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Crabbs | TE Marcus Baugh skills greater than role in OSU offense

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Crabbs | TE Marcus Baugh skills greater than role in OSU offense

Ohio State Tight End Marcus Baugh isn’t a player that fills up the stat sheet, like many of the recent Ohio State skill players to have passed through the NFL Draft process. Baugh is another two way Tight End prospect, although he isn’t as polished as a blocker as the most recent prospect to come through, Jeff Heuerman. Baugh comes into the 2017 season with the opportunity to build upon a quality 2016 season. The redshirt junior was able to log the majority of his career 27 receptions for 303 receiving yards in 2016.

Baugh shows qualities that you want to see in a Tight End in today’s NFL; starting first and foremost with an awareness of how to win with his size and a consistent ability to catch over the middle of the field. In the final seconds of Ohio State’s victory over Michigan this past season, Baugh came up with a quality reception between the hashes to set up a chip shot field goal to send the game to overtime.

Baugh starts out flexed into the slot in a stacked formation and does well navigating the up field defender at the snap and then using his frame to bump open some space to make a clean reception. Ohio State doesn’t utilize Baugh as much as they likely should, but he does work quite a good deal over the middle of the field. His presence between the numbers and beyond the sticks will occupy the eyes of second level defenders.

But Baugh isn’t just a traditional between the hashes stick mover. There’s some pretty impressive flashes of run after the catch ability and creativity with the football in his hands. That ability to generate bonus yardage gives Baugh an extra element as a receiver, something that will hopefully be built upon in 2017.

The route is elementary: he’s motioned out of the backfield and used as a check down option in the flats. But Baugh is a listed 6’5, 250 pound man going over the top of another human being before landing on his feet and tucking out of bounds. As impressive and natural as the hurdle appears, it wasn’t even Baugh’s most impressive play of Big Ten play this past season.

That distinction goes to an early touchdown against Penn State in Happy Valley.

Baugh is again working out of the backfield. The motion grants him a free release up the field and the route pattern meshed with the vertical route on the boundary produces a quality soft spot for Baugh to break into and transition from a receiver to a runner. The balance, strength and fluidity of his effort after the catch is tremendous. These are all qualities that Baugh flashes intermittently throughout the course of his targets last year.

Marcus Baugh is a better Tight End than he’s been able to showcase to this point in his Ohio State career. Some of that restriction is self inflicted, as Baugh has been cited on multiple occasions with underage alcohol consumption. Provided Baugh can keep his head on straight and continue to take more steps forward like he flashed in 2016, this is a Tight End prospect to watch. I like him as a potential middle round target entering his final season with the Buckeyes.

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Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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