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Ohio State NFL draft 2016 first round review

Here’s a look at Ohio State contingent in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft: 

An empty Ohio Stadium

Joey Bosa, third pick of first round by the San Diego Chargers 

  • Bosa is the 16th defensive end selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967)
  • Last: John Simon in the fourth round by the Ravens in 2013
  • First: Eric Kumerow (Bosa’s uncle) in the first round (16th overall) by the Dolphins in 1988
  • He is the sixth DE from Ohio State taken in the first round and first since Cameron Heyward went 31st to the Steelers in 2011 Others: Kumerow, Vernon Gholston (sixth, to the Jets in 2008), Will Smith (18th, to the Saints in 2004) and Alonzo Spellman (22nd, to the Bears in 1992).

Bosa is the ninth Buckeye picked by the Chargers

  • Last: Offensive lineman Shane Olivea in the seventh round in 2004
  • First: Linebacker Keith Ferguson in the fifth round in 1981

Bosa is the first Urban Meyer Ohio State signee to be drafted.

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The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer never seemed to enthusiastic about satellite camps one way or another, but the other piece of news to come out of the NCAA offices Friday probably rankled him.

The Council deregulated electronic communication with prospective student-athletes who participate in football, cross country, track and field and swimming and diving.

The Ohio State football coach brought this up unsolicited on National Signing Day in February, coming down quite decisively against it and other “nonsense rules” that lead to more hassle for recruits (and recruiters) than they bring benefit.  Continue reading The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Ohio State, Meyer mine Michigan again for football talent

While Michigan football practices in Florida, a Michigan high school football player became an Ohio State verbal commit.

The former is a new development, but the latter isn’t  as rare as one might expect.

The Ohio State band performs Script Ohio at Michigan Stadium
The Ohio State band performs Script Ohio at Michigan Stadium

Three-star athlete prospect Antjuan Simmons of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School could be the fifth player from the Great Lakes State to sign with the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Buckeyes in late 2011.  Continue reading Ohio State, Meyer mine Michigan again for football talent

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett talks young Buckeyes WRs

Ohio State will have an entirely new starting lineup at wide receiver in 2016, and there figures to be a huge competition for playing time in Columbus this spring.

Despite the graduation of Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall opting to go pro early, Ohio State is still set to have more than a dozen scholarship receivers this fall — all of whom were four-star recruits.

J.T. Barrett met with the media Wednesday and talked about what he has seen so far in winter workouts, including the return of Corey Smith and Noah Brown as well as early enrollee Austin Mack.

Football without helmets and shoulder pads might make more sense than current targeting rules

This first weekend since July without a football game is as good as any to talk about the future of the game.

The Deadspin article about removing helmets and shoulder pads from the game and the news that replay officials will probably have more control over deciding what is and isn’t targeting in college football next season provide a pair of points worth discussing.

First on helmets and shoulder pads: Drew Magary admits he’s not the first person to raise this point, and he’s right. Joe Paterno, who played in leather helmet era, suggested getting rid of the facemask before his death, and I’m sure there have been others.

This is a valid discussion, and Magary makes some good points.  Continue reading Football without helmets and shoulder pads might make more sense than current targeting rules

Big Ten National Signing Day 2016 Digest

In college football, nothing beats National Signing Day — well, nothing aside from actual games, I guess. Big Ten logo

So much can happen on the first Wednesday of every February, keeping up can be hard, so here’s a look at some of the things that went down in the Big Ten.

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