Is There a Draft in Here..?

Written May 2nd, 2013 by Ken

Been welcoming QB’s with open arms since 2010

.. not so much, but I’ve a few thoughts on this year’s NFL Draft and, to me, the relative paucity of Buckeyes chosen. The pre-draft chatter regarding Buckeyes indicated that there likely were not many going to be drafted and those who were, not going very high. Let’s start with the draftees.

Who Got Drafted?

This section won’t take too long to cover, since there were only three Bucks drafted.

Jonathan Hankins New York Giants 2nd round

A good pick for the Giants. They need help in defending the run, and Big Hank should provide it. You can be sure that Coach Tom Coughlin will demand high effort from Hank. A year under Urban may help with this transition.

 John Simon Baltimore Ravens 4th round

The Ravens need help at LB, so Simon should get a legitimate opportunity to make the team and see playing time. I see this as a good match between a hard-nosed player and a hard-nosed organization.

Reid Fragel Cincinnati Bengals 7th round

I was hoping to see Fragel go higher, but glad that the Bengals took a flyer on Reid’s potential. I’m going to be interested to see his development. [Note to opposing coaches: when Bengals are in goal-line situation and Fragel checks in as eligible receiver, you need to pay attention to him.

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Wednesday Night Rumble: The Truck Stop Mogul

Written April 24th, 2013 by Jason

Tomorrow is the NFL Draft and the Browns are set to be on the clock. Their owner, however, may be in some serious hot water. When will this year’s crop of Buckeyes come off the board? It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!

Nightmare on Lou Groza Blvd.

Compliments of an outstanding 2012, the Browns find themselves once again not only picking in the top half of the draft but in the top 10 at number 6. Obviously the team has plenty of needs to fill and they did a solid job this offseason in the free agent market to help sure up some of the more glaring weaknesses.

New Brown Paul Kruger sacking QB Brandon Weeden in 2012

New Brown Paul Kruger sacking QB Brandon Weeden in 2012

According to experts, the addition of former Baltimore Raven Paul Kruger was one the off-season’s biggest moves not just in Cleveland but the NFL in general. Putting him at rush end in the 3-4 (as he played with the Ravens) opposite Jabaal Sheard is supposed to give the Browns (Along with Phil Taylor inside) a formidable front 3. I’m not sold.

I love Phil Taylor and the possibilities of him sliding out into the gaps off the nose and being paired with Aytahba Rubin at the same time. I like the thought of Sheard as a hybrid DE/OLB with his wheels giving him an ability to play standing up or in a 3-point stance. Now, from what I am led to believe, Paul Kruger is the “missing link” to bring the defensive line from good to great. I just can’t help thinking: This is a guy who in his entire career has been strictly a third down pass rusher, literally, almost exclusively. Don’t believe me? I’ll bet you didn’t know that in 2011 he played 373 total plays. That number nearly tripled in 2012 when with Terrell Suggs nursing an Achilles tear. Read More

Hankins To Enter NFL Draft

Written December 10th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

This afternoon, our favorite eater of souls made public what had been suspected for quite some time, as Johnathan Hankins has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft. I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State.

I want to thank coach Meyer, coach Vrabel and strength coach Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank coach Tressel and coach Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program.

My three years at The Ohio State University have provided amazing experiences for me, and they are years I will never forget or take for granted. My plans are to return to finish my degree and to continue to be a part of this brotherhood of Buckeyes. I am so appreciative for the support I have received from my teammates, the coaching staff and administrators at Ohio State, and of course, my family.

Hankins was a late add during the recruiting process; many speculated that he only got a shot at being a Buckeye after Sharif Floyd chose to play for Coach Meyer at Florida. In three seasons, though, he became a defender that you needed to address on every offensive play, and a leader in the Ohio State locker room.

Hankins amassed 55 tackles this season in spite of being double teamed on almost every play. His four tackles for a loss this year was less than his previous numbers; much of that was due to team looking to get the ball on the perimeter as quickly as possible to minimize Hankins and the rest of the defensive line’s ability to create havoc.

A candidate on almost every pre-season and post-season awards watch list (he got our Heisman vote as well), Hankins is projected as a first round candidate in the upcoming draft. Given the career expectancy for defensive and offensive linemen, I have no reason to question this decision.

Godspeed, Johnathan… Glad you’re a Buckeye, Bro.

Nothing Says Loyal Like Silver Bullet Points

Written May 2nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Ah, the joys of a new server to bring you the midweek morass that is SBP. Thanks to everyone’s patience as we had a bit of a sabbatical earlier this week to upgrade the hamsters in the wheel.

Circle of Life

Buckeye 411

Before we get into the usual links and fun-making, I wanted to talk a bit about fan expectations.

Over the past few days, Buckeye Nation has seen both sides of the loyalty of young adults, and hopefully our amazingly rabid fan base can gain a bit of perspective.

