In case there were any doubts about which college football head coach would be most likely to build his team out of the literal undead as long as it gave him a competitive advantage:
Good luck getting a horde of murder zombies academically qualified.
- The Big Ten could be mostly transfer quarterbacks.
- Ezekiel Elliott pays for a young football star's funeral.
- Ohio State football's annual academic progress rating is on the rise.
- With the way the Buckeyes are recruiting, they'll be stacked at receiver.
- The New York Giants sign former Buckeye running back Rod Smith.
- J.K. Dobbins is the bell cow now, but another back will have to step up.
- Teams that played the Buckeyes didn't do too well the week after.
Word of the Day: Mellifluous.
DON'T THROW ON OKUDAH. Ohio State's streak of cornerbacks going in the first round hit a bit of a snag this year, but there's a solid chance Jeffrey Okudah gets BIA back on track in the very near future.
Folks, he's absolutely lockdown in coverage.
Jeffrey Okudah was stingy in coverage last season. He only allowed 18 catches on 48 targets. pic.twitter.com/0jiSkP1SoU— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 8, 2019
Kind of wild that the Buckeyes had two cornerbacks making NFL Draft decisions following last season and their best coverage corner was neither of them. But to be fair, that's probably just because he was a sophomore.
NO INVITE FOR KALEB. Kaleb Wesson entered the NBA Draft to go through the process, but that process isn't going to involve the NBA Combine.
The NBA invited 66 players to participate, and Wesson was not one of them.
The NBA officially announces the 66 players invited to the NBA Combine in Chicago pic.twitter.com/1o2U0XShtk— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 8, 2019
Wesson, as I'm sure you maybe have heard, can still return to Ohio State if he so chooses. You might be wondering when, and the legendary Jon Rothstein has your answer, which he Tweets out literally every morning.
PSA: Under new NBA Draft rules, players are allowed to retain an agent to guide them through the process and then terminate them later on if they wish to return to school.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 8, 2019
What does that mean?
There won't be significant clarity to who will be back for 19-20 until late May.
More meticulous than a forensics officer.
STEAL OF THE DRAFT? The Dallas Cowboys selected Mike Weber in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, and former NFL personnel man and current team writer Bryan Broaddus thinks that's an absolute steal.
See, the Cowboys gave Weber a third or fourth round grade. And the seventh round is decidedly lower than that.
"I think this draft is really going to hinge in the middle of this draft because when they took Mike Weber at the end, Mike Weber's got a third or fourth round grade on their board.
"The pick of Mike Weber at the end is just too good to happen. You're talking about third or fourth round grades on a guy and you're sitting there at the seventh round and you're looking for traits. You are just praying that somebody is up there that's got a shot. And if you have a third or fourth round grade on a guys, that's just a no-brainer right there."
I was a little sad Weber's going to a team where he has no real shot to work his way to the top of the debt chart, but on the other hand, now we get to see the Zeke/Weber combo Mike's meniscus injury took from us in 2015.
FIVE HUGE MISTAKES. Speaking of draft steals, how 'bout Michael Thomas slipping to the second round?
Five receivers were taken before him, and all five are hilarious in hindsight.
It's crazy that Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the second-rounder has had undeniably the most success so far. He's legitimately on a Hall of Fame pace.
GIDDENS GOES TO VERMONT. Daniel Giddens' prodigal return to Ohio State never materialized, but he's still getting the hell out of Alabama, so good for him.
Vermont has landed Alabama grad transfer Daniel Giddens, source told @Stadium. Began his career at Ohio State. Could be an impact guy in the America East.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 8, 2019
Vermont as a state is essentially the opposite of Alabama in most imaginable ways, so he's got that rolling for him. But also, that's a damn good program. The Catamounts have made the NCAA Tournament two of the last three years.
Also, they're the Catamounts, which is easily a top-5 nickname in college basketball.
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