2018 NFL Draft: Marcus Baugh, TE

Marcus Baugh was a highly rated recruit out of California that did not have the career that he had imagined for himself.  It may not be the ideal situation, but his last year at Ohio State lived up to his expectations after being utilized more often during the season and being the recipient of the game-winning TD to beat Penn State.  He is a solid receiver, but he needs to improve his strength and blocking, but he will be a solid contributor when called upon.  He is well-rounded and could add depth to a depleted TE group.

Draft Projection:  7th Round-UFA

2018 NFL Draft: Chris Worley, LB

Chris Worley is another underrated prospect coming out of Ohio State.  A leader at ILB, at Ohio State he played admirably during his tenure at Ohio State, which should help him secure a spot on an NFL team or on a practice squad.  He didn’t test as well as he should have, and that has been problematic for him and his draft stock.  He is a leader and another team-centric player.  It won’t take him long to adjust at the next level.

Draft Projection:  6th Round-UFA

2018 NFL Draft: Tyquan Lewis, DE

Tyquan Lewis is another under-the-radar prospect that doesn’t wow you with statistics, but he has a motor.  He has average athleticism, but his determination and willingness to do whatever the team needs is what will get him drafted.  His ceiling isn’t as high as the others, but he is a leader and a team-first type of player.  When placed in the right system, he could blossom into a starter or a key role player.

Draft Projection:  3rd-4th Round

2018 NFL Draft: Jerome Baker, LB

Jerome Baker is a baller looking for a team to help on defense.  A bit of unknown until the Oklahoma game in 2016, he was a little bit up and down in 2017.  Without downplaying his skills and his talent, he will add instant depth to an aging and struggling LB core in the NFL.  Baker has a nice blend of skills and he proved that during the combine and he is going to be special once he gets it figured out.  He is able to play in coverage and be effective, while also being able to stop the run and get to the QB.

Draft Projection:  3rd-4th Round

2018 NFL Draft: Jamarco Jones, OT

Jamarco Jones is a stalwart at Tackle and has been a serviceable starter during his tenure at Ohio State.  At 6’4″, 299 lbs, Jones is a bit undersized, but with the right strength and conditioning program, he could grow into a bookend on an offensive line somewhere in the NFL.  A lot of scouts have Jones lower than he should be, but it will just motivate him as he grows accustomed to the NFL life at OT.  He is certainly not a day one starter, but he could blossom into one in the future.  All he needs is a chance.

Draft Projection:  3rd-4th Round

2018 NFL Draft: Jalyn Holmes, DE

Jalyn Holmes is another underrated DE prospect, but with a lot of upside due to his skill set.  He was on the second team while playing for the Buckeyes, but when he entered the field, he never wasted an opportunity to make a play.  He may sit behind a veteran this season, but he is like a sponge.  He will be an able body that will take time to develop, but his measurables are good to see.  Time will only tell, but he has a high ceiling and tons of potential.

Draft Projection:  3rd Round

2018 NFL Draft: Sam Hubbard, DE

Sam Hubbard, a former Safety that blossomed into a DE while at Ohio State.  His projections are all over the place and he is certainly being slept on.  At 6’5″, 270 lbs he is a load on the edge, and he will certainly make a team happy after the draft.  Nimble for his size, he uses his speed to get past slower Tackles with ease.  The draft is unpredictable, but a team is likely to take a chance on him.

Draft Projection:  1st-2nd Round

2018 NFL Draft: Billy Price, C

Billy Price continues another streak, the Buckeyes ability to send NFL ready O-Linemen to the NFL.  Price was next in line at Center after Elflein’s departure, but what increases his value is his leadership qualities and his versatility.  Non-Ohio State fans may not know that he was the RG the year before taking over the starting Center duties, so he is able to move around if needed.  Price was injured during the combine, but he recently received a doctor’s note that stated that he will be ready for camp with no limitations, which could improve his draft stock, but you never know.  He is a born leader with a mean streak.  Whichever team takes a chance on him, won’t be disappointed.

