Edge, 6-5, 263,-
A freak just like his brother, with a great knack for hitting the
quarterback. "You are looking at a really great athlete.
He has great leverage, can bend well, has great balance." Ohio
St DL-coach Larry Johnson said. "To find a guy at that weight
who can bend as well as he can bend, and has great hand-eye
coordination so that he can catch an offensive lineman, which is
something not common to do, but Nick can do it. He has an ability to
really attack their weakness. That is what Nick does. Every
weakness, he is going to attack it. He will attack it until you take
it away, then he will go to something else."
He is a top five Pick.
Nick Bosa, the 2017 Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive
lineman of the year and an American Football Coaches Association
first-team All-American, is poised to be one of the top defensive
players in all of college football during the 2018 season … he is
coming off a season in which he led the Buckeyes in tackles-for-loss
(16.0) and TFL yardage (74) with another team-high in quarterback
sacks with 8.0 … he was second in the Big Ten in both TFLs and
sacks … remarkably and outstandingly consistent, he was named a
game “champion” by the Ohio State coaches for his efforts in all
12 wins last year, the only defensive player to achieve the feat …
he was the team’s defensive player of the game twice: vs. UNLV and
Penn State … he was part of a quartet of terrific, rotating
defensive ends last year that combined for 42 tackles-for-loss and
24 quarterback sacks, with only eight defensive snaps separating
them (Tyquan Lewis led with 534 and was followed by Sam Hubbard with
531, Jalyn Holmes with 527 and Bosa with 526) … Bosa was second on
the team as a true freshman in 2016 with 5.0 quarterback sacks and
he enters the 2018 season with career totals of 23 TFLs for 110
yards in losses and 13.5 quarterback sacks … he has played in all
27 games the past two seasons and has started seven times … he is
an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a two-time OSU
Scholar-Athlete majoring in communications.
Bosa is the fourth consecutive Ohio State defensive end to be
named the Big Ten Conference’s Smith-Brown defensive lineman of
the year, following in the trail blazed by his brother, Joey, in
2014 and 2015, and Tyquan Lewis in 2016.
3-Tech, 4-3, 286,
pure disruptive one-gapper, who also has that knack for finding the
quarterback. "The guy that has probably had the best spring of
anybody on our team this spring is Dre’Mont Jones. He was
outstanding this spring," Urban Meyer said. He could be a top
five pick as well.
Back-to-back terrific seasons has positioned fourth-year junior
defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones as one of the top defenders on the
Ohio State defense for the 2018 season … the veteran of 25 games
and 23 starts has 72 career tackles and nine tackles-for-loss, for
losses totaling 26 yards … Jones earned third-team all-Big Ten
Conference honors in 2017 and he was named a game “champion” by
OSU coaches seven times last season, including player of the game
honors vs. UNLV … he red-shirted the 2015 season and then had a
breakthrough season in 2016 when he moved into a starting defensive
tackle position as a red-shirt freshman and was a 12-game starter by
season’s end … Jones finished as the team’s leading tackler
among defensive line players with 52 total tackles as a freshman …
registered a personal-best eight stops in the overtime win at
Wisconsin and seven in the overtime win over Michigan … he is a
two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who is majoring in sociology … spent
a week this past summer in Manchester, N.H., interning with the Drug
CB, 6', 193,
- Next in line to be a top prospect at Corner for Ohio State.
