DeckerIn a Seinfeld episode titled “The Dinner Party”, Jerry sits in a bakery with a black and white cookie in his hands telling everyone, “Look to the cookie!  Look to the cookie!”  This year the cry in the scouting community will be “Look to the Buckeyes!  Look to the Buckeyes!”  as the next level talent on the Ohio State roster is immense,  plentiful and leads the way in Big Ten.

 

RndFull NameSchoolPosYr
1stJoey BosaOhio StateDE3Jr
1stEli AppleOhio StateCB3So
1stTaylor DeckerOhio StateT4Sr
1stJack ConklinMichigan StateT4Jr
1stDarron LeeOhio StateOLB4Jr
2ndConnor CookMichigan StateQB5Sr
2ndEzekiel ElliottOhio StateRB3Jr
2ndChristian HackenbergPenn StateQB3Jr
2ndJordan LomaxIowaS5Sr
2ndVonn BellOhio StateS3Jr
2ndCardale JonesOhio StateQB4Jr
3rdShilique CalhounMichigan StateDE5Sr
3rdDesmond KingIowaCB3Jr
3rdAdolphus WashingtonOhio StateDT4Sr
3rdEric MurrayMinnesotaCB4Sr
3rdPat ElfleinOhio StateG4Jr
3rdBriean Boddy-CalhounMinnesotaCB5Sr
3rdRJ WilliamsonMichigan StateS5Sr
3rdJason SpriggsIndianaT4Sr
3rdJames RossMichiganOLB4Sr
3-4Michael ThomasOhio StateWR4Jr
4thAnthony ZettelPenn StateDT5Sr
4thAustin BlytheIowaC5Sr
4thDe’Vondre CampbellMinnesotaOLB5Sr
4thNick VannettOhio StateTE5Sr
4thT.J. SimmonsIndianaILB3Jr
4thJoshua PerryOhio StateILB4Sr
4thJack AllenMichigan StateC5Sr
4-5Greg MabinIowaCB4Jr
4-5Joel HeathMichigan StateDT5Sr
5thDrew OttIowaDE4Sr
5thNathan SudfeldIndianaQB4Sr
5thBilly PriceOhio StateG3So
5thDesmond MorganMichiganOLB5Sr
5thMario OjemudiaMichiganDE4Sr
5thCorey ClementWisconsinRB3Jr
6thJalen BrooksMarylandOLB3So
6thMaliek CollinsNebraskaDT3Jr
6thEd DavisMichigan StateOLB5Sr
6thGraham GlasgowMichiganG5Sr
5-6Yannick NgakoueMarylandOLB3Jr
6thDanny EzechukwuPurdueOLB3So
6thJake ButtMichiganTE3Jr
6thWillie HenryMichiganDT4Jr
6thVince BiegelWisconsinOLB4Jr
6thKeithLumpkinRutgersT5Sr
6thJordan LucasPenn StateCB4Sr
6thIke BoettgerIowaT3So
6thKyle CarterPenn StateTE5Sr
6thMichael DunnMarylandT4Jr
6thVincent ValentineNebraskaDT3Jr
6thJack LynnMinnesotaOLB4Jr
6-7David SantosNebraskaILB5Sr
6-7Dan VitaleNorthwesternFB4Sr
6-7Austin JohnsonPenn StateDT4Jr
6-7Jordan WalshIowaG5Sr
6-7Kyle KalisMichiganG4Jr
6-7J.T. BarrettOhio StateQB3So
6-7Amara DarbohMichiganWR4Jr
6-7Chris MullerRutgersG4Jr
7thLeonte CarrooRutgersWR4Sr
7thJoshua FergusonIllinoisRB5Sr
7thDan FeeneyIndianaG3Jr
7thMatt VandeBergIowaWR3Jr
7thAkeel LynchPenn StateRB4Jr
7thSean DavisMarylandS4Sr
7thJosey JewellIowaOLB3So
7thTevaun SmithIowaWR4Sr
7thPaul JamesRutgersRB5Sr
7thFrankie WilliamsPurdueCB5Sr
7thMichael CaputoWisconsinS5Sr
7thDarien HarrisMichigan StateOLB5Sr
7thBraxton MillerOhio StateWR5Sr
7thJoe BoldenMichiganILB4Sr
7thLawrence ThomasMichigan StateDT5Sr
7thTyler MarzWisconsinT5Sr
7thTaco CharltonMichiganDE3Jr
7thScott EkpeMinnesotaDT4Jr
7thQuinton JeffersonMarylandDE4Sr?
7thRobert KuglerPurdueC5Sr
FADean LowryNorthwesternDE4Sr
FAAnthony BrownPurdueCB4Sr
FATheiren CockranMinnesotaDE5Sr
FAJalin MarshallOhio StateWR3So
FADarian HicksMichigan StateCB3Jr
FABradley CraddockMarylandK5Sr
FAMarcus LeakMarylandWR4Sr?
FAGeno LewisPenn StateWR4Jr
FAA.J. WilliamsMichiganTE4Sr
FAJihad WardIllinoisDE4Sr
FAChristian JonesNorthwesternWR5Sr
FATed KarrasIllinoisG5Sr
FA Alexander LewisNebraskaT5Sr
FATrevon PendletonMichigan StateFB5Sr
FADamarius TravisMinnesotaS4Sr
FAWilliam LikelyMarylandCB3Jr
FASojourn Shelton WisconsinCB5Sr
FAAaron BurbridgeMichigan StateWR4Sr
FAErik MagnusonMichiganG4Jr
FATraveon HenryNorthwesternS4Sr
FADarius HamiltonRutgersDT4Sr
FAJosiah PriceMichigan StateTE4Jr
FAJoshua CampionMinnesotaG5Sr
FAJacob DuzeyIowaTE4Sr
FAAnthony NixonMarylandS4Sr
FABlake CountessMichiganCB5Sr
FADarius HillaryWisconsinCB5Sr
FAKodi KielerMichigan StateT4Jr
FAMike DudekIllinoisWR3Jr
FANathan GerryNebraskaS3Jr
FAJordan RoosPurdueG4Jr
FAJoel StaveWisconsinQB5Sr
FAMiles ThomasMinnesotaFB4Sr
FATyvis PowellOhio StateS3Jr
FAJamal TurnerNebraskaWR5Sr
FAAlex EricksonWisconsinWR5Sr
FARalph Green IIIIndianaDT4Jr
FAKeith LumpkinRutgersT5Sr
FABo BowerIowaOLB3So
FAQuentin GauseRutgersOLB5Sr
FARobert Ndondo-LayMinnesotaDE5Sr
FADarius LathamIndianaDT3Jr
FAJefferson AshiruMarylandOLB5Sr
FABen Lauer MinnesotaT4Jr
FAT.J. NealIllinoisOLB4Jr
FATrevor WilliamsPenn StateCB4Sr
FATaylor BartonIllinoisS4Jr
FAMason MonheimIllinoisILB5Sr
FAA.J. HendyMarylandS5Sr
FATanner McevoyWisconsinQB5Sr
FAGivens PriceNebraskaT4Sr
FANicholas VanhooseNorthwesternCB5Sr
FAJarrod WilsonMichiganS4Sr
FABrandon RossMarylandRB4Sr
FADonavon ClarkMichigan StateG5Sr
FACarl NassibPenn StateDE5Sr
FAAntonio JohnsonMinnesotaS4Sr
FAAaron BaileyIllinoisQB3Jr
FAAndrew ZellerMarylandG5Sr
FAJake RudockMichiganQB5Sr
FADaniel AnthropPurdueWR4Sr
FAAustin ApplebyPurdueQB4Jr
FAAngelo MangiroPenn StateC5Sr
FAGeoff MogusNorthwesternG4Sr
FAJordan FredrickWisconsinWR5Sr
FADaniel DavieNebraskaCB5Sr
FANicholas MangieriIndianaDE4Sr
FADerek WattWisconsinFB5Sr
FAGreg McMullenNebraskaDE3Jr
FAZachary SterupNebraskaT5Sr
FAAntonio Allenx-IndianaS3Jr
FABenjamin KlinePenn StateOLB5Sr
FAGeronimo AllisonIllinoisWR4Sr
FAJoe BjorklundMinnesotaG5Sr
FARyan DoyleMarylandG5Sr
FAMichael Rouse IIIPurdueDT5Sr

