Football is the one sport where I don't begrudge players their outlandish salaries. Those guys are breaking their bodies against this game. Many will never be the same--physically or mentally--after a half dozen years in the league. And the ones who have it worst are the journeymen and hangers on, who go from minimum contract to minimum contract.
This article fails to mention that Hill will sit out the first six games with a suspension, which is huge. They are going to need immediate production from whoever they platoon at the 1 technique. My guess is Sprinkle, Landers and Hamilton.
The good news is, Hill will be back when we face the toughest downhill run offenses, including Michigan, Iowa, and Penn State.
Thank you. And not only is Peppers not a cover corner, he's not a deep field safety in Williams scheme. He'll be an edge-setting, in the box safety with some man cover responsibilities. He's got the tools for it. We passed on Hooker at 12 for Peppers and a first-rounder next year. If Peppers plays well in the NFL, that's a great trade.
And I love people getting in a twist over a late-round flyer on a guy with 2nd round value. For all its talent, this draft was loaded with risk. You had legal risks like Conley, Mixon and Brantley. And you had a ton of medical red flags, especially in the first round. (hell, Hooker underwent two surgeries after his only season as a starter).
As for the Patriots. Does this guy know they brought on Randy Moss? Oh, and that they drafted Aaron Hernandez despite knowing that he had failed multiple drug tests and was the subject of two police investigations (including the shooting of two people) in 2007?
Exactly. The comparison is: Hooker at 12 vs. Pepper at 25 + Houston's 2018 1st rounder.
Also, I should note that Hooker and Peppers do NOT play the same position. Hooker is a ball hawking deep safety. Peppers is a walk up safety/edge defender and is a player Gregg Williams specifically has a plan for. I really think he's going to be fine, if not great.
So true. My list goes 1. Clarrett, 2. Spence... then everybody else. The combination of Bosa and Spence would have been a goddamn spectacle. The kind of stuff that I'd tell my grandchildren about. Such a shame.
Kill me. Just... kill me.
Exactly!! The ceiling on Parris Campbell could be really high. I also think he will be much better positioned playing as a slot/H receiver, rather than on the outside.
"Still learning the offense" is a pretty chilling phrase to describe a JuCo transfer who's now three years out of high school. I know these kinds of statements from coaches are often issued as public challenges to motivate guys, but that's a tough one.
If this goes well, it will really help Hubbard's draft stock.
Interesting take. I'm not sure I agree with the Parris Cambell take. The kid was literally 16 when he signed his NLOI--he has to be one of the youngest recruits ever for OSU. He's finally a grown man among men, and I think his game will reflect that. Also, the team won't be in trouble if Parris struggles. He's got KJ Hill (proven starter) and EGW (really talented kid) behind him.
Also, I had heard that Prince was playing on bum ankles last year. It was a testament to the awful depth at OT that he was left out there to play through it. Given time to rest after Michigan, his condition improved and he played better. He's going to be fine.
This was the right call. Booker was absolutely fine last year until he got hurt early. The guy can play, and he would have come back and played last season had Baker not blown up. The staff just opted to redshirt him.
As for Worley, I am confident he'll be fine. But he is shifting positions and now has to step up to run the defense. There's real pressure there.
My grandson recently asked, "Poppy, what is a tight end?".
You know your kid is a Buckeye fan when...
(Also accepted: "Poppy, what is a screen pass?")
I really think age was an issue for Campbell. As great and fast of an athlete as he is, he's been playing against guys 3 years older than him. Now Campbell is in his 4th year in the program and pushing 21. He's been trending the right way and I fully expect him to break out this year. Especially with Kevin Wilson now at the helm offensively.
That Michigan game drop was so distressing. Felt terrible for the kid.
Lattimore is a terrific prospect, but his hamstrings are a legit concern. They kept him off the field for two years, and in this deep CB class that could be enough to force him down a few rungs. Hopefully he and the OSU training staff have a good story to tell that will convince scouts that he can stay on the field going forward, the way he did in 2016.