First, we watched in shock as Ohio State Senior (and tBBC favorite) Michael Brewster went undrafted in the NFL selection process.  Even more shocking was that several centers from inferior programs did not suffer the same fate- Western Oregon? Michigan? C’mon…

While there are surely lots of reasons that this happened, including, as our friend Jeremy Birmingham pointed out, really REALLY poor coaching during his college career, it’s difficult to pinpoint one specific instance that led to Michael falling from a first rounder as a junior to an afterthought as a senior.  It could be some of the season’s struggles- Michigan State and Florida both indicated that they could get a jump on their rush due to his rhythm (Might also explain Shugarts’ issues); at times his shotgun was a bit off target as well.  It could have also been the “post-season”; reports that he had some challenges at the senior events, rumors of a rift that led to a last minute change of agent.  Or, like many members of last year’s team, perhaps all of the off field drama and change caught up with him all at once.

But for Buckeye fans, our feelings of empathy and sympathy for Mr. Brewster were also tempered with another realization- this happened, in part, because he is a Buckeye.  No, I’m not insinuating that the NFL is intentionally snubbing Ohio State players- the data proves that to be less than accurate.  Instead, I believe the Michael cost himself lots of money because his loyalty to the program and to the coaches wouldn’t let him cut and run in the middle of the chaos.

Granted, we don’t know what went on behind the scenes other than this- of the members of the “Block O/Brew Crew”, Michael was the highest profile recruit and player to not find himself in the papers on a regular basis for off field issues, particularly during the past 13 months.  To the contrary, as his friends and teammates (some of whom he helped bring to Columbus) continued to make decisions that led to last season’s issues and were over and over again sanctioned in ways that hurt the team, Brew was the anchor that sought to keep things together. During a time when it would have been easy to jump to the next stage in his career- first round projections, programmatic instability, loss of friends and coaches, Michael chose to stay in the Scarlet and Gray.

And that decision, in part, cost him on draft day 2012.

Let me be clear- Michael Brewster doesn’t need me to be an apologist for him.  He’s landed with his home-town team (although Kansas City would have been nice for family reasons), and is bringing the positive attitude and hard work mentality to his current situation in the same fashion that he showed in Columbus.  Tuesday’s Dispatch has a great article on where he’s currently at, including this great quote-

Just more people that I get to prove wrong. I think it’s an exciting challenge.

But you’ve got to wonder- if you took off your Ohio State glasses for a minute, and imagined that he was your son or grandson or family friend; If you knew in January 2011 how the season would end up for the Buckeyes, what would you tell him to do? Would you ask him to be loyal to his alma mater, or pursue his dreams in “The League” even if that made Ohio State weaker in a key position?

You’d hopefully choose the career option in your advice- particularly if you had the wisdom of hindsight. And yet, as fans, we often want young adults to think not of their own needs and dreams, but to have the same needs and dreams that we do- to be enthralled with Carmen Ohio no matter the cost.

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Silver Bullet Points To The Money

Written April 26th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

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…

Never forget

Buckeye 411

  • Hangin’ With Urb- Hopefully you were one of the students who were able to get your tickets to the upcoming “meet and greet” with Ohio State’s new head coach. If so, I’m sure you’re in for a treat. Absolutely no disrespect to Coach Tressel, but the public speaking and offensive styles of these two men were pretty consistent: The Senator wanted to kill clock, lull you into complacency, and wait for you to make a mistake. Coach Meyer will see how many questions he can answer in a minute, and expects every one of them to score.
  • Ah, Gee-  Ohio State’s president was in the news again, this time for saying what most of us realized anyway- the recent “print media” coverage of the Ohio State program was less than flattering, often inaccurate, and aimed at drawing eyeballs/pageviews more than conveying the truth.  My favorite part of that interview? George “Buckeye Raffles and UCLA Weed OMG!!” Dohrmann comment-

(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.

  • Tweetles and twootles- If you’re on the twitter, a) give us a follow and b) check out the #BuckeyeNationProblems hashtag from last night.
  • Video And Such- We’re awaiting the next bunch of greatness from a certain southern sportscaster, but in the mean time this ain’t too bad: Read More

NFL Mock Draft: Where are the Buckeyes Going?

Written March 23rd, 2012 by Eric

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.
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Buckeyes in the NFL Draft: A Chat with NFL Mocks

Written March 5th, 2012 by Joe Dexter

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.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pryor Eligible for NFL Draft

Written August 18th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

NFL Bound

The National Football League has announced this morning that former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will be eligible for the supplemental draft, which will occur on Monday, August 22.

In an interesting development, the NFL has declared that Pryor will not be allowed to practice or play for whatever team drafts him for the first five weeks of the season, the same amount of games he was scheduled to miss at Ohio State. This move is alleged to have been supported by the NFL Players Association.

According to ESPN (I know…) the suspension rationale is based on the following-

“… Pryor made decisions that undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL Draft. Those actions included failing to cooperate with the NCAA and hiring an agent in violation of NCAA rules, which resulted in Ohio State declaring him ineligible to continue playing college football.

“Pryor then applied to enter the NFL after the regular draft. Pryor had accepted at the end of the 2010 college football season a suspension for the first five games of the 2011 season for violating NCAA rules. Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs.”

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