Life is full of decisions. Sometime soon (Friday?) we’ll get the official word that LaQuinton Ross has decided to head to greener pastures… but until then, here’s the soundtrack for our midweek musings.
Heisenberg’s words to Hank ring true for the remaining seven episodes, they also should sound as a warning for the rest of the B1G. There are still a lot of question marks on the Ohio State team as camp progresses… and if you don’t truly know who the Buckeyes are and what they are capable of, well…
(You know, at some point I’ll probably write an SBP without a Breaking Bad reference… but today ain’t that day. Here’s your soundtrack.)
Aside from the two major surprises in the draft with Nate Ebner going to New England in the 6th round and Mike Brewster not getting drafted, the other three pretty much went where they were expected to. Let’s take a look at all of the drafted Buckeyes and how they will fit in with their respective teams.
We begin with the highest pick in the draft for the Buckeyes in OT Mike Adams and him landing in Pittsburgh. Adams didn’t exactly have a stellar NFL combine literally falling into the middle of the road in just about every category.
Clearly the best lineman on the Ohio State squad each of the past two season, Adams had a huge upside in his protection blocking. Missing a few games in the last season it was easy to see marked improvement across the line when he returned. The Steelers are all about running the ball and controlling the clock as well as play action. This was a good get for their revamping of the line. They invested two first round and two second round picks to shore things up. Adams will be learning RT behind a good veteran in Flozell Adams and will have time to get acclimated to the NFL in a system that has a history of solid line play. Practicing across from his old counterpart and teammate Cam Heyward should get him ready for a nice NFL career. Read More
In this week’s edition of news and notes, we take a look at the ever swirling world of college “playoffs”; helping you get to the bottom of the matter. You can probably guess where this is headed…
(Gee) knows more about bow ties than he does about journalism.
Probably true, but since Gordo is a fifteenth level bow-tie ninja, what does that say about your point?
OT J.B. Shugarts (seventh or free agent): Good size, but had false start and some foot problems with the Buckeyes.
With the NFL Draft on the way I asked Jeff Ellis, a good friend, draft aficionado, and fellow blogger, to draw up a list of the Buckeyes who had a chance to be drafted and where they might end up going. He was more than happy to oblige. Enjoy!
Since this is my first article for this site it only seems fair to explain why you should have any faith or trust in my opinions. In terms of mocking and scouting college players this will be my 14th straight draft. My mocks get a few thousand hits per draft, nothing huge but solid. I watch every game I can, find every scout, website, or service trying to compile a wealth of information and belief’s. If you are familiar with me as a writer, I am best known for my work with IndiansProspectInsider.com, the title is rather self explanatory. I have also had articles on theclevelandfan and sportstime ohio.
The goal of this article will focus on the players from Ohio State who have a chance to be drafted, focusing on how things have gone at the Senior Bowl, combine, and their overall stock trend pattern. After this I will then tell you were I am mocking or projecting them for this year’s draft.
There is no doubt that one of the most important weekends marked on the sport fanatic’s calendar is the final weekend of April. Most of the time, we are hoping and anticipating which NFL ready prospect will help our favorite team. Sometimes we tune in to the NFL draft, just to see where the athletes we’ve watched play at the college level will land.
Before the spring, there was no doubt that the senior class of the Ohio State Buckeyes was one of the better ones in recent history. After a reeling season, full of suspensions and surprises, it’s a bit unclear where Ohio State’s best will land in the NFL Draft.
After the Combine in Indianapolis last week, things seem to be a bit clearer. Helping us breakdown the latest stock in the Ohio State class is NFL Mocks‘ lead editor Jesse Bartolis.
Weekly updates and miscellany from around the world of college sports…
“To be able to lead, you have to serve first,” Posey said. “I feel like being on scout team, helping the younger guys and being in the meeting room and telling them the little tips that I have allowed me to understand the game more and it humbled me as well. That’s what I needed going into this process and going to the next level. Through this process, everything you hear is what you can’t do and everyone’s tearing you down. Going through the draft, you’re going to hear a lot of negative things and then, when you get into camp as well, you have to be humble as well. You have to serve the team and show them you can play. I felt like I learned all those lessons this past year.”
“Every day at practice was a challenge, so I definitely think that will pay dividends,” Brewster said of Ohio State. “It really comes in the preparation the last couple weeks and really, four years of college. Now, it’s just show time and it’s time to go out there and do it. Anytime you get a chance to go against the best, you want to measure yourself.”
Several Big Ten teams played bowl games today at around the same time, and nearly every one of them struggled . Ohio State joined that club in their game against the Florida Gators, losing 24-17. The Buckeyes valiantly attempted to stage a comeback in the game down 14 with 3 minutes left, but were unable to secure the onside kick with under a minute left. Braxton Miller showed some impressive passing at the tail end of the game, ending the game 18/23 for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns.
This is the first time since 1897 that Ohio State has had 7 losses in a single season, and the first time since 1946 that the team has lost 4 games in a row. It is the first time since 1988, John Cooper’s first season, that the Buckeyes have suffered a losing season.
The Florida Gators started the game with the football in excellent field position. Drew Basil was unable to keep the ball from going out of bounds at the one yard-line off a bounce on the opening kick. The error gave the ball to the Gators at the 40 yard line, where Florida quickly built a big head of steam running the ball to the left edge. Surprisingly, showing an early aggression that they haven’t been able to find all season, the OSU defense managed to respond quickly and force Florida into a fumble.
Boom Herron started things off for the Buckeyes going the other way with a couple nice runs up the middle. The Bucks were also helped by a Florida late hit on Braxton Miller as he was going out of bounds, eventually allowing the Buckeyes to work it down inside the 40. Unfortunately, the Gator defense stiffened and got a pair of sacks to put OSU in a 3rd and 18. Jim Bollman chose to go conservative and run a QB draw, hedging on the punt and the field position battle.