Four Buckeyes head to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with hopes of improving their draft stocks Feb. 22-28. First, let’s take a look at where they stand according to a handful of rating services.
The highest-regarded prospect is by far Mike Adams, a potential left tackle projected to go as high as 11th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs by The National Football Post in its most recent mock draft.
Other potential landing spots include the Arizona Cardinals at No. 13 according to Russ Lande at the Sporting News while Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com has him going No. 23 to the Detroit Lions. Brugler’s coworker Rob Rang places Adams at the end of the first round, going to the New York Giants at No. 32. Charlie Bernstein of Scout.com pegs Adams as a member of the Baltimore Ravens with the 29th pick of the first round.
Also looking at Adams as a potential Lion is the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, who told reporters on a conference call Feb. 15 that Adams could be the fourth offensive tackle to come off the board as Detroit looks to find a potential replacement for the aging Jeff Backus, who is also an unrestricted free agent.
“Mike Adams has had some off-the-field issues,” Mayock said. “I spoke with his offensive line coach the other day. He really helped himself at the Senior Bowl. I think he will continue to help himself at the combine. Most people had second round grades on him, but he’s moving up. I think he’s a real logical guy for you to keep your eye on as we get closer to that 23rd pick this year.” (For what it’s worth, Adams’ college offensive line coach was Jim Bollman, who now holds that position at Boston College, Mayock’s alma mater.)
Scout and CBS both rate Adams the No. 4 available offensive tackle while the NFP sees his second only to Matt Kalil of USC. The NFP has him the No. 20 prospect regardless of position with CBS (28) and Scout (32) are a bit less impressed.
While also citing character concerns, the NFP classifies Adams as a likely rookie starter and set for a solid, productive career.
While Adams is looking to turn millions into multi-millions in Indianapolis, the rest of the Buckeyes heading west have a lot more work to do to impress scouts, coaches and management.
Scout rates Adams, Mike Brewster and DeVier Posey as four-star prospects with Dan Herron getting three.
Scout rates Brewster the No. 2 center behind Peter Konz of Wisconsin while CBS has him third (105 overall) and NFP puts him fourth. The NFP rates him as a player likely to be a productive pro despite some specific (unidentified) deficiency while CBS gave him a third- or fourth-round grade.
Scout and NFP rate Herron the No. 11 running back on the board while CBS views him 13th and gave him a fourth-round grade. NFP considers him a likely regularly contributor despite deficiencies.
Scout rates Posey the No. 12 wide receiver while CBS and NFP both had him 16th. CBS rated him a fourth-round pick and 137th overall, while NFP calls him a possible starter who carries character concerns because of multiple NCAA suspensions. NFP also labeled Posey, a Scout five-star recruit coming out of high school in Cincinnati, an underachiever.
Three players not invited to the combine also made the rankings, but Andrew Sweat, Tyler Moeller and J.B. Shugarts all seem to have a lot of ground to make up.
The NFP called Moeller and Sweat both overachievers while rating them the Nos. 41 and 42 outside linebackers in the draft. CBS has Sweat as the No. 33 OLB but rated Moeller the No. 25 strong safety available.
The NFP rates Shugarts the No. 28 offensive tackle while CBS has him 43rd at his position.
The next chance for all of the outgoing Buckeyes to impress scouts and personnel people after the combine will come March 9 when Ohio State holds its annual Pro Day workouts at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center.