Was going to say this. The Atlanta D was flat out gassed in the second half. The pass rush withered and the aggressive man coverage, which was so effective keeping New England out of rhythm, collapsed. By the fourth quarter the Atlanta secondary looked like Chevy Chase stumbling through the desert in the first Vacation movie. You gotta work the clock in a situation like that, if only to give your D a break.
There's no harm in trying him out at a couple spots. Again, they did this exact thing with Hubbard and he's on track to be a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick. Our team has a glaring need at wideout, while the LB position is stupid deep, especially outside. If White were a candidate to play middle linebacker, maybe this experiment doesn't come up. But when your OLB candidates includes Worley, Booker, Baker, Jones, Harrison, and freshmen Browning(!) and Werner, it changes the calculus.
Besides, it's not like White is behind at wideout. He played the position on offense in high school and he was specifically recruited as an "athlete." As an early enrollee, he'll have all winter and spring to work at the position. If it takes, awesome. We just plugged an important gap. If not, he returns to linebacker little worse for wear.
That is not happening. A far better comparison is Sam Hubbard (another freak athlete), who the Buckeyes first thought might play at LB, then experimented with at TE, before finally settling on weakside DE. Once they locked him in at defensive end, he stayed there. I expect something similar with White.
The DT pipeline is really lumpy right now. We have two redshirt seniors (Hill, Sprinkle) who will be gone after this year. Then there's the mob of five redshirt sophomores (Alabi, Landers, Cornell, Jones, Hamilton), followed by Malik Barrow as the lone redshirt freshman. We'll need three solid DT recruits next year who will be set to step up when that group of five departs.
I'm more concerned about the pipeline at DE. Holmes, Hubbard and Lewis leave after next year. So that leaves Bosa and Cooper, both of whom may well go pro after '18, to start ahead of RS seniors Slade and Thompson (neither of whom has done much here to date). The numbers at DE the last three recruit cycles is pretty slim: one in 2015 (Berry), two in 2016 (Bosa, Cooper), and just one again in 2017 (Young). We'll want three quality DEs as well in 2017.
Prince was playing on two bum ankles much of last season and was gritting it out. Given a month+ off before the Clemson game, he returned to play well. He's going to be just fine at tackle next year. With Pridgeon healthy and Bowen finally rounding into form, our tackle depth is not bad.
I agree. I think Hill at WR makes more sense than at H (though I get it; H-back is essentially a slot receiver with some edge and backfield runs mixed in). Parris at H-back would make the most sense to me. The kid was an RB coming in, is fast as lightning, and has shown nice elusiveness in the return game. He's also a strong blocker. Commit him to H-back behind or alongside McCall and hope he can cut down on pass drops.
That said, if Urban is looking for a sure thing at H, KJ Hill is the call. The Buckeye offense works from the inside out, and KJ is your most reliable, experienced and proven receiver at this point. Putting him inside allows him to impact more aspects of the game than if he's set at the X or Z.
Really, the group is more young than it is weak. Victor and Mack are both very promising. And people forget that Parris Campbell was just 16 years old when he enrolled at Ohio State. Despite being three years in the program, he's still just 19. I think he is going to surprise people this year, now that he'll be at least as old as most of the sophomores and juniors he'll face next year. And don't sleep on KJ Hill. He's entering his third year in the program. He's going to be productive.
It'll work itself out. One or two will (unfortunately) get injured, and another couple will miss some time dinged up. You'll see coaches rest players in-season who could otherwise play through minor injuries. And of course you can expect plenty of rotation, including situational rush packages, etc. The challenge for the DL is to play well in the snaps they have. The benefit is, they won't have to play through exhaustion (the way Joey Bosa was forced to in 2014).
Will they play at the nose? Yes. Will they do it in 2017 as first year players? I would be really surprised. You need to be a grown man to play the 1 technique.
Two things. First, Hooker had only been playing football a few years when he came to Ohio State. So I think it's hardly surprising that Ash would be cautious with his development and let him work behind Powell. As great as Hooker looked in '16, it's possible he could have butchered tihngs in '15 and gotten into a cycle of frustration. Second, don't underestimate the impact of a new coach on the scene. Schiano immediately recognized Hooker's incredible physical talent and promoted him to starter.