"I think the sky is the limit for Kendall. He and I talked
about that a couple of days ago. The one thing that he made a lot of
strides at was really, really trying to be very detailed in exactly
what we were asking him to do," OSU's CB coach Taver Johnson
said. "I think he did the best job of that in terms of
eye-placement, anything with the techniques and it showed up. It
really did show up for him this spring and he made some great
strides for sure." He has a lot to prove this season to be a
In the summer of 2018 Kendall Sheffield was selected by NFL.com
as the fastest player in college football … this after he broke
the Ohio State school record and the French Field House indoor
record in the 60-meter dash in February with a time of 6.663 … the
previous record had stood for 23 years … Sheffield, a fourth-year
junior in his second year with the program, is much more than just a
speed merchant, though … he had a fine sophomore season with the
Buckeyes in 2017, playing in all 14 games and ranking second on the
team in pass break-ups with nine … only the No. 4 overall pick in
the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward, had more PBUs … Sheffield also
contributed 40 tackles on the season … made three starts for Ohio
State last season, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against USC
and Sam Darnold … earned game “champion” status from the OSU
coaches for his Cotton Bowl efforts, including breaking up four
passes, making three solo tackles and forcing a fumble that led to
the first Buckeye touchdown in the 24-7 victory … was named a
champion five times in all, including after the wins over Michigan
State and Michigan … Sheffield is majoring in human development
and family studies.
*Damon Arnette- 6', 195, RS-JR CB-
If Sheffield isn't the next Number One NFL CB than this second year
starter is. This will be his forth season at Ohio State, and he
could go in the 1st when all is said in done.
Damon Arnette is a fourth-year junior who is coming off a fine
2017 season in which he started 12 games alongside Denzel Ward at
cornerback … has plenty of game experience with 27 games played in
and 65 career tackles … also has 11 total passes defended with
three interceptions and eight pass break-ups … picked off two
passes in 2017 (vs. UNLV and Michigan State) after getting his first
in 2016 vs. Nebraska … among the team’s top tacklers in 2017,
finishing sixth with 44 tackles in addition to contributing eight
pass break-ups and the two interceptions … awarded game
“champion” honors by the coaching staff five times as a
sophomore: vs. Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Michigan State and Wisconsin …
team’s defensive player of the game in the win over Michigan State
… set career-bests with seven tackles vs. Oklahoma and six solo
tackles vs. Indiana … played in all 13 games in 2016 after
red-shirting the 2015 season … is majoring in communications.
*Jordan Fuller- 6-2, 204-
He is the surprising starter at Safety next to Damon Webb last
season. Now he is trying to lead the secondary. He is a solid Day
Jordan Fuller is one of the top players on the 2018 Buckeye team
and one of its top student-athletes as well, which combined makes
him highly regarded as one of the team’s top leaders … he has
played in 26 games the past two seasons including 13 starts in 2017
and all 13 games played in 2016 as a true freshman … he is coming
off an outstanding sophomore season in 2017 when he was second on
the team in tackles with 70 and had 13 more solo tackles – 57
total – than anyone else on the team … he topped out at a
career-best 10 tackles twice, vs. Iowa and in the Cotton Bowl
victory over USC … was awarded game “champion” status by the
coaching staff seven times, including player of the game honors vs.
Nebraska … recorded his first career interception in the end zone
vs. Indiana … he is majoring in business marketing and has earned
Academic All-America, Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar,
Academic All-Big Ten and multiple OSU Scholar-Athlete honors in his
first two seasons.
OT, 6-7, 310,
kept him at ORT, but he was as dominate as you want to see your OLT
be in the first two games. Elite size, long arms, smarts, and
technique could make him a 1st Round OLT.
guy will be a starting OLT in the NFL. Unless he can't play on the
left side. Which some guys cannot switch sides, like Matt Light
couldn't play on the right side. He is a better OLT prospect than
Isaiah Prince is one of the leaders on the Ohio State offensive
line and a true senior … he is coming off a third-team all-Big Ten
Conference season in 2017 and the accolades are expected to grow
this year for the veteran of all 40 Ohio State games the past three
seasons and 27 consecutive starts … has been Ohio State’s
starting right tackle in 2016 and 2017 and the Buckeyes have led the
Big Ten in rushing in each of those seasons … Prince has led all
Ohio State offensive linemen in plays from scrimmage the past two
seasons, with 945 in 2016 and 933 in 2017 … he has the distinction
of being the only member of the 2015 class of recruits who has
played in every game the past three seasons … is majoring in sport
Mike Weber- RB, 5-10, 214-
He looks a little faster this season. Runs over DEs for 1st downs.
