Noah Brown and McLaurin / Dixon I would assume.
Seems like those negative rumors that come out of nowhere always seem to end up becoming true more often than not. As much as people dislike them on this site I always take them seriously; with as much smoke as there was out there on this one no one should be surprised.
It's going to hurt, no doubt.
I noticed that as well. Brown is strictly an outside WR these days. It also kept mentioning that Jalin Marshall is now a full time WR, which from everything we've been told... he is not.
Ted Ginn's acceleration is no-where near Braxton's? I can't say that I agree. I think the opposite is true.
I do agree that Miller has more shake and bake to his game though.
Honestly, it seems like these "rumors" that come out of nowhere that everyone hates so much seem to turn out legit almost as often as they don't. Especially when it comes to transfers.
i guess we'll see.
Parris Campbell (lots of H-back depth in front of him though with Marshall, Samuel, and Wilson)
Terry McLaurin (out of all of the candidates I think he's most suited to take over that deep threat Devin Smith role)
Marcus Baugh (complete lack of TE depth this year)
Marshon Lattimore (if he ever gets healthy)
The DE position now is absolutely stacked for years to come... there's going to be some really good players coming off of the bench. 2016 is a bit crowded / logjammed.
|LE||Bosa, JR||Holmes, SO||Cornell, FR||Thompson, FR*||Jones, FR|
|RE||Lewis, SO*||Hubbard, FR*||Slade, FR*|
|LE||Holmes, JR||Bosa, FR||Cornell, SO||Jones, FR*||Thompson, SO*|
|RE||Lewis, JR*||Hubbard, SO*||Cooper, FR||Slade, SO*||
I think you're probably going to see a few guys move to DT (Thompson, Jones, Cornell)
There is literally a zero percent chance of Elliott returning IMO. His odds are even lower than Bosa's (which is about a 0.5% chance).
I don't know if I'd really call them surprises, but it wouldn't shock me if Bell and Lee both return though. I think Bell is more likely at the moment... it's hard to tell where his NFL stock is.
In that scenario I'd definitely be heading to Michigan.
It's not as easy to judge the speed of defensive players really (unless it's extremely obvious, like Ryan Shazier or Bradley Roby for example) but the only verified 40 time out there for Apple is an electronic 4.63. Damon Webb = 4.67. Eric Glover Williams = 4.68. I like those times because they're electronic and to me they seem accurate. There are simply not that many guys out there or in this program running legit 4.3's / low 4.4's
Elliott and Braxton seem to be pretty much identical in speed, which I would guess would be around a 4.45-4.49 40.
I want to say that I remember reading somewhere that Campbell is indeed the fastest WR on the team (although if Clark was actually healthy his HS tape showed the best speed of anyone). Campbell vs. Samuel would be interesting.
I agree. I think if Dontre ran an electronic 40 it'd be in the 4.50-4.55 range.
I'll usually always pull for B1G schools, especially during bowl season.
In speed? I'd say he'd probably be right after the 6 players I named (Clark, Campbell, Samuel, McLaurin, Elliott, Miller) or around there. The rest of the list is probably like
8. Johnnie Dixon / Gareon Conley
Then you'll have guys like Corey Smith, Marshall, and possibly Darron Lee or Jerome Baker.
So I'd say he's top 10, but not near the top.
If I had to guess...
I know some people are going to say Marshall and Wilson, and even though Marshall plays fast I don't think there's elite top end speed there. He ran a 4.66 electronic 40. I've never really seen blazing speed from Wilson.
I think there'd be a zero percent chance of that myself.
I'm not sure if I've ever really seen a RB like Henry, or at least be successful with his build (extremely leggy).
His game is more like that of a smaller, speed back, but he's got great feet and quickness for his size. Power isn't there like you'd expect. There's a reason there's maybe only one or two 6-3 RBs in the NCAA at any given time and literally none in the pros but he makes it work. He'll probably time in the mid 4.4's at 240 pounds or so.
Give me Elliott. Basically the prototype for the RB position.
Bama's front seven is always HUGE it seems.
I remember reading some article about how Bama recruits and what their size parameters were, and they do only look for a certain body type at positions. Their 4 LBs last season averaged 255 and they've had units bigger than that before.
Also, those claiming Brax lacked the talent around him that JT enjoyed are just crazy.
All 5 starting members of the OL NFL players, 3 of them quality starters in their rookie seasons.
Two high (3rd round) NFL draft picks at TE
Both starting WR NFL draft picks
Starting RB a high 2nd round pick and 2nd year NFL starter
Wasn't surrounded by talent they say
I don't care what the stats say in this situation; the eyeball test is all you need. J.T. Is simply a more natural, efficient, and accurate QB.
When Barrett dropped back to pass there really was never a worry in my mind. Every time Braxton dropped back to pass? I held my breath a little. Same exact thing with Pryor.
i hope Miller plays a ton this season because he is absolutely electrifying but this offense, IMO, works so much better with a distributor / point guard QB, and that has never been Miller unless he's completely changed his game
I personally think it'll go like
2015 - Barrett starts, Miller plays all over and gets some time at QB, Jones plays a good bit in mop-up duty
2016 - Barrett starts again, Jones declared for NFL draft after 2015 season
2017 - Collier (JR*), Gibson (SO*), Burrow (SO*), Wallace (FR*) all compete for starting QB job after Barrett declares as a redshirt junior. My money is on Burrow, but it's a complete toss-up.
Yeah, NCAA and Madden really toned down their ratings the last couple of years, and I thought it was a good thing. It's not realistic to have 20+ 99 overall players in the country every year like they used to have; I feel like these are pretty close to what they'd actually be.
I was probably too generous, but they like to overrate the top teams in the nation usually so maybe not.
Because I'm bored.
My 2015 OSU NCAA ratings
QB - Barrett (96) / Miller (95) / Jones (93)
RB - Elliott (97) / Samuel (88) / Dunn (84)
WR - Thomas (92) / McLaurin (81)
WR - Smith (86) / Brown (82)
H - Marshall (90) / Wilson (86)
LT - Decker (93)
LG - Price - (87)
C - Boren (89)
RG - Elflein (92)
RT - Farris (86)
DE - Bosa (98)
NT - Schutt (86)
DT - Washington (92)
DE - Lewis (85)
SLB - Lee (94)
MLB - McMillan (86)
WLB - Perry (89)
CB - Apple (89)
CB - Conley (84)
SS - Powell (87)
FS - Bell (93)
Yeah, I thought it was fairly common knowledge that Lewis "won" that open DE spot opposite Bosa in the spring.
Regardless, I'm sure there will be a heavy rotation of Bosa / Lewis / Holmes / Hubbard. Excited to see how these young DE's do.
I'm pretty sure it was a broken ankle his junior year that wiped out more than half of his season.