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Incase You Forgot, In-depth Look at OSU Depth Chart

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September 16, 2020 at 10:29am

I did a few of these in the spring before everything was cancelled for teams around the conference. But in celebration I will do it again as a reminder of how good this team can be. I am going to assume Wyatt Davis/Shaun Wade are not coming back.

  • Offense 2019 summary-Last year OSU finished #4 in SP+. It was simply an incredible offense. The offensive line was dominant and manhandled basically every opponent during runs. JK Dobbins was fantastic. The receivers were also very solid. Being #4 means basically everything was amazing so there are a couple areas that held the offense back. Justin Fields was amazing but he was horrific in how many sack he took. Some plays he had terrible pocket prescence and either took sacks he shouldnt have, didnt throw the ball away, and sometimes forced a sack. Going into year 2 of starting he needs to improve here as it is his worst attribute. The OL was great but it was much better as run blocking than pass blocking. JK Dobbins struggled catching the ball out of the backfield and it really came back to haunt them during the Clemson game. Lastly the receiver talent was fairly limited. Austin Mack and Bin Victor went undrafted and KJ Hill went in the 7th. The lack of athleticism and explosiveness lead to those poor draft positions.
  • QB-Fields returns after being arguably the best QB in the country. He outperformed Lawrence in the fiesta bowl and during the season. He is very inexperienced and may take a big jump in year 2. He will need to be great to win a title. Depth is improved with CJ Stroud and Jack Miller enrolling early and competing for the backup job with Gunnar Hoak.
  • RB-Dobbins is gone. Master Teague has been given time to heal from his injury and may be ready to go week 1. Trey Sermon has also arrived as a grad transfer. Sermon as a freshman in 2017 ran for 6.1 ypc, 5.8 in 2018, and 7.1 last year. Sermon is a very good receiver and the combo of Teague as a straight line hammer and Sermon as a receiving back will be great. Sermon is 6') 220 so he isnt small. If Teague is at 100% this combo may be better than Dobbins taking every carry.
  • Receiver-Despite the losses of KJ/Austin Mack/Victor this position group is likely to improve. Chris Olave returns as the #1 and with a good year may be a first rounder. Garrett Wilson will take over for KJ Hill in the slot bringing a lot more juice than KJ had. Wilson is only a sophomore but he may end up being a first rounder and is compares well to Jerry Juedy. At the other receiver spot Jameson Williams and Jaylen Harris will likely split snaps opposite of Olave. They have very different skill sets with Williams being a burner and Harris being 6'5". expect improvement here. The elite freshman will provide great depth. 
  • TE-Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert were solid last year and are both back. This is likely the best tight end duo in the country. 
  • OL-This is where the offense may take a step back. LT is rock solid with Thayer Munford returning for his senior year and third year starting. Josh Meyers is also back at center where he will likely be the best C in college. Those two will at worst be top 5 at their individual positions in the country. The other spots have all been vacted. Jonah Jackson is starting for the Lions, Davis left early after his all-american junior year, and Brandon Bowen is likely the easiest to replace. The guards are likely to be Harry Miller and Matt Jones. Both are former highly rated recruits and should be very good. However Jackson/Davis were incredible so this will be a step back. RT is going to be Nicholas Petit Frere the former #1 OL recruit in the country. He has had a lot of time to develop. His athleticism could lead him to being an elite OT but play strength is his biggest question. Expect him to be better than Bowen. 
  • Summary-The offense will at worst be around the same level as last year. The biggest area of improvement will be the receiving talent with Olave/Wilson on the field every play. Sermon/Teague should also be very good and fill the shoes of Dobbins. The tight ends will improve slightly. The question marks are on the offensive line. Meyers/Munford need to have great seasons. How little drop off can the guards provide from last year will be key. Harry Miller should be very good but Matt Jones isnt Wyatt Davis. NPF is also a key player at RT. If he can meet his potential having two elite bookend tackles could make the line better than having elite guards with an average RT. Wyatt Davis filling in at RG would be a massive boost, the OL would be too good to be stopped by a college football team. 
  • 2019 Defensive Summary-#2 SP+ Defense. Incredible talent on the DL and the secondary. The secondary had 3 corners go in the first round and S Jordan Fuller is starting for the Rams as a rookie. Chase Young went #2 and was arguably the best DL ever in college. 
  • DE-Chase Young leaves but everybody else is back. Jonathan Cooper missed most of the season after starting in 2018. He will be a very good starter at one spot. Zach Harrison showed amazing flashes during his true freshman season and he is the next freak DE to go top 5 for OSU. He should have a big jump going into his sophomore season. Tyreke Smith battled injuries in 2019 holding him back but as he comes back healthy he should also be very good. Young is gone but as a unit the DEs could be better this year. Cooper/Harrison/Smith are all NFL starting caliber defensive ends who will be drafted early. 
  • DT-Davon Hamilton was drafted in the 3rd round and was a very good player for OSU. BB Landers was a fan favorite but went undrafted. The DT group should improve by quite a bit this year. Tommy Togiai has had rave reviews and will be elite at NT. Haskell Garrett enters his senior year after being a solid contributer his whole career. Taron Vincent is a former 5 star who was unable to play last year due to injury. The talent between Vincent/Togiai may be something LJ hasnt had at DT since hes been at OSU. Garrett/Antwuan Jackson are solid as well giving the group plenty of depth. Despite the loss of Chase Young this is still the best DL in the country. 
  • LB-Malik Harrison was the best of the group and is now with the Ravens. Every other LB on the roster returns. Pete Werner had a sneaky good year and should take another step forward as a senior. Other than him this group has a lot of question marks. Tuf Borlands snap count, Baron Brownings role, Justin HIlliard's role, and the young talented LBs are all unknowns. It is easy to see possible improvement with everybody back but who knows if the talent/usage will allow the improvement. 
  • Corner-The biggest yikes on the team. Okudah/Arnette/Wade are all first round talents who are gone. Amir Riep was the next man up and is now off the team. Starting with Corner #1 Cam Brown will be very good. His athleticism is supposedly off the charts and he is expected to be the next first rounder for OSU. Sevyn Banks has all the traits to be an early pick too. Banks will be the other outside corner. He may take some time to get adjusted but he will be one of the better B1G corners. The slot corner will be Marcus Williamson. He is decent but nowhere close to the level Wade was at. The bigger problem though is the complete lack of depth behind this group. Lejond Cavesoz and Ryan Watts are true freshman. Tyreke Johnson is a former 5 star who has yet to meet his potential. Banks/Brown should be really good. Williamson should be average. The depth is terrible.
  • Safety-Josh Proctor takes over and is expected to be elite. The next Malik Hooker has been whispered for awhile about him. He is a freak athlete and after playing behind Fuller should step in and be better this year. Behind him is Marcus Hooker who is a good back up. 
  • Overall the defense will take a step back. The drop off at the 3 corner positions will be drastic(as expected.) Wade leaving is a much bigger deal than Davis because of the depth. Wade/Banks/Brown could have been the best corner group in the country. S/DL will be at about the same level and have good chances to actually be better. LB as always is a big question mark. 

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