Ohio State Depth Chart: A February Projection of the Buckeyes' 2018 Two-Deep

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Desymond's picture

Missing about 10-12 "OR's" but otherwise looks pretty solid. 

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Buck68's picture

...row dat boat!

between 'OR's' and captains our crew will over gross the ship.

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IsJoeFlaccoElite's picture

Not a ton of confidence in Brandon Bowen as a starter. He got shoved deep into the backfield way too much last year and as soon as he goes down the line becomes much better all season.

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tlammers1996's picture

Chase Young has the potential to be the best player on the team next year.  Him and Bosa are going to be amazing on the D-Line together.

Let's party Columbus

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dan_isaacs's picture

I got downvoted into oblivion in a /r/cfb post about the greatest DE duos in CFB history after I said Bosa/Young 2018 Buckeyes.  :)

Dan Isaacs

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tdk2712's picture

We got ya over here on this site lol

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Phillips.449's picture

UV from me in an attempt to nullify the effects of your previous DVs.

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warosu's picture

It happens!!!!! Just don't complain.....

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Buck68's picture

any star "potential to be" has a 100% chance of getting trampled by the rest of the guy's 'actually becoming'....   ;-{)}

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bonebuck's picture

The greatest bookends in CFB.

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OSUBucknut2002's picture

I think u accidentally bolded the wrong QB

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Txsbuckeye's picture

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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robinson819's picture

Martell won't be the starter.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

Move Munford to RT, Bowen back to guard...and I am not sure Brady Taylor wins the center job

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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analyticalguy's picture

I'm not sure about a number of the positions, but I have no more reason to be less sure about Taylor. 

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Buck68's picture

shuffle the deck, then deal each card to whom i tell you....    ;-{)}

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

That is a lot of talent and a lot of excitement to anticipate.  The 2018 Buckeye football team will be very good.  Let's enjoy the ride, 11wers.

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BuckNutChicago's picture

Reading this article is a great reminder about how stacked the roster is next year.

Go Buckeyes!!!

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stpetebuck's picture

Crazy that this even needs to be said, but it does - and I concur.  It’s an amazing time to be Buckeye fans. 

Thank you urban. You make us expect championships. 

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Scarlatina's picture

I wonder how likely it is to see Michael Jordan moved back out to LT.

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bakerjon's picture

I would switch Jordan and Bowen in this lineup. Otherwise, spot on

Boy, I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals! - Butch Cassidy

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RBurgundy4's picture

I would support that idea, Scarlatina. Given the sheer number of snaps MJ has played over the last 2 seasons I think the adjustment for him has a chance to go pretty smoothly, as he certainly should know all of the line calls and blitz adjustments for the left side by now. He has all of the physical attributes. 

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MercyTex's picture

How did this valid question merit a DV?  It has been discussed as a possibility earlier on this site. Smh +1

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Buckeye0214's picture

Hopefully the OSU special teams will return to being dynamic. Demario McCall has serious potential to break out on kickoffs this season. Jaelen Gill could also be a standout on special teams. The linebackers are what excite me most. Once the Buckeyes figured out who should be playing toward the end of last season, Ohio State picked up some slack. Tuf Borland in the middle is exciting as he picks up where he left off. Baron Browning is so athletic he can essentially play all three linebacker spots and Malik Harrison showed glimpses of his true potential last year. Expect the LB's to give the secondary a little more help this year.

"Cause I couldn't go for three"

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Berg2004's picture

Why do we have 2 punters?  I get the need for 2 kickers, but 2 punters seems odd and an opportunity to get us to the 85-player roster.

Also, can we not have 9 captains this year?  

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Dan Hope's picture

Should have made this more clear originally, but Jake Metzer is a walk-on. Chrisman is the only punter on scholarship.

Berg2004's picture

That makes sense.  Thanks for clarifying.

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Desymond's picture

I appreciate the inclusion. Tressel's second favorite player deserves a spot on the depth chart. 

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tcm1968's picture

Still think Freshman Matthew Jones has a real shot at starting at center. He's enrolled early which should really help.

MLB is going to be interesting. If Browning somehow wins the job where would Tuf play? And if Tuf wins the job that means our starting MLB is on the field like 30-40% of the game depending on the team. 

