where the Raiders would go, but you cannot afford to let Cooper go.

McShay: Randy Gregory

5. Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Before the season I did not even know who Shane Ray was. As I did research and read what McShay and Kiper had to say about Ray. I immediately went to the tapes and realized how good this guy was in the SEC. He was the most impressive player last season, after watching the film, that included Ealy and Michael Sam. The only concern I have is that Ray is only 6’2″ 240 pounds. That is not to say undersized guys cannot be successful in the NFL. It just gets me worried with the Redskins because they have had a lack of successful DE’s staying healthy.

McShay: Shane Ray

6. New York Jets: Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan

I think this pick varies on so many things. Whether Ryan stays as the HC, does the GM stay? If the GM stays then I believe the Jets could be in place to move up to grab Cooper. If the Jets fail to do that then Funchess to me seems like the best choice. if the Jets would not have drafted Pryor in the first round then they would take Collins. The Jets need to add as much talent on offense as they can. With Funchess having so much versatility this is the best chance foe the Jets to upgrade and help Smith or Vick at QB.

McShay: Amari Cooper

7.  Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

This pick varies on so many things it is hard to decide what to do with this pick. I feel the best thing for the Falcons is to reach on Scherff and help keep Matt Ryan up right. The beauty about this pick is it is low risk high reward. While Scherff needs to work on his pass blocking, McShay and Kiper both feel like if he is moved to OG he could be a dominate player. I feel like if I am the Falcons I am willing to take this high of a pick in hopes Scherff becomes a good RT or move him to LG and let Matthews and Scherff dominate on the left side.

McShay: Dante Fowler Jr.

8. New York Giants: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson

The Giants are put into a tough spot here. If they are able to sign JPP before the draft, then they consider taking Cedric Ogbuehi. Based off what I feel JPP will want and what the Giants will be willing to pay will not even be close and the Giants draft Beasley who would probably play SLB, as McShay feels, and then be a pass rusher when need be. I agree with that statement.

McShay: Vic Beasley

9. Chicago Bears: Landon Collins, S, Alabama

As a Bears fan I wish they would of taken Clinton-Dix last season because the defense is just in so much trouble. Collins is the answer to prayer for the Bears defense and will help out tremendously. Collins has a good build and can cover well, also is a good tackler. When you play in a division that has explosive offenses, like Detroit and Green Bay, the Bears need to upgrade the secondary.

McShay: Landon Collins

10. Carolina Panthers: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

The Panthers are really hoping that the Giants and Falcons take an OT. The Panthers really need to upgrade the OL. Ogbuehi is a really good athlete for his size. I think that the lack of success that Texas A&M had at the QB position effected his performance this year and he could be the first OT off the board.  Ogbuehi would be a good answer at RT for the Panthers and really give them an answer at that position.

McShay: Brandon Scherff

 

 

St. Louis Rams Draft Christian Bryant in Round Seven

With the 241st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected Ohio State safety Christian Bryant. Bryant missed most of his senior season after suffering a broken ankle late in the game against Wisconsin. Bryant was a three year starter for the Buckeyes and was named a team captain his senior season. Over the course of his career at Ohio State, he recorded 171 tackles, had two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He was named second team All-Big Ten during his junior season and was second on the team overall in total tackles (only trailing Ryan Shazier). Take a look at your new safety, Rams’ fans:

Here were some of the reactions to Bryant getting drafted on Twitter:

And here’s the man himself:

I think I speak for everyone in Buckeye Nation is saying how great it is to see Christian Bryant get drafted. He’s such a great guy and it was heartbreaking to see his senior season cut short. Urban Meyer himself got choked up on the podium after the Wisconsin game (see in the video above) announcing Bryant’s injury. If Bryant doesn’t get injured his draft stock would’ve been a lot higher. He was badly missed by the Buckeyes after his injury and for good reason. Bryant is a solid defensive back who should at least contribute on special teams for the Rams this season. If he can stay healthy, he might contribute even more.

Green Bay Selects Corey Linsley in the 5th Round

With the 161st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Ohio State center Corey Linsley. Linsley was the starting center for the Buckeyes his junior and senior season. He saw playing time at tackle and guard his freshman and sophomore seasons. His versatility of being able to play every position on the line is going to be a big plus for him. With Green Bay being thin at center, Linsley could see a lot of playing time soon. The draft was quite deep this season, which meant pretty solid players like Linsley have slid down the draft board until the third day. Take a look at your new offensive lineman, Green Bay fans:

I had no idea he grew up a Packers fan, so I’m sure he’s pretty excited about heading north to Wisconsin. I myself forgot how great he played with the Buckeyes and is one of the more underrated linemen in the draft. Linsley should have a pretty solid NFL career ahead of him.

Indianapolis Colts Select Jack Mewhort in the Second Round

With the 59th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts drafted Ohio State tackle Jack Mewhort. Mewhort was the best player on the line for the Buckeyes last season. He has great size at 6-6 and 310 pounds and moves much faster than someone you would expect at this size. Many expect Mewhort to be a starter in the NFL pretty soon. Mewhort was named an All-American by ESPN in 2013 and was a starter for three of his four seasons at Ohio State. Take a look at your new lineman, Colts’ fans:

Here were some of the reactions on Twitter on Mewhort being drafted to Indianapolis:

Jack Mewhort was one of my personal favorite on the team last season, especially after I interviewed him before the Orange Bowl in January. I thought he gave a great answer when I asked him what his biggest learning moment was in 2013. Great player and an even better person. Good pickup for the Colts offensive line.