I have thoughts on both of those
1) RE: A. Jackson
I have no doubt that Jackson would be starting for us this season if he came to Ohio State as a freshman. But he lost 2 years not learning our scheme, not learning our techniques, and not not competing for positions. Meanwhile, much less talented guys Hamilton and Landers spent every day of those years in the weight room, in the film room, practicing the right technique the right way dozens of times a day. And simple fact is that hard work and dedication get you better results in life than how many stars you have on your recruiting ranking page. I'm sure Jackson is working hard now but he's 2 years behind and that's hard to make up. I prefer to take the glass half full approach of applauding Landers and Hamilton for turning themselves from unheralded recruits into invaluable pieces of the 2019 team.
2) RE: Browning
It's just the depth chart. Ohio State is going to play a base 5DB 2LB set with 1MLB and 1 OLB. Malik Harrison is definitely the OLB no questions asked. So if you want to compete for a starting job the only job availiable is MLB. If he doesnt end up starting at MLB, I fully expect Browning to compete with Gant for starting OLB next season after Harrison goes pro.
I wonder how much of this has to do with Day deciding to get Justin Fields. For those blaming the QBs, remember that they didnt "start" this, so to speak. It all "started" when Ryan Day got Justin Fields in a transfer. I wonder how much Day getting a completely unknown transfer made everyone else in the QB room start looking at each other and say "wait, if he got a transfer this year what's to say he won't get another transfer next year? If he's not loyal to any of us in this room, why should we be loyal to him?"
I really do wonder if the QBs on the roster started to wonder if, even if they put in the time, if there would always just be another transfer to take the job from them?
This is the best story in sports. Everyone is with you Ryan!