Here's hoping at least 1 or 2 of the young WRs pushes those top 6 guys for playing time or 2019 could be UGLY.

Go Bucks!

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buckeyeinWI's picture

It's going to be a fun watching the competition this spring, summer...

OHIO STATE doesn't re-build, it RE-LOADS!

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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@OSUDefender's picture

IMO, Prince, with more experience and an entire spring and fall to adjust, is more likely to win the left tackle job than Bowen. 

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BrutusB's picture

Yea I understand not wanting to take him out of his comfort zone, but I'd rather have the most experienced tackle protecting the blindside. 

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BuckeyeCrusdader's picture

I agree. Prince struggled mightily in his first year.. so did Taylor Decker. Prince is long armed and shows athleticism necessary to play LT. If he shows similar year over year improvement he could prove to be a great LT.

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bclautz's picture

Tate will be the starter 

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martin anderson's picture

If he is then we will only have one QB because Haskins and Burrow will both transfer and Baldwin's injury status is TBD. Tate might be Urban's ideal QB but I can't believe he would risk losing both Haskins and Burrow although Burrow is likely gone anyway if he isn't the starter

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swainpm's picture

Def agree on Tate seeing limited action the next 2 years.  And there are still many, myself included hoping Burrow wins out.  It will be closer than many think - and if Burrow wins out...wow it will be fun to watch.  Both probable starters can throw it, and Burrow supposedly is the better runner.

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TigerSweat's picture

I'm more interested in the better passer. we can compare running abilities for the Rb's. There's too much talent on the field to give the QB 15 carries per game while using the receivers and backs as Gloria decoys.

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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Doug James's picture

Yes.   Almost everybody seems to have written off Burrow.   I wouldn't be surprised if the coaches see Borrow and Haskins even right now.

DJ

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NapervilleBuck's picture

MA - So if Martell proves to be the better QB based on the competition in the spring and wins the starter spot, Urban should still name one of the other two QB's for fear of them transferring?

#TeamTate

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Some season ...

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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ramsdude456's picture

I think Matthew Jones will surprise and win the starting C job, but it may be really close, and I don't believe that Wyatt Davis won't win a G spot.

Prince--Jordan--Jones/Taylor--Davis--Bowen

Thats my predicted line at this point. But I wouldn't be surprised to see:

Jordan--Davis--Jones/Taylor--Bowen--Prince

Knox was good last year but I don't think he is a lock at all on this line with the Bowen coming back and Davis/Jones pushing for early playing time.

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BrutusB's picture

I could see that.  Taylor has been a serviceable backup, but the fact that for two years in a row the coaches decided to move someone over in front of him kind of tells me they don't think he has the same upside.

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Bigmarty's picture

Jones looks really good on film...quick, tenacious, mean, strong, good feet, playing center with the calls is my only question as a frosh but go for it!!

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Ill_Buckeye's picture

Might be in the minority here but am I the only one who sees a possibility of Wade making a position change to safety and possibly starting opposite of fuller? When you watch his hs tape the dude is a serious ballhawk, he has really nice size for the position and imo doesnt have the crazy top end speed which you would like at CB. He has Malik Hooker 2.0 written all over him to me..

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RBurgundy4's picture

Don't know about a move to safety - maybe, I suppose - but the kid is definitely a baller. Hard to image that he won't get significant, meaningful snaps somewhere in the secondary.

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woodi19's picture

I think Munford at LT and Prince stays at RT.  I also think Wyatt Davis wins a Guard spot and not so sure about Taylor at C.

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Byaaaahhh's picture

All I know is, I can't wait for August. 

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Txsbuckeye's picture

Malik Barrow is making the two deep

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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BucksHave7's picture

So what is our official number of Starters to replace on Offense and also on Defense?

BucksHave7

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buckslan's picture

I think 4 new starters on offense (LT, QB, TE, C) and 7 on defense (DE, DE, DT, OLB, MLB, CB,S) even though Worley played on the outside at the end of the season, I still included him at MLB.

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BucksHave7's picture

Thanks Man.  I just didnt feel like counting.   Wow, that many on D?  Just doesnt feel like that.   

BucksHave7

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jpfbucks01's picture

I may end up being way wrong but to me Burrow gives you a little of the best of both worlds.

