Some quick thoughts on Ohio State’s potential NFL draftees this weekend:
Mike Adams brings a lot to the table, but there are legitimate questions about him. He has heavy hands and really can get into a guy on the edge as a run blocker and overwhelm people. He’s a good athlete who moves well, but he struggles with quickness on the edge. That’s always struck me as a surprising combination, but it’s what has played out that way over the years. To get to a good outside pass rusher, he often has to cheat outside, opening himself up inside. He is one you wonder about still being a ways away from hitting his potential because of some shoulder problems early in his career that hindered his ability to build upper body strength and the abbreviated senior year.
Then there are questions about his decision making starting with his getting wrapped up in the NCAA illegal benefits scandal then leading all the way up to the recent news he failed a drug test at the NFL combine. No matter your viewpoint of marijuana use, it’s clearly prohibited by the NFL and his inability to at the very least plan around the testing time period makes one wonder what he was thinking.
I don’t doubt that he did well in interviews with teams because he’s a very nice kid who comes off humble and thoughtful in conversations. He comes across as smart, and I can’t recall many situations where he appeared to make a mental error on the field. I would say he’s a wild card going into this draft because teams are going to have any number of different viewpoints on his mix of upside and question marks.
I’m not sure if Adams is a left tackle in the NFL, but he could definitely be a long-time starter on the right side even though he’ll need to continue to get stronger over there.
He’s a good to great value in the second round to me.
Mike Brewster has received surprisingly little fanfare in the draft process other than a trumped up competition with Mike Martin at the Senior Bowl. He did not have a great combine, but he’s got almost 50 games on film in college football to show he can play the position. He’s got good size to play inside, although he struggled with most of the elite tackles in the Big Ten over the past couple of years. He sometimes got off a step late or failed to get leverage and suffered the consequences of being unable to root out the oncoming rusher. He put on weight prior to last season and talked about improving his base and ability to anchor, but I’m not sure if he made all the progress he was hoping for. He’s a good athlete who can get to the second level and seal off linebackers, and he’s obviously a heady guy who has handled reading defenses and making line calls for the better part of four years and done well. Tough guy who finishes blocks and has a bit of a nasty streak.
Also brings exceptional leadership, intelligence and a strong personality to the locker room. Another good value in the second or third round.
DeVier Posey is an intriguing guy who will go lower than his physical skills would generally dictate. He never reached his college potential for two reasons: multiple cases of taking illegal benefits that led to NCAA violations and issues with catching the football. He gets in and out of breaks pretty well, has a good, smooth acceleration and jumps well enough to go up and get the ball. He can use his body for position, too. But he drops too many passes that are in his hands, something he has attributed to concentration lapses. Those followed him to the Senior Bowl, contributing to a lower draft grade.
He has better tools than Brian Robiskie, who was overdrafted in the second round, and Brian Hartline, who was underdrafted in the fourth round, so it will be interesting to see where he falls. Posey certainly could be a good No. 2 receiver if he overcomes the hands issue. He might go earlier than draft experts think because I’m sure he interviewed well, perhaps alleviating concerns about his decision making in the NCAA cases. He’s another guy who was a delight to deal with in the interview room.
Dan Herron is deceptively strong for his size and more quick than fast. Does not have a top-end gear to go the distance, but can get behind blockers and find creases. Generally finishes runs strong and falls forward. Reads holes well in a gap scheme when he can make one cut and bounce. Despite NCAA violations, he was always a popular guy in the locker room and is regarded as a strong leader. I don’t know if he will get drafted in a league obsessed with measurables, but he’ll certainly be in camp with someone and could make a team if he ends up in the right situation. Should be able to contribute on special teams (coverage, not as a return man) as well, giving his chances a boost.
I have always felt Andrew Sweat was an underappreciated player. He compares favorably with Ross Homan, who was picked in the sixth round last year. Both are instinctual guys who run well enough and make a fair number of plays. Unfortunately, both struggled to stay healthy in college and that certainly hurt their stock. I think Sweat is a little more physical than Homan.