I don't mean to be a downer but Eli Apple is not our top cornerback right now. He's more like #4 - behind Doran Grant, Armani Reeves, and Gareon Conley. If Apple can rise up past those guys on the depth chart then more power to him, but he's not there yet.
I don't think Heuerman really has a shot at the first round. He's an NFL guy for sure but he's not really the type of super athletic receiving TE that usually goes in the first round.
Michael Bennett has a good shot if he has a good year. With a strong year at nose tackle this year he'll have proven himself at 3 positions along the line, and NFL teams love that kind of versatility
Braxton of course will be heavily debated and needs a to take some big strides. He has the talent, but it's so hard to tell what QBs will go where - especially this far out from the draft.
Spence and Decker would be the juniors most likely to make the jump and both of them play positions that have a lot of value in the first round. If you're a top 5 OT or pass rusher you've got a great shot at going in the first round.
Other guys who could step up to first round level with huge years are Devin Smith and Dorian Grant - They both have all the physical tools that NFL teams look for and they play positions with a lot of draft value. They've both shown flashes of greatness, especially Smith, but they need to be much more consistent. If one of them puts it all together and has a huge year he could see himself shooting up draft boards before next spring.
Darron Lee was a summer commit who had to earn his offer by coming to summer camps and performing in front of the coaches. Expect to see a couple more guys like that come on the scene this summer as well.
The Seahawks are a good franchise but I'm not sure this is a great situation for Pryor. It would have been good for him to go somewhere where he could at least be the backup and perhaps be groomed to take over in the future. With Russell Wilson being so young and the with the Seahawks having just resigned Tarvaris Jackson, Pryor is likely stuck as the #3 QB for a while, which some teams don't even keep on the active roster. Unless the Seahawks are unable to resign Wilson (unlikely) then Pryor is unlikely to see meaningful playing time in Seattle.
Luke Kuechly is the exception, not the rule. Most guys from Ohio who go to Cincinnati or Boston College could never crack the 2-deep at Ohio State.
Not to say that is the case for Connor, he may turn out be a great one. But Ohio State is not obligated to offer every kid from Ohio just because they want to be Buckeyes and get offers from some lower tier schools.
This is disappointing but I can't say I'm surprised. With the way Meyer kept talking about depth problems at safety this spring I figured some of the guys down the depth chart could be having issues. Once Bell went out with an injury nearly all the first team reps at Safety went to Powell and Burrows while most other positions continued to rotate guys in. Meyer has also said several times how he was waiting for Erik Smith to get here and fill out the depth chart at safety which also raised some red flags.
Predicted depth chart at safety:
1st team: Tyvis Powell and Vonn Bell
2nd Team: Cam Burrows and Erik Smith
That is a very young but extremely talented group. I wonder where this leaves the one other experienced safety on the roster in Ron Tanner. Hopefully he is able to make an impact as well.
To be fair this happened frequently under Tressel too. Guys who aren't fitting in for whatever reason or are unhappy with their spot on the depth chart and chances for playing time decide to move on to another school. It happens every year here and at pretty much every other major program.
Totally. If a guy isn't an All American his sophomore year then you bench him for an unproven rookie - that's just good coaching. Never mind if he's your top returning player at the position and he's been showing marked improvement since last season. We all know that nobody ever bets better from one year to the next. All good football coaches know that if a player isn't instantly amazing then you just give up on him...
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