He was a far more prolific runner in HS than Haskins and in 2016 when fully healthy showed some ability to be an effective runner at this level going 12 carries for 58 yards and a score, ie 4.8 per carry, where Haskins was 3.6 this past year

He also was a prolific passer and has shown tons of ability to spin it quite well completing nearly 72% of his passes so far on his career, Where Tate is a virtual unknown as a passer at this level.

IE Burrow could give you 90% of Haskins passing and 80% of Tate's running in 1 package, I would say dont count him out yet

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Buck Danger's picture

I think Ryan Day loves Haskins, he talks about his elite accuracy and how the ball jumps out of his hands. Considering his new play calling OC duties, and he's the QB coach, I think we're definitely going to see Haskins, IMO. 

“I’m so tired of flexing.”

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DibbleDabble's picture

Not Happening . . .

"Vision without execution is just hallucination."

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Doug James's picture

Yes. This article is putting Tate as backup over Burrow.  Absolute foolish.  Burrow will compete for starting job.   

DJ

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Buckeye Jack's picture

For me, seeing Burrow leave the program would be like watching Coombs leave. Huge loss. 

Everybody (including me) hates dual QB's, but I'd like it just fine if it meant Burrow would stay. 

Zone6, with rotating WR's, will have 1000+ yards at all 3 WR positions this season

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DibbleDabble's picture

you guys should be prepared for disappointment.

"Vision without execution is just hallucination."

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BrutusB's picture

That is way too many WRs with "1" by their name.  The coaches need to drop that "six starter" nonsense and tell the best 3 guys they're going to play the vast majority of the snaps. The coaches claim to love competition so much but with that group it's like theyre terrified of hurt feelings.

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buckslan's picture

If you have 6 guys that have the ability to play, you play them. It's a luxury to have, and before you further criticize it, just know Clemson does the same thing. It's not about hurt feelings, all of those guys are able to make plays and contribute.

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Cooper's picture

Every single one of those receivers provide value to that unit. Dixon and Campbell are big play guys, McLaurin can make a big play and is the best blocker, Victor and Mack are both possession receivers, and Hill is the perfect slot guy to run underneath routes. Not one of those players have established themselves as a Michael Thomas, so the rotation seems perfect to me.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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analyticalguy's picture

I don't care what they're called (6 starters, or 3 1st team and 3 2nd team), or that there are six of them total who play most of the time, but the BEST of these need to see more snaps than the not-quite-as good. The chance of there really being 2 exactly equal guys at each of these 3 position is virtually non-existent.  Getting the better guys on the field MORE increases the chances of plays being made.

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Buckeye614's picture

Burrow will not transfer if he doesn't win the job, He will leave next year as a graduate transfer and will not have to sit out a year.

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BrutusB's picture

I thought I read that he could graduate this year. 

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Ludwig Yards's picture

He's said he is graduating this spring, so he could leave as a grad transfer this year and not sit out. 

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Buckeye614's picture

Ok thanks! I thought he would be eligible next year.

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buckslan's picture

I just have a hard time seeing Bowen at LT after his injury. To me he's the 3rd most likely choice behind Prince and Jordan. I believe Wyatt Davis is going to make a drastic improvement and show that he is one of the best 5 players on the OL and he'll sieze a starting guard spot. That leads me to believe the staff will push Jordan out to LT, where he's a more natural fit with his 6'7" frame.

LT-Michael Jordan, LG-Wyatt Davis, C-Brady Taylor, RG-Demitrius Knox, RT-Isaiah Prince. That would be a fantastic OL if Jordan handles the transition seamlessly.

Linebacker is also the place I'm most looking forward to. It's practically an open competition at all 3 spots and once again I feel the staff will look for the 3 best guys. To me I think that'll be..

SAM-Malik Harrison, MIKE-Justin Hilliard, WILL-Baron Browning

I have the feeling Dante Booker will slide down to DE to provide some depth, especially with only 3 bodies available in the spring.

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Buckeye614's picture

Malik Harrison has the frame to move to D.E but I don't think Booker does.

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joebuckeye5's picture

How do you figure that Hilliard who was already surpassed by a younger, less experienced player in Borland will all of a sudden become better than him and steal his starting spot?  That seems pretty far-fetched.