Excellent receiver out of the backfield. Lost weight from the past
couple years. Still runs with great power.
suspended for the first game last season. But he showed his elite
burst to the second level against OK. But then got hurt in the 2nd
quarter. Great power runner on short yardage. He was injured early,
but was terrific at he end of the season. He found his burst and
explosion. Great cut back when the OLB penetrates to make him miss.
He can turn it up field and turn the loss into a gain.
Mike Weber is an outstanding running back who ran for over 1,000
yards as a freshman, added another 600-plus yards during a sophomore
season that was slow to start because of injury, and is now healthy
and ready to be a big-time producer for the Buckeyes … he and
sophomore J.K. Dobbins give the Buckeyes one of the best one-two
punches at running back in the Big Ten and possibly nationally …
Weber, a fourth-year junior, is a veteran of 25 games with 13 starts
… he enters the 2018 campaign with 1,722 career rushing yards and
a career average of 6.1 yards per carry … he also has 33 career
receptions for an additional 185 yards, six 100-yard rushing games
and 19 rushing touchdowns … he rushed for 626 yards in 2017 and
scored 10 touchdowns, all while coming off the bench … he
displayed breakaway speed, as well: he went 82-yards for a score
against Michigan State and he has four rushes of over 40 yards …
had a career-best 53-yard reception vs. Maryland … he rushed for a
career-high 162 yards against Michigan State’s No. 3 rated rush
defense … Weber had a terrific freshman campaign in 2016, being
named a freshman All-American after rushing for 1,096 yards in his
rookie season and catching 23 passes out of the backfield, for 91
yards … he was named the Big Ten’s freshman of the year … he
was just the third Ohio State freshman, joining Robert Smith (1,126
yards in 1990) and Maurice Clarett (1,237 yards in 2002), to rush
for over 1,000 yards in a season … Weber is majoring in sociology.
Parris Campbell- 6-1, 208, H-B/WR-
He is a super athletic freak. It has taken him a while to learn the
college game. He could go very high if he can play smarter and
faster this season. He runs like a WR. Plays special teams, and will
contribute to any team that drafts him. Might be a bit of a tweener.
Solid Day Two prospect.
Parris Campbell is a dynamic and talented football player and one
of the fastest players on the team and Big Ten Conference … he is
a threat to score anytime he has the football in his possession …
a fifth-year senior who was a team captain in 2017, Campbell is a
veteran of 34 games and 24 starts, including 12 starts during the
2017 campaign when he led the team with 18 plays of 20-or-more
yards, including long receiving touchdowns of 74 yards vs. Indiana,
69 yards vs. UNLV and 57 yards in the Big Ten title game win over
Wisconsin … Campbell also ranked second on the team last year with
40 receptions and first with 584 receiving yards … he averaged
13.2 yards off his 10 carries, including a long of 44 yards vs.
Illinois … he was named a game “champion” by OSU coaches nine
times during the season, including earning player of the game honors
vs. both Indiana (six receptions for career-high 136 yards and one
TD) and USC (special teams) … he enters his senior season second
on the team in career receptions with 53 and second in receiving
yards with 705, and he has a career 13.3 yards per carry average off
his 14 rushes … a fine return specialist, Campbell led the Big Ten
in 2016 in kickoff returns (27.8) and he has tied a 52-year-old Ohio
State record for career kickoff return average at 30.4 yards per
return (Tom Barrington, 1963-65) … Campbell’s 584 return yards
in 2016 rank third in Ohio State single season history, and his 149
return yards vs. Indiana in 2016 also rank third … he is a high
school teammate of Buckeye linebacker Dante Booker … is majoring
K.J. Hill- 6', 198 CB-
Steadily improving CB has looked good this season. He could
slide into Day Two with a great season.
