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Comment 08 Feb 2016

As a Giants fan, I would selfishly love for Zeke to come up to NYC. If Tom Coughlin were still the coach, I wouldn't put it past him to push hard to Zeke in the draft. Coughlin loved players that he believed could contribute immediately regardless of their ceiling, and RBs that aren't after too block like Zeke. Since Coughlin isn't there anymore, I'm guessing that Zeke would be too big of a reach at #10 for GM Jerry Reese and new HC Ben McAdoo. They'll most likely DB like Hargreaves or Jalen Ramsey (an O-lineman would be nice too).

So for Zeke's career sake, I hope he gets drafted by a team with a established OL like Pittsburgh, Dallas, Seattle, and Kansas City (as insurance for Jamaal Charles).

Comment 08 Feb 2016

Hard to say... If I could choose whoever I wanted, then based on team needs hands-down I'd choose Adolphus Washington. I'm guessing that DT depth is going to be an issue next season with only Tracy Sprinkle, Michael Hill, and Donovan Munger next year at that position group. It was the main reason I was so bummed that Ohio State couldn't lockdown Rashard Lawrence, we could really use a big space-eater like him next year/the near future.

Since, I'm limited to just the early entrants, I'd probably go with Joey Bosa for pretty much the same reason. It doesn't completely solve the DT depth, but it would give the LJSr./Fickell some flexibility with DL rotations since Bosa can play inside based on match-ups... especially since Hubbard and Lewis have shown that they can hold down the DE spots without issue.

Sorry guys, not to be a Debbie downer, but I'm just extremely worried about interior DL (some for 2016, even moreso for 2017). I'm not super familiar with OSU's 2017 targets, but I'm really hoping we land a big fish (figuratively and literally) at DT.

Or... maybe I'm just worried for no reason, and a guy like Malik Barrow comes out of nowhere to ball out at DT for the next 2-3 years.

Comment 03 Feb 2016

LB is not a position of concern

As long as Luke Fickell is in charge of the LBs, I'll never be concerned about that group. Time and time again, Fickell has taken low-rated/3* guys and made them in to All-American/All-B1G players: AJ Hawk, James Laurinaitis, Ryan Shazier, Darron Lee...

DTs though, I am a little worried about... I believe in LJSr., but it is hard to coach up DTs if you don't have any to begin with...

Comment 03 Feb 2016

**** Samuel moves to starting RB***

I thought Curtis Samuel was a lock to take over Braxton's position as the HB/WR/Pivot position with Bri'onte Dunn and Mike Weber competing for Zeke's vacated spot.

Comment 03 Feb 2016

I counted 13 seniors...

HB/WR: Braxton Miller

TE: Nick Vannett

LT: Taylor Decker

C: Jacoby Boren

RT: Chase Farris

DT: Adolphus Washington

DT: Tommy Schutt

LB: Joshua Perry

LS: Bruce Haynes

K: Jack Willoughby

WR: Jeff Greene

DT: Joel Hale

LB: Camren Williams

...but I don't remember is Jeff Greene and Bruce Haynes were on scholarship or not.

Comment 03 Feb 2016

It would have been a sight to see:

1 - Evan Turner ; Aaron Craft

2 - William Buford ; Lenzelle Smith Jr.

3 - Jon Diebler ; DeShaun Thomas

4- David Lighty ; Evan Ravenel 

5 - Jared Sullinger ; Dallas Lauderdale

Diebler/Lighty/Buford were unstoppable from 3-land that year (50%, 43% and 44% 3P% respectively), and Lighty was a lockdown defender. Plus, freshman phenom Jared Sullinger... smh, no way the Bucks wouldn't have won it all that year.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

I understand why everyone is saying Rashan Gary, but I honestly think he makes a moderate impact. Not because of lack in talent, but because Michigan is returning both their starting DTs in RsSr. Ryan Glasgow (non-DUI one) and RsSr. Chris Wormley.

Although, I can also see Wormley sliding over to DE to replace early draftee DE Willie Henry, which would open up a spot for Gary.

Comment 31 Jan 2016

In 2012 and 2013, what exactly was wrong with the defensive units that Fickell was led (LBs and DLs)? From my point of view, all of Ohio State's defensive struggle those two years were from a poorly coached secondary that played way too soft. Those units were led by Everett Withers, who was the one fired instead of Fickell.

Comment 04 Jan 2016

He's currently the #2 projected WR in the draft behind Laquon Treadwell. It is really worth stay a whole another year and risking injury to move up 4-5 spots in the draft? Heck, with a solid-to-amazing combine workout, Thomas could work himself above Treadwell even. 

Comment 03 Jan 2016

I'm not a Browns fan, but when a team is in such a disarray as them, you either take the best available player with the #1 overall pick, or trade down and fix multiple spots.

If they are committed to Johnny Football, then trade down and surround him with some weapons. Plenty of decent RBs (Zeke), or WRs (Thomas) will be available towards the mid-to-late 1st round.

Comment 01 Jan 2016

I don't know where I'd rank Braxton all-time (definitely in the top-10), but I would absolutely support Braxton Miller's #5 being retired/honored.

Comment 31 Dec 2015

Didn't Robert Rose ignore double torn labrums in both his arms until his senior year? That was a really dumb move by Rose that ruined any shot he had at a pro career, but it would explain why he never lived up to the hype.

IIRC, Rose avoided getting arthroscopic surgery to repair his shoulders until the offseason before his senior season at OSU because he was afraid the rehab time would make him fall in the depth chart.

Comment 30 Dec 2015

Actually the argument I heard last year was that Mike Sanford Jr. didn't want to be pigeonholed as the OC that ran "Urban's offense" and instead wanted make a name for himself to springboard to a HC position.

Comment 24 Dec 2015

“Looking up good defenses and it’s an easy one to spot, it was No. 1 in the country,” he chuckled Tuesday night, a day after announcing Brown as his new coordinator. “Right there at the very top of the list in several categories. I’m looking at a lot of (things.) Let’s find out about this, look at this, research, that’s what you do in a thorough search.”

Harbaugh has said a few times since the announcement that he spoke to multiple people he respects about Brown’s history, citing New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick and his brother John, among others.

But the start came a little more simply, in his search.

“You could tell a lot from just looking at the Internet, seeing the track record and the facts,” said Harbaugh

It kind of sounds like the extent of Harbaugh's search for a DC started and ended with typing "best defense 2015 college football" into Google.

Comment 24 Dec 2015

Plus, Urban has consistently stressed that his asst. coaches must also be phenomenal recruiters. It's a big reason why Urban kept Vrabel on his staff and why he values Fickell is so much, both of them was/are great recruiters. Greg Schiano is a great recruiter as well, he was in the process of putting up a wall around all the NJ talent when he was at Rutgers.