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buckslan's picture

Hilliard has been plagued by injuries most of his career and that's set him back as far as getting valuable off season reps go. If he's healthy this off season I think he'll impress. He's more physically talented than Borland is too and has been in the program longer.

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Buck Danger's picture

Buckslan, I agree with you. Hilliard has wicked quickness and explosion. I just want to see him given a chance and turned loose.

“I’m so tired of flexing.”

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sharks's picture

Calling my shot: the Rieper stands above Wade on the depth chart after spring ball.

A man got to have a code...

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Buck Danger's picture

Wade was the Gatorade Defensive Player of the year in high school. I think the kid is an alpha dog. I wouldn't bet against him being the best corner on the team when it is said and done. 

“I’m so tired of flexing.”

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niblick's picture

DEFENSIVE END

1. Nick Bosa

2. Tyreke Smith

DEFENSIVE END

1A. Chase Young

1B. Jonathon Cooper

That is just a gross, borderline obscene, wealth of talent that we should feel guilty about having.  (I don't, but we should)

I can't believe Terry McLaurin still get reps on this team.  It's like waiting for Amir Williams to finally graduate and run out of eligibility.

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joebuckeye5's picture

Feel free to say what you want about Terry McLaurin's talent/ability, but I don't believe his effort has ever been called into question so the Amir Williams comparison is completely uncalled for and unnecessary.

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niblick's picture

ok, marc loving then. feel better?

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DibbleDabble's picture

McLaurin improved as the year went on last season, he has the speed to burn.  Unfair comparisons.  Loving was a pot head and Williams was just apathetic as hell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BssiMTIDRfg

 

"Vision without execution is just hallucination."

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analyticalguy's picture

Did you get a load of those facilities/classroom in that video?  No wonder Hayes couldn't attract top talent to the program.

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bucknutz18's picture

Chill on it man.  T-MC will drop a pass or two but his effort is always there and he's clearly the best blocker in that room.  

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ITWASME's picture

C'mon man McLaurin is the best blocking wide receiver on the team and there were a lot of times he was open on deep balls and was missed. No reason bash players like that

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buckslan's picture

McLaurin is a lot better than you think. I'd venture to say he's probably the leader of that WR room.

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bd2999's picture

I would be surprised if anybody other than Haskins is QB to start the season. The guys arm is too good not to and he seems like he can do most of it. Tate may come in situationally.

I just worry if Tate is the guy, not saying he cannot throw, but the team may fall into some of the same traps it has with Barrett.

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OurHonorDefend09's picture

my biggest concern with Tate is that he won't finish a full season due to the coaches running him too much for his size (much like Braxton, who was as slippery as they come).

I'm really just hoping that Dwayne starts and Urban takes advantage of his rocket, but I'm starting to question the plausibility of this fantasy after the past few years.

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Turfgrad's picture

Especially with that field of receivers!

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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Dillon G's picture

Hilliard – after overcoming injuries to become a strong performer on special teams this past season

Damn right that is what I saw from my couch. 

#walkaway

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lammers2006's picture

Joey Burrow and Mike Weber, I feel for those two so much. Both get injuries at the worst possible time and their backups come in and are home run prospects.

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BrutusB's picture

You're right on Weber, but it's still a little early to equate Dwayne's 7 real passes to what Dobbins did over a full season.

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

I disagree. While Weber likely gets the start against IU at the beginning, it was clear that Dobbins was too special of a talent to keep off the field. He would have split reps with Weber regardless of Weber's injury. I for one also believe Haskins had the backup role on lockdown before Burrow's injury, but have no way to prove that. 

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Dillon G's picture

Burrow and Weber are different than Haskins and Dobbins. Dobbins is better, Weber has more break away speed now. Burrow is better, Haskins has a bigger arm.

#walkaway

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Moneymike's picture

if burrow was better he would've went in when JT went down

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Dillon G's picture

Maybe you missed all the missteps since 2018 at QB. I'm not sure.
 

#walkaway

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NapervilleBuck's picture

MM - And the coaches said they almost burned Martell's RS for the Michigan game.  What's that tell you?

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Bucks2TheNatty's picture

The one thing I can say for sure about the offensive line is the best 5 guys will play. It doesn't matter where they played last year. I know 4 guys Jordan, Prince, Bowen, Knox. That 5th spot is up for grabs.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

I'd go to war with this squad. Some inexperience but that defense has a whole lotta speed.