K.J. Hill is not only a tough receiver and a veteran receiver,
but he is also the leading receiver on the team with 74 career
catches and 811 receiving yards … a fourth-year performer with
junior eligibility, Hill has played in 25 games the past two seasons
and has started four times … he is coming off a fine sophomore
campaign when he led the team in receptions with 56 and was second
in yards with 549 … he led all the receivers last year with 10
game “champion” honors, as determined by the OSU coaching staff,
including following the huge wins vs. Penn State, Michigan State,
Michigan and Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game … had a
career-best 12 receptions – the fourth-highest total in school
history – and 102 receiving yards in the dramatic,
come-from-behind win over Penn State … this coming one week after
his previous career bests with seven receptions for 80 yards and two
touchdowns in the win at Nebraska … dependable, Hill also was the
team’s primary punt returner with 26 returns for 144 yards (5.5
average) … after red-shirting the 2015 season, Hill had a
productive 2016 campaign, just missing a 20-catch season but leading
the Ohio State receivers (10 or more catches) with a 14.6
yards-per-reception average … he played in 11 of 13 games in 2016,
missing two with an ankle injury … he is majoring in
Michael Jordan- 6-7, 312, OLG-
Starting OLG the OSU O-line is relying on. He could be a solid Day
Three pick for someone. He has monstrous size.
Michael Jordan is one of the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten
Conference and now, as a true junior who has started every game the
past two years, should start to receive national recognition as one
of the top players at his position … a starter since game No. 1 of
his freshman campaign in 2016, Jordan has now started 27 consecutive
games for the Buckeyes, including all 14 games for the 2017 Big Ten
and Cotton Bowl champions … he was named first-team all-Big Ten in
2017 by the league’s coaches and was named a game “champion”
by OSU coaches 11 times, including offensive player of the game
honors vs. Illinois … helped the Buckeye offense lead the Big Ten
in rushing for a third consecutive season at 243.2 yards per game
(17th nationally) … Jordan was an early enrollee into classes at
Ohio State in January 2016 and worked his way into the starting
lineup – and stayed – midway through 2016 spring drills …
started all 13 games at right guard and helped the team rank 11th
nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per
game in 2016 … is majoring in consumer and family financial
services, and he completed a 180-hour internship this summer with
*Austin Mack- 6-2, 215, WR-
He could slide into the end of Day Two with a great season. Ohio
States' QB looks to be much better than last year's QB. He can
really sling the ball.
Johnnie Dixon- 5-11, 198, WR-
Speedster who can't stay healthy. He has talent, but if he can't
take the beating in college, he can't take it in the NFL. But he has
translated his speed into touchdowns, which is always converted.
6', 201, QB,-
Exceedingly productive QB who is likely to be Pen States' all time
leading passer at the end of this season.
Is tied for No. 6 in program history with 22 wins as a starting
quarterback...Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 28-straight
games, dating back to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn
State record, which was previously held by Kerry Collins at
14-straight games from 1993-94...His streak will enter the 2018
Season as the longest active streak in the FBS...Sits atop the
career completion percentage (61.8) and career passing efficiency
(152.9) lists...Is the only quarterback in Penn State history with
50-plus touchdown passes, topping the all-time ledger with 59
scoring tosses and besting Christian Hackenberg’s mark of 48
(2013-15)...Is the only Penn State quarterback with multiple 80-yard
completions in a career...Is the only Penn State quarterback with
multiple 3,000-yard passing Seasons...Is one of seven quarterbacks
in Big Ten history to have back-to-back 3,000-yard passing
Seasons...His 77 touchdowns responsible for are the most in Penn
State history, passing Daryll Clark’s (65; 2006-09) career
total...Joins Clark as the only two players in Penn State history
with 60-plus touchdowns responsible for...Is only the third Penn
State player to eclipse 7,000-yard passing yards mark, one of four
Penn State passers to surpass 6,000 yards and one of nine to top the
5,000-yard plateau...Ranks No. 2 on Penn State’s all-time passing
yardage list (7,369), chasing Hackenberg (8,457) for the top
spot...Is the career leader in total offense (8,268), passing
Hackenberg’s mark (8,215; 2013-15) in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta
RB, 5-11, 215,-
high school RB who learned behind Barley for two seasons. He could
be a Day Two pick with a great season this year. He has the talent.
