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Ohio State NFL Combine review 2016

Another NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and this one had a distinct Ohio State flavor.

The 14 Buckeyes in Indianapolis got to meet NFL scouts and personnel and compete against their peers for the right to be picked in the next draft. IMG_1220

Some random thoughts on numbers they posted and reaction to some scouting reports I have seen follow.  Continue reading Ohio State NFL Combine review 2016

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

Cincinnati native Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star 

From the weekend:

Luke Kuechly’s high school coach knew early on he could be a special player, but the rest of the world needed more time to catch on.

Source: Carolina’s Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star | FOX Sports

The Super Bowl’s representation of Ohioans is not limited to those players who played for Ohio State.

Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest

Maybe the highest-profile player from the Buckeye State did not even have an offer to be a Buckeye.

That would be Luke Kuechly, whose coach told me last week he knew early on he had a potential pro at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

He was a two-star recruit heading into his senior year and ended up a three-star after picking Boston College over Jim Harbaugh-coached Stanford among others.  Continue reading Cincinnati native Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star 

When a tie feels like a loss

With Ohio State off this weekend, Ohio had a chance to focus on its pro football teams, and the Browns and Bengals certainly delivered plenty of storylines to get us through. Some thoughts on the men in stripes…

OK, so it wasn’t all bad. And it isn’t all bad. But it sure felt bad. And a day later it really hasn’t started feeling better.

The Bengals did some good things Sunday against the Panthers. They also did some bad things. The latter could have been erased with one kick by Mike Nugent, but the home-state hero didn’t come through.

The result was a 37-all final score that left the Bengals in first place in the AFC North but lots of questions about the rest of the season.

The way the Browns whipped the fading Steelers made the result all the more meaningful, leaving the division lead feeling more precarious, but the tie was not really the top story in Cincinnati.

Continue reading When a tie feels like a loss

Johnny Manziel on Braxton Miller

Johnny Manziel has only been a Cleveland Brown since May, but he seems to be doing a good job of getting in good with the stars of some of the state’s other teams in relatively short order.

First there was LeBron James (even before he returned to the Cavaliers), now it is Braxton Miller. Continue reading Johnny Manziel on Braxton Miller

Can new Ohio State QB commit beat recent odds?

Joey Burrow is on track to buck one trend but Ohio State fans will be happier to see him turn another of its head in the future.

Burrow, a four-star prospect from Athens, verbally committed Tuesday and is set to become (in February) the first Southeast Ohio signee since Drew Basil of Chillicothe in 2010 and the 10th Buckeye recruit from the region going back to Buster Howe in the class of 1988.

But maybe more daunting is the recent quarterback legacy he is signing up for. Continue reading Can new Ohio State QB commit beat recent odds?