Dontre has never shown any great ability on kick returns. He has, however, consistently gotten open and caught the damn ball when Barrett put it in his zip code. Slot receiver looks to be his best odds of making a pro team. I could easily see it happening. He still has the quicks in space (necessary for getting open). As long as he stays really solid catching the football, I could see him catching 60-70 balls a season for some team in the NFL.
He did get some PT last year when games got out of hand. He had some tackles where he just swallowed the ball carrier and straight planted them on their backs.
If he can master the defense and play under control, he's going to be a superstar.
This is exactly how I feel. I'm rooting for JT to have an awesome year with Wilson/Day fixing everything with mechanics and play-calling, etc. That would be super.
But if it doesn't happen, and it's apparent that a big problem is JT's timing issues, like they were last year, then I really want to see Burrow given a shot. He seems to throw a very accurate ball and most importantly, ON TIME.
The guy I'd worry about being "Peter Principled" like Warriner would be Kerry Coombs. Because it sounds like Urban had to promise him more coordinating duties to keep Fickell from hiring him as his defensive coordinator. So I would expect he'll be the right hand man to Schiano and be groomed to take over when Schiano leaves in a year or two.
But he has kicked ass in everything he's been asked to do so far at Ohio State, so he probably deserves the benefit of doubt here.
Another possibility is that he just wasn't a "track" speed kind of guy. All I know is that he looked pretty damn fast with the football pads on. I don't remember ever noticing him being "slow" on a play, so a lack of top end speed definitely wasn't obvious to me.
I was kind of looking forward to how Kevin Wilson would utilize Noah Brown. In my opinion, the best thing for Noah Brown would have been staying at least one more year and moving into a hybrid TE/FB type position. He may have put up some big time stats. I'm positive that Kevin Wilson would have known how to use him very effectively.
Before anyone counters with "Well, Jalin Marshall was only a 4.7 guy", because of a reported 4.7 40 he ran at a combine between his junior and senior years I just have this to say: "No... he... wasn't."
You can easily convince yourself that he was at least a 4.45 guy by re-watching Zeke's awesome 85 yard jaunt through Alabama's defense in the Sugar Bowl. Jalin followed him all the way to the endzone stride for stride, and may have actually been gaining a bit.
WOW. We can certainly use the scholarship, but I seriously can't see Noah Brown getting drafted at this point in time. IMHO, he's too slow to be an NFL wide receiver. He's probably about a 4.65 40 guy at best. He also dropped a fair number of well-thrown balls this year, a lot more than you'd expect for a guy that supposedly has suction cups for hands.
I do believe he can make it in the NFL, but at tight end, not wide receiver. He's going to need to be picked up by a team that sees his long range potential, and looks at aspects of a player's game that don't produce great stats but are essential for producing a winning team, like being a great blocker.
Best of luck to Noah Brown.
This is not an accurate take on "who" Urban Meyer was when we hired him. He did NOT over-sign players while at Florida.
Also, I have to believe that the coaches have had a pretty good idea overall about who would be staying and who would be leaving way before this season even began, and adjusted their recruiting strategy accordingly. So it's probably misguided to think that it's going to be a situation where at the end of the summer the coaches are going to say, "Oh shit. We're still over 85. Time to ruthlessly kick some kids to the curb!"
I don't have a problem with "over-signing", unless it means we kick a player off the team who genuinely wants to stay with his teammates and get his degree from Ohio State. Most kids, though, want to have a chance to play before their career is over, even if it means going to a notoriously bad FBS program or going down to an FCS school.
I don't know. I think Barrett can be great again, better even than he was in the middle of the 2014 season. I think it highly depends on an offensive coordinator who is able to streamline the game plan and distill it down into a form that Barrett has confidence in executing. I think that is what Herman was able to do for Barrett and later Cardale Jones. They didn't have to do a lot of thinking on the field. That is what really messes up offensive players, when they aren't certain of what they should do. And I believe that is exactly what we were seeing in 2015 and this year.