I'll also just come out and say it. I am a fan of Big Bob Landers. I celebrate the man's whole collection. 

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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analyticalguy's picture

There are is a lot to shake out here with players seizing their opportunity and units gelling before this becomes a great team, but it's been a while since I've had the confidence about the talent being there across the board.  In other years I always had serous questions about 1 or 2 position groups. 

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rockyincbus's picture

I think Dan nailed the o-line starters though I will say that I am intrigued at the idea of moving Michael Jordan to LT if Bowen needs more time to recover from injury.  They both look and move like LTs to me.  I think by the time things sort themselves out and the three guys from last year's recruiting class really enter the fray, the second best O-line in the division will be our second string.  If the projected starters can hold the younger guys off, then we'll know they can flat-out play.

You've got barbecue back there?

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Osusam77's picture

I think Tate can wait another year. But I feel for the loser for starter between Haskins and Burrow. Both good kids and talented QBs. Either could have started last year or this year for another B1G Team. I wonder what teams like TTUN or WISKY say when they see this talent. 

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Great write-up Dan!  I'm hoping the corners and safety's will step up.  I know we say this almost every season, but this team could complete for the whole enchilada.  I did not really feel that way the last two seasons, odd to post that considering we had a recording breaking machine of a QB.  With Haskins, Weber, Dobbins and what should be a pretty deep WR corp for a change, the offense SHOULD be potent and the D line will be the premier line in the country, if the other "two rows" on D play well could be very exciting.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Turfgrad's picture

DEEP WR corps!

"I think Alabama would beat Ohio State if they played next weekend!" Clay Travis Fox Sports Post Championship Show 1.12.2015.  Needs no explanation.

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analyticalguy's picture

Deep, yes.  I just want some real production from at least a few of the guys who were playing (and then give them the bulk of the snaps).

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Osusam77's picture

I'm already excited about next year - who cares about the Superbowl!

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letsgobucks's picture

Last year I commented that Tuf would be the starting Middle Linebacker this year. There were a couple of fans who thought I was ridiculous. He hasnt won the job yet but I dont think I sound so ridiculous anymore.. :)

I cant imagine Amir Riep not in the 2 deep this year. Hes physically gifted and appears to be very disciplined as a player. And theres no way Proctor is on the 2 deep before him. Urban will make a change of positions before that happens. (nothing against Proctor. I think he'll be a good player IN TIME)

I like Bowen but I just dont see him starting at LT after coming back from a season ending injury. Maybe if he had started there last year or if he didnt exit the season the way he did or if we didnt have Prince and Munford, who appears to be the real deal. Thats asking a lot from Bowen. 

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Chic'sGhost's picture

I will be shocked if Brady Taylor starts at center.  I think Matt Burrell will be the man.  

That lineup is frighteningly good.  Really solid experience at every position and a bit of depth.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives amongst us.

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buckslan's picture

Why would you be shocked? Taylor has been in the program forever and he knows the position better than anyone on the team. Wouldn't really shock me.

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Bigmarty's picture

Think DTs by mid-season will be different....3 newbies gonna play.

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Bigmarty's picture

Think for the first time in memory our short yardage defense will be something!!!

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Zone 6: the same 1A and 1B for all three positions--six co-starters...Zach Smith seems to be taking his unit's nickname literally. With a new QB, these guys, who will all be juniors and seniors, need to step up. Time for the roster's weakest link to become a strength.

Why couldn't Vrabel have taken Smith and not Coombs?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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analyticalguy's picture

I think the answer is clear - he doesn't need a twitter jock to recruit.

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mmp15f's picture

I feel like they may move Knox to center, put Bowen back at his right guard spot, and have Thayer Munford start at left tackle. It'll definitely be interesting to see how it plays out, however.

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NOBLUE's picture

WOW its really shocking that most writers are writing off Burrow even before the competition starts 

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Doug James's picture

You are correct.  Foolish writer(s). 

DJ

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

I am a huge Haskins fan but Joe B. Is being shown to the door ? Don't tell me there won't be a QB battle again this year. A healthy competition would be a win / win. We Know the head coach has an obsession but hopefully Tate will need to earn an opportunity.