Notes

Illinois

Illinois has not had a player selected in the past two draft’s but Josh Ferguson could end the drought. He’s a shifty, third down back very effective catching the ball out of the backfield.

Indiana

Nate Sudfeld will be a quarterback debated in the lead up to next April’s draft. As for my opinion, I believe he projects as a back-up at the next level.

On the other hand I feel Jason Spriggs is a tackle with starting potential, assuming he passes medicals. He’s not a flashy rather efficient and fundamentally sound.

Junior linebacker T.J. Simmons is slightly undersized but explosive and stands out in pursuit. He’s a scheme-specific player but has a good amount of next level potential.

Iowa

From an NFL prospect point of view I love the Hawkeyes secondary.

Though he lacks great measurables junior Desmond King is a shut down corner with complete ball skills,.

Greg Mabin, another junior, has better size than his counterpart at cornerback and also offers next level ball skills.

Senior safety Jordan Lomax is a Bob Sanders type; height deficient but explosive defending the run while also displaying ball skills outside the numbers.

The sleeper on offense could be receiver Tevaun Smith. I grade him as a 7th rounder, which I’m told is a smidge higher than scouts but the senior has a next level build plus deceptive speed.

Reggie Spearman
must be mentioned here despite transferring from Iowa to Illinois State. The explosive linebacker plays with great suddenness and projects well on the inside of a 3-4.

Maryland

It’ll be interesting to see how teams project Sean Davis at the next level. I have him as a late round safety but I’m told some scouts feel he can line-up at cornerback.

