Scouting the Big 10 - Ohio State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Buckeyes are once again loaded with talent, in large part due to the return of several highly rated players after disappointing seasons in 2017. We presently grade eight Buckeyes as top-100 prospects.

Nick Bosa finally becomes draft eligible after two outstanding seasons. The junior is a terrific pass rusher who constantly disrupts the action off the edge. Bosa plays with great balance and body control and shows good speed up the field. He parallels his brother Joey in many ways, as I doubt Nick wows anyone with great workout numbers in the lead-up to the draft, but his tape will determine his grade.

Dre’Mont Jones is one of the players returning to Ohio State after an uninspired campaign. When hitting on all cylinders, Jones is a difference maker up front and a disruptive force who’s tough to stop. He has a nice combination of size, athleticism and explosion, and I fully expect Jones to be a first-round selection next April.

Safety Jordan Fuller blew me away on film. Though he’s not the caliber of former OSU safety Malik Hooker, he has similar traits in his game. Fuller is a complete safety with excellent ball skills as well as the fortitude to defend the run. 

I don’t consider him to be first-round talent just yet, but Fuller will receive first-round talk once he declares for the draft if he takes his game to the next level.

The Buckeyes have four NFL receiver prospects, each with a different skill set. Some understandably prefer Parris Campbell, but Binjimen Victor ranks highest on our board.

The junior wideout has excellent length and legitimate speed. He presents himself as a vertical receiver and also catches the underneath routes on a regular basis.

Several scouts grade Isaiah Prince as a potential first-round pick, but I disagree. Prince is a hulking lineman and a dominant run blocker but is only effective in a small area and is susceptible to inside moves from defenders. His game is too limited to be anything other than a mid-round pick.

Mike Weber is a player who gets lost in the shuffle but a legitimate next-level talent on my board. He has the power to run on the inside and the quickness to create yardage as well as the agility to turn the corner. 

I could definitely see Weber splitting for the draft after the 2018 season, and he will be a bargain outside the initial 125 selections.

NFL Prospects from Ohio State

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Year

#

4.17

1st

Nick Bosa

DE

3Jr

97

4.11

1st

Dre'Mont Jones

DT

4Jr

86

3.98

2nd

Jordan Fuller

S

3Jr

4

3.86

2nd

Binjimen Victor

WR

3Jr

9

3.82

2nd

Parris Campbell

WR

5Sr

21

3.74

3rd

K.J. Hill

WR

3Jr

14

3.63

3rd

Robert Landers

DT

4Jr

67

3.62

3rd

Austin Mack

WR

3Jr

11

3.51

4th

Mike Weber

RB

4Jr

25

3.48

5th

Terry McLaurin

WR

5Sr

83

3.44

5th

Isaiah Prince

T

4Sr

59

3.35

6th

Michael Jordan

G

3Jr

73

3.02

FA

Demetrius Knox

G

5Sr

78

2.98

FA

Johnnie Dixon

WR

5Sr

1

2.90

FA

Dante Booker

OLB

5Sr

33