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bucknutz18's picture

Honestly my only question with this team going into next year is the OL, which also happens to be the most important position group for Urban.  QB will work itself out and I really trust Day/Wilson with a fulle year under their belts.  Defensively we add Grinch to the mix and our DL re-ups.  Tuf solidifies the middle so much we can afford to put speed on the weakside with Browning and Harrison on the strong side.  Fuller is a star in the making and I really like Pryor.  I think our three corners are going to be special this year as well.

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analyticalguy's picture

OL definitely has the most important questions to be answered, not only with two vacancies to fill, but also with the possibility of guys being shuffled around. And then after the starters are selected, there needs to be time for the unit to gel.  I'm confident that there is good raw material, but a good OL is about more than that.

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firefightertodd's picture

You mention that Urban typically prefers a running quarterback.  Since Haskins, Burrow and Martell have basically have no stats at OSU, could you share their rushing stats from HS?  

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BuckeyeBlitz22's picture

#PlayCjSaunders

~BuckeyeBlitz

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Numbers's picture

Tate has the potential to be a more dynamic dual threat than Braxton Miller? Ooookay.

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buckslan's picture

Why wouldn't he? Tate was a high 4/5* just like Braxton was, and Tate had a dominating HS career, far better than what Braxton did.

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Numbers's picture

because braxton miller is as elite of an athlete that has ever been at ohio state. And Martell isn't. Also, citing website rankings is silly btw.

This isn't to say Martell can't be a great QB...but there's a better word than 'dynamic' to use. As it gets no more dynamic than #5.

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buckslan's picture

Tate wasn't an elite athlete??? What the heck are you talking about. Tate had twice as many rushing yards as Braxton Miller did in high school (granted twice as many games) and Tate played a far tougher HS football schedule than Braxton ever did. There's a reason people compare Tate Martell to Johnny Manziel.. they're both crazy athletic.

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Numbers's picture

neither near as crazy athletic as Miller. but to each their own.
 

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Dan Hope's picture

I think this is a fair criticism. Braxton Miller was dynamic, no question about it, and I didn't mean to suggest that Tate Martell is more athletic than he was. What I was trying to say is that Martell could be a better passer than Miller was, and a better athlete than any of the other quarterbacks Meyer has had at Ohio State, which could in turn could give him the most all-around playmaking ability of any of Meyer's quarterbacks at Ohio State. (That's not to say that I think Martell will be the best quarterback Meyer has had at Ohio State or even on the roster this year, as all of that is just potential, and there's far more to being a successful quarterback than just raw athleticism and throwing ability.) But I agree that I could have used a better descriptor than dynamic.

AAStagg's picture

We're gonna be pretty good.

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

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bonebuck's picture

Wow-this 2018 team is loaded with talent. I think a final 4 is ours for the taking. Winning the NC will be tough but this team is very much capable. The most intriguing position obviously will be the QB. We have 3 very capable, highly talented QB's that I think any one of them could win it all. This has never happened at TOSU. I do feel Burrows is gone if he does not get the nod to start which I can not blame. He is a very good QB and would start for 85% of FBS schools. 

Haskins is very good and has a rocket arm but is somewhat 1 dimensional. Yes he is mobile but not his strong point. I am #teamtate. I think he gives this team the most. I will be flying up from Atlanta for the spring game to watch this encounter and judge for myself.

This is going to be a great year. Our DL will not be as deep but enough top end talent. Chase Young is a freak. Would have loved to see him get more action last year. The only thing I see holding us back from a NC is a few key injuries. 

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JackIsWayBetterThanTiger's picture

Gotta agree that Okudah is 1A, and I've seen enough of Arnette that he is 1B ( 'B' for Backup).

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TheDizzle's picture

I hope the coaching staff considers switching Johnnie Dixon and KJ Hill. I want to see KJ emerge as a true 3rd receiver option and Johnnie D makes a lot more sense at the h back position considering how fast he is. Overall, I'm not worried about the OL and LB, upside is huge for both. My only concern is with the DBs, Fuller is a beast but there isn't much else besides that. 

Seeing guys such as Haskins, Dobbins, Berry, Browning, Okudah and Harrison in the starting lineup really makes me excited about the potential of this 2018 team, it truly is a breath of fresh air. The likes of which Ohio State hasn't seen since 2014 (turned out pretty well for us).

