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2018 Ohio State prospect primer

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2018 Ohio State prospect primer

Below are the notable Ohio State Buckeyes prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Few schools can say they tout as much potential NFL talent than the Buckeyes. With a number of blue chip prospects on either side of the football, Ohio State figures to very much be in play for a Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Offense

Running Back Mike Weber – 5100, 214 – Redshirt Sophomore

Weber impressed last year, bumping Curtis Samuel as the starting running back in their campaign to replace Ezekiel Elliott. Weber has a good blend of power and burst, which will make him a very dangerous runner in 2017 as the focal point of Ohio State’s offensive unit.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) gets tripped up by Northwestern Wildcats safety Godwin Igwebuike (16).  (Photo by Khris Hale/Icon Sportswire)

Quarterback J.T. Barrett – 6020, 220 – Redshirt Senior

Barrett feels like he’s been around forever, in part because he’s been a constant fixture for the Buckeyes ever since taking over for Braxton Miller. Barrett is  a dual threat passer but I’m not especially sold on him having NFL passing skills. Why? He simply misses too many open throws and isn’t consistent enough with his accuracy.

Interior Offensive Lineman Billy Price – 6040, 312 – Redshirt Senior

Price looks to follow in the footsteps of new Minnesota Viking Pat Elflein. Price started at Guard in 2016 but now shifts to the middle in playing Center. That path was helpful for Elflein, who proved his versatility. Price can be the next benefactor of a flexible role for Ohio State.

Tight End Marcus Baugh – 6050, 250 – Redshirt Senior

Baugh is a gifted player but his role in the offense is always going to be a bit limited. Coach Urban Meyer’s system doesn’t consistently utilize the Tight Ends as pass catchers, so Baugh’s assessment is going to have to be forged on limited targets and traits as compared to frequent looks in the passing game. A plus blocker from an in-line position.

Offensive Tackle Jamarco Jones – 6060, 310 – Senior

Jones is regarded as a potential mid-round target entering his final season of eligibility with the team. He has the desired athletic profile of a Left Tackle prospect and will be Ohio State’s starting LT for the second consecutive season.

Defense

Defensive End Tyquan Lewis – 6040, 265 – Redshirt Senior

Lewis doesn’t illustrate a lot of bend and tilt, which could turn off some talent evaluators. But he wins with powerful hands and a compact punch while adding on a strong anchor to boot. Lewis’ motor runs hot and his effort and strength will put him in position to make a lot of plays against the run.

Defensive End Sam Hubbard – 6050, 265 – Redshirt Junior

Hubbard didn’t quite have the breakout year some anticipated last season but he will be a fixture at defensive end this season, along with Lewis and sophomore Nick Bosa. Hubbard is more of a pass rusher than Lewis and has the needed length to keep his chest clean when attacking the pocket.

Defensive Tackle Michael Hill – 6030, 305 – Redshirt Senior

Hill has been suspended indefinitely by the program for an undisclosed violation of team/university policy. A fifth year senior, Hill was poised to finally play full time up front. Instead, he’s dug himself a hole he’ll need to work his way out of throughout the 2017 season.

Linebacker Jerome Baker – 6010, 225 – Junior

Our very own Joe Marino oozes each time he’s asked about Baker, who plays the Darron Lee role for the Buckeyes. Slightly undersized, Baker brings tremendous functional movement skills and range to the linebacker position and figures to be an impact defender for Ohio State this season.

Safety Damon Webb – 5110, 195 – Senior

Webb has caught some attention this summer from those who have worked through the Ohio State film, and for good reason. Webb played Strong Safety for the Buckeyes and although he wasn’t afforded many opportunities to play the ball in the same defensive backfield as Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, he’s a reliable back end defender.

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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