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Dan Hope

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Comment 14 hours ago

Honestly, when I'm watching a practice, and there's a lot of different things happening at once, I'm not evaluating every single throw that any of the quarterbacks make – which makes it difficult to give an accurate assessment of their performance. From what I've seen, though, he looks like a really talented quarterback who is only five practices into his Ohio State career. I don't think he's ready to go compete for a Heisman Trophy right now, but he's only been on campus for two-and-a-half months and it's still early. He's going to need to continue to develop and improve throughout the spring and summer (as does Baldwin).

Comment 15 hours ago

I'm not sure if Matthew Jones was there today (like I said in the post, there was hundreds of people around the field at practice today, so it was harder than usual to see whether players were in attendance if they weren't actively practicing), but from what I saw, Jack Jamieson (who's a walk-on) was taking the second-team reps at center. Jones was the second-team center earlier this spring.

Comment 20 Mar 2019

Yes, teams do conduct interviews with prospects at pro day. There's no formal interview process here like there is at the combine, but often times teams will schedule meetings with the players for the night before pro day or the night after, too. For example, Dwayne Haskins reportedly had dinner with the Giants last night, while Nick Bosa is reportedly scheduled to have dinner with the 49ers tonight.

Comment 14 Mar 2019

I don't know what the specific injuries are, but they are both minor injuries. Both Teague and McCall have practiced some, they just haven't been full participants (i.e. in drills that involve more contact, they go off to the side for rehab work instead of running with the rest of the offense). But they're both expected to be back to full speed before the end of spring.

Comment 14 Mar 2019

1. It's tough with the linebackers (no pun intended), because there's legitimately 10 linebackers who could be on the two-deep now that White and Wint are playing the hybrid positions, and that's not even including the incoming freshmen who haven't enrolled yet. That said, Hilliard could potentially beat out Gant – I should have at least mentioned Hilliard – I'm just not exactly sure where he fits in right now. He's taken some reps at middle linebacker too, so he could potentially play either of those two spots, but I don't think he's at the top of the pecking order at either spot right now.

2. I don't want to assume too much based off of only seeing portions of a few practices, but from what I have seen of Tyreke Johnson both in the first two spring practices and when practice was open at the Rose Bowl, I've seen him struggle with both tackling and coverage, and he's at the bottom of the depth chart among scholarship cornerbacks right now. He apparently missed some time with an unspecified injury last year, so that probably slowed his development. But it looks to me as though he has a long way to go before he's going to be ready for significant playing time.