Ohio State has a lot on the line when they take on Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game. A win would likely give them a shot at the National Championship. However, this won’t be an easy task as Michigan State’s defense ranks as one of the best in the country.
Darqueze Dennard|/CB/Michigan State: Darqueze Dennard is quickly establishing himself as one of the better cornerback prospects in this draft. He’s a big and physical defender who excels in man coverage. Dennard loves to play near the line of scrimmage where he can use his size to disrupt the timing of the route and his speed to turn and run. The one concern I have surrounding Dennard’s game is his zone-coverage skills. He has a tendency to raise his pads in his backpedal and allow too much space. This is someone who will reach his full potential in a man system where he’s allowed to play on an island. 2nd Round
Carlos Hyde/RB/Ohio State: Carlos Hyde is just now starting to regain his positive draft stock which was hurt a little from this past offseason’s bar incident. Because of his size, many are quick to shoe-horn Hyde into the role as a power runner. Truth is he also has the burst needed to press the line and quickly get through the hole. Hyde will surprise some with his ability to cleanly change direction and accelerate. This is someone who has the potential to be an every-down back at the next level. Maybe the best combination of power and quickness in this year’s running back class. 2nd Round
Bradley Roby/CB/Ohio State: Bradley Roby entered the season with a lot of hype, but hasn’t really done much to help his stock. He’s still a physically talented player who features good quickness, long arms and a closing burst. However, he doesn’t consistently make impact plays. Roby is someone who could put together a nice highlight reel but when you take a closer look it’s easy to notice his lack of consistency. He remains in the day-two mix because of his athleticism, but he’ll need some good coaching to reach his full potential. 2nd Round
Ryan Shazier/OLB/Ohio State: Ryan Shazier is another Ohio State prospect who fits in the overrated section in my book. He’s a good athlete who flashes a ton of potential but just doesn’t consistently make big-time plays. Too often he can be found making tackles several yards down the field. Shazier needs to do a better job playing with toughness and taking on blocks at the line of scrimmage. On the positive side, Shazier’s athleticism gives him the potential to develop into a four-down player. He does a good job holding up in coverage and has flashed the timing needed to be an effective blitzer. I might be a little low on him as a prospect, but he has yet to show me that he’s a game-changing player. 3rd Round
Shilique Calhoun/DE/Michigan State: Shilique Calhoun is having a breakout season which has put him on the draft radar. He’s a good athlete who plays with a high motor. His length is a major factor in his ability to generate pressure on the quarterback. However, there are a few areas that standout as concerns. Calhoun is more of a straight line athlete who doesn’t show great suddenness. At the next level, he’ll need to be able to quickly change direction to consistently generate pressure and avoid becoming a one-trick pony. 3rd Round
Jack Mewhort/T/Ohio State: Jack Mewhort is a decent offensive tackle prospect who shows some athleticism, quickness and good effort. He has the ability to shuffle his feet and protect the edge against speed rushers. However, he has a tendency to play high which impacts his change of direction and makes him susceptible to inside counter moves. Mewhort’s limited strength is also a concern as he struggles generating a push in the running game. This is why he might be a better fit in a zone-blocking scheme where he can use his quickness to seal defenders from the play. 4th Round