Draft Projection:  1st-2nd Round

2018 NFL Draft: Denzel Ward, CB

Denzel Ward is looking to continue the streak of sending another talented prospect into the NFL, and with Ward, he certainly fits the bill with his skill set.  Measuring at 5’11, 183 lbs Ward is going to be a terror at the next level.  He moves with fluidity and he can shadow opposing WR’s with his athleticism.  He could be a day one starter, but in the right situation, he can thrive in the slot before eventually moving to the outside.  Ward is projected to be the first Buckeye off the board in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Draft Projection:  1st Round

Spring Game: What We Learned

It is now 24 hours ahead of the annual Scarlet versus Gray Spring Game and man–there are a lot of difficult decisions that need to be made by Coach Meyer and his staff regarding the many open spots for his team on both sides of the field.

This is the annual reloading period where the coaches evaluate their players to reload and to identify the best player for the job.  A batch of forgotten, but talented unknowns will take their shot to earn a starting gig and blossom into the next Buckeye superstar.  Here are three things that stood out.

Burrow VS Haskins VS Martell:

This battle was everything that we thought it would be and it looks like it is a two-way competition between Burrow and Haskins with Martell trailing as the third Quarterback in the pecking order.

In no way am I saying that Martell lacks the talent, but Burrow and Haskins just separated themselves with a more balanced and efficient display during the game.  Tate showed that he can run the QB Option with ease and his elusiveness and speed will be another valuable weapon for the team this season if the coaches create a package of plays for him.

Burrow and Haskins made a lot of noise in the passing game this spring.  Burrow finished 15 for 22 for 238 and 2 TD’s while Haskins finished 9 for 19 for 120 yards and 2 TD’s.  Both signal-callers showed their fans what the future could look like, further adding to the fierce debate on who should be the heir to the QB Throne.

Burrow is accurate with a little less zip on the football when comparing his game to Haskins.  Haskins has the wow factor and the arm strength, but he is slightly less accurate than Burrow.  Both QB’s did a lot of switching between the first and second team offenses, but they showed that once they get into a rhythm, they can be unstoppable.  Both have poise in the pocket, but it is looking like their ability to run the offense and their leadership qualities will look like it will be the deciding factor in this battle.

A difficult choice needs to be made and it will be interesting to see what develops within the QB room.  Every one of the Quarterbacks on the roster can be a starter on another team, but we will see what happens and who gets the job.

Playmakers Paradise At Skill Positions:

The wealth of talent at just about every level on this team on offense is evident.  From the Running Back position all the way to the O-Line, they have enough baller for a three-deep depth chart.

At Running Back, they have Dobbins and Weber, the returning 1,000-yard rushers from a season ago.  Behind them, they have three stablemates in Williams, Teague, and Snead, who will join the team in the summer.  Not to mention, they have a talented bunch of walk-ons to boot.  Deep is an understatement at this position and with what we saw with Weber on that long TD run, and what Teague was able to accomplish, carries will be scarce, but the Brotherhood will continue to push each other until the fall comes.

Wide Receiver is also deep.  They returned all of their starters from last season and with the prospect of a more pass-friendly offense, they will look to make an immediate impact.  Hill, Campbell, Mack, Dixon, and Victor will be dangerous weapons this season.  Their backups also pose a threat to defenses.  Demario McCall had a game and is the projected to be the third H-Back on the depth chart.  Harris and Gardiner are huge targets that showed promise as well.

At Tight End Rashod Berry will be slotted to return as the starter, but he didn’t participate in the game due to injury.  Behind him, Hausmann, Farrell and the number one TE in last years class Jeremy Ruckert will be vying for playing time this season.

DBU Reloads Again:

Marcus Williamson has secured his spot in the rotation at Cornerback.  Aside from the TD catch by Harris, he locked him down and was disruptive for most of the game.  With Okudah out with an injury, he along with Wade, Banks, and Davis were given snaps to see what they can do, but from what I saw from Williamson, he gained traction in this battle.

Pryor and Johnson showed promise as both are fighting for the starting Safety spot opposite of Fuller.  Johnson nearly stopped Weber on his long TD run, showing the determination to not take any plays off, and he is a true freshman.

Ohio State has become DBU as of late and the tradition of having a DB getting drafted in the first round has been a trend.  With that, Ohio State has yet another loaded depth chart, but they will all find a way to earn playing time.