"The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish" - Charlie Chaplin

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Numbers's picture

Dixon has shown the ability to get open deep. Needs to stay where he is.

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Tedbomb's picture

Just happy to have a real competition at QB this year. Hope they all stay healthy and battle it out.  Confident in Wilson/Day will make the right decisions.  The receivers will get a huge boost from a more open passing gameplan.   

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ColdBuckeye's picture

Ohio State’s #10 on offense: college football’s 2018 Heisman trophy winner. 

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stxbuck's picture

Can't see much I disagree with in that chart. I think Landers is more of a 3 technique and DaVon Hamilton a NT, but that's about it.

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Bluestar's picture

Dan, I am curious to know if your depth chart is based on actual play on the field or just speculation based on how many stars a player had from high school. To say that Arnette would be behind Okudah is ridicules considering that Arnette started every game last season and led the DB's in tackles and was second to Ward in pass break ups and interceptions. 

And FYI the only reason Okudah played as much as he did in the Cotton Bowl game was because Arnette achilles flared up on him, which he played with for the last 3 or 4 game, in the first half according to Coombs in the post-game interview. Okudah will be a good player and his time will come 

Just because a player was a 5 star in high school doesn't mean he is guarantee to start. There should be more respect for the OSU process if your going to project a depth chart and not just rely on stars or one half of a bowl game. With that said the best players play.

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Dan Hope's picture

It's based on actual play on the field, and what I hear from people within and around the program. You've probably already drawn your own conclusion no matter what I say in response, but I'll try anyways. 

Like I said, I expect both to play regularly, and personally, I think Arnette is a better player than most people give him credit for. I also think that the cornerback rotation is one of the most difficult parts of the depth chart to project right now because we don't even know who will be coaching that position this season, and the new coach could choose to do things differently – and go in without foregone conclusions on who should play based on who played in the past – than Kerry Coombs did. 

Okudah drew as much praise from teammates and coaches this past season as any young up-and-coming player in the program (not including players like J.K. Dobbins who are already starters, "respect to the OSU process" be damned), so I fully expect him to have a shot to compete for a starting job this year. That's not to say I expect Arnette to be pushed to the side – that's why I listed them as 1A and 1B, indicating that I think either one of them could start. But no, my depth chart projection isn't just based on recruiting stars, and I think a closer look at some of the other positions on this projection would indicate that.

JDunc686's picture

Dan, how dare you try to project growth instead of just looking at last year’s snap count!

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rockyincbus's picture

Look at Dan's projected depth chart at o-line for example and you'll see that he is by no means a star-counter.

You've got barbecue back there?

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smibr37's picture

Is there a two-deep for the coaching staff?

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analyticalguy's picture

The way things have been going, that seems to be a more important question at present.

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robinson819's picture

I expect Antwan Jackson to start at 1T.

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Bluestar's picture

Sheffield didn't beat Arnette for the starting spot last season. Why isn't the competition between Sheffield and Okudah. According to your depth chart Arnette goes from winning the starting corner position last season ( beating out Sheffield and Okudah) to possibly being the 3rd corner? Why doesn't Arnette get the same respect that The media gave Ward coming into last season after he was 3rd corner behind Conley and Lattimore? Sheffield and Okudah may turn into first round draft picks one day but to date their play hasn't shown that either one of them should bench Arnette. Dont you think that if Sheffield or Okudah was better than Arnette the coaches would have played them over  Arnette? I believe the coaches know how to evaluate their own talent.

Give Arnette his respect because after spring and fall camp the coaches thought he was the best player to play in that position. You are putting Arnette in a position battle with Okudah because of 1 half of the Cotton bowl game which by way showed his youth and inexperience.

You media guys expect 5 star players to win every position battle. From what I read about Arnette he was heavy into basketball until his senior year maybe he should have been a 5 star. 

All I am suggesting is that if a player started the whole season at a position it is his spot to loose. And he should loose it because the next guy beat him out. Not because of hype or expectations.

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Numbers's picture

because by the end of the year Sheffield was better than Arnette.

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Bluestar's picture

I guess the coaches didn't  play the best players down the stretch when they were still in contention for the final four.. I trust the elite OSU coaches to know how to evaluate talent and decide who gives us the best chance to win. 

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