The other Maryland prospect to keep an eye on is defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. Off the 2013 film I ranked Jefferson as a 5th rounder with the arrow pointing north. Jefferson played three games in 2014 before suffering a season ending knee injury. I’m told as of late scouts have marked him as a junior to watch.

Michigan

If I was to compare James Ross to anyone it would be former Wolverine Dhani Jones. Like Jone, the senior lacks classic size but is explosive, fearless and football smart.

I liked Desmond Morgan’s game before his injury last season and feel he’ll be a solid last day pick that can line-up in sub packages as well as play special teams.

Graham Glasgow is a prospect I may be underrating a tad. He’s a nasty mauler that finishes blocks yet is only effective in a phone booth which limits his appeal.

Area scouts told me they stamped Mario Ojemudia as a potential third round pick. The senior defensive end has outstanding size/speed numbers and plays with great athleticism but he’s never nailed down the starting job on a consistent basis and has pedestrian production. Ojemudia offers a great amount of upside but needs to be a consistent producer before I grade him as a potential second day draft pick.

Michigan State

In my opinion Jack Conklin is a sure fire first round pick and top 20 selection. He possesses the size, temperament and intelligence to be an immediate starter at the next level. I also believe Conklin can line-up at left tackle on Sunday’s.

Another lineman on the Spartans I really like is defensive tackle Joel Heath. He offers size, growth potential (6′ 6″/295lbs) and plays strong football. Heath is equally adept at making plays on the ball handler as well as occupying blockers to create opportunities for teammates. I’m told scouts stamped Heath as a late rounder but I believe he’s middle round worthy and potentially a top 125 player should he turn in a productive senior campaign.

Quarterback Connor Cook and pass rusher Shilique Calhoun are a pair of overrated Spartans in my opinion.

Cook has the physical skills to start on the NFL level but makes to many head scratching throws which is worrisome. I don’t feel he’s worthy of being a top 15 choice as many predict.

Many salivate over Calhoun but I just don’t know where he lines up at the next level. He’s small for defensive end (250lbs) and lacks the speed for outside linebacker. Calhoun will be over drafted due to his pass rushing skills.

Minnesota

Expect a number of top 100 choices from the Gophers defense next year.

Area scouts rank Briean Boddy-Calhoun over teammate Eric Murray but my rankings are reversed. Both have next level ball skills but I prefer Murray’s size/speed advantage as well as his ability to make plays with his back to the ball.

I think highly of linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. He’s a scheme diverse three down defender that displays exceptional skill in space.

Nebraska

The best Sunday talent coming from the Cornhusker program can be found from the junior class and its on the defensive side of the ball.

Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine show flashes of dominance and offer big upside. Though I grade safety Nathan Gerry as a free agent he comes with terrific size and is someone who could move north on draft boards if he puts together a complete game.

Northwestern

Keep an eye on receiver Christian Jones, who was left off most scouting lists. He’s a big bodied pass catcher who showed well in 2013 then sat on the sidelines last year after injuring his left knee. Unfortunately additional surgery was required on the joint in April after Jones re-injured the knee. It was a minor procedure but Jones should be able to participate in camp next month.

Fullback Dan Vitale is someone I could see sliding into the late rounds as he’s a terrific fit in a west coast offense.

Ohio State

Wow, wow, wow!! I could go on for days writing about the next level talent on the Buckeye roster but time is limited and my writing’s mediocre, so I’ll be brief.

I’ve been high on Taylor Decker since his sophomore season and feel he’s worthy of top 20 consideration. Fundamentally sound and athletically underrated, he’s a solid athlete that can play left or right tackle. Practicing against Joey Bosa will just enhance his play and draft stock.

Eli Apple has the ability to be a special corner as he combines size, ball skills and a head for the position. He’s top 15 material on my board.

Darron Lee could be a stronger, more explosive version of Ryan Shazier while Vonn Bell is rounding into a complete safety.

I presently grade nine Buckeyes as top three round players and feel receiver Michael Thomas, tight end Nick Vannett and possibly linebacker Josh Perry could contend as top 100 selections.

Penn State

Many have stamped Christian Hackenberg as a franchise signal caller but I don’t see it. While he offers top 15 physical skills his defensive reads, decisions making and often sporadic accuracy worry me.

Anthony Zettel is a prospect I may have underrated. He possesses the measurables and nastiness to be a big time player but really needs to put it together.

Rutgers

I’ve seen Keith Lumpkin receive some high grades but I’m not a believer. To me he’s just a big body rather than a good offensive tackle as he’s stiff, off balance and best in phone booth.

Receiver Leonte Carroo is small but has shown game breaking skill on occasion. His return abilities could elevate him up draft boards.

Wisconsin

Not a whole lot on the Badgers roster compared to recent years.

Jordan Fredrick was someone who caught my eye as a sophomore but his game has regressed. Cornerback Shelton Sojourn flashes skill but has poor size/speed numbers.