Awards: Was presented with the 2018 Red Worrell Award for the
offensive player who has best demonstrated exemplary conduct,
loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.
Appeared in 12 games with one start...Made his first career start
vs. Rutgers (11/11)...Joined Ryan Buchholz, Will Fries and Shareef
Miller as first-time starters in 2017.
WR, 6-4, 198,-
Junior WR who had a break out season last year. He is the only
returning WR of the top four from last season. He has a chance to
put up enough stats to get him into Day Two. He was 2nd best WR last
season with 54 catches.
Finished the Season tied for No. 12 on the single-Season
receptions list (54)...Ranked No. 19 at Season’s end in
single-Season receiving yards (701).
Awards: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from
conference coaches and media voters...Earned a spot on the Pro
Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his game-winning
touchdown catch at Iowa (9/30)...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big
Ten Team of the Week following his first career 100-yard receiving
game vs. Nebraska (11/18)...Notched a slot on the Pro Football Focus
Big Ten Team of the Week after a six-catch day at Maryland
(11/25)...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick
Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring
practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their
responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in
exemplary manner, with John Reid.
5-11, 188, WR,-
is a small guy that BB usually likes in his corps.
He has the speed to take the top off a defense. He was the 4th or
5th option last season, and stepped up into the top two with three
WRs graduating last season. Having a great year could get him
Drafted early on Day Three.
Set a school record for punt return average in a game with 31.8
yard per return vs. Akron (9/2/17), besting Derrick Williams’ mark
of 31.7 vs. Temple (2006).
Awards: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches
and third-team accolades from the media voters as a return
specialist...Garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors as a punt
returner from Phil Steele.
*Ryan Bates- OLT, Rs-Jr,-
is the starting OLT for Penn State. He might not be an NFL OLT, but
he could be an excellent OLG. If he chooses to come out. This game
is paramount for him.
He will likely stay in school.
OL, 6-7, 353,–
He has had a disappointing career a Penn State, mostly because of
injury. He has to prove he can still play and stay healthy.
Season: Appeared in 12 games with nine starts.
6-5. 280, DE,–
led Penn ST sacks (5), TFL (11), and 9 QB hurries. If he can double
those sacks numbers he could declare as a Junior, and have a shot in
Day Two. He is a cocky dude who wants to beat Nassib record of 15.5
Sacks in one season this year.
• SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Awards: Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and
honorable-mention accolades from the conference coaches...Garnered
third-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele...Earned a spot on
the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 24 after his
showing vs. Michigan...Added to the Bednarik Award watch list at
mid-Season...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the
Week after a posting two tackles behind the line vs. Nebraska
Appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts...Joined Ryan Buchholz,
Will Fries and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017...Wore
No. 19 at Iowa (9/23) and vs. Indiana (9/30) to honor Torrence
Brown, who missed the games due to a Season-ending injury vs.
Georgia State (9/16).
SAM, 6-1, 236,-
is going to be their starter at the Sam. "I would say probably
the biggest thing with Koa is this is his year," Franklin said.
"He's one of the guys that's going to test really well when
that time comes, but he's gotta play like it. At this point, he
hasn't really played up to his speed, and I think that's what this
spring and this summer will allow him to do.
think him and Cam Brown can have significant roles for us on the
edge, two guys that have played a lot of football for us, but it's
time for them to take that next step from being good backups to
being good starters or dominant starters." They are expecting
him to step up this season.
CB/Nickel, 6-1, 203,–
was not a starter last year, but was still named 2nd all-Big Ten
last season. He is expected to be much better this season as a
starter. He had 4 INTs last year. He could up being the best player
in the Secondary.
Awards: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from coaches and
media voters...Was the first Nittany Lion cornerback to earn first
or second team All-Big Ten honors since Lydell Sargeant (second
team) in 2008...Garnered second-team All-Big Ten from Phil
Steele...Earned first-team All-ECAC.
is a special teams maven, so you know BB has his eyes on him. He has
to step up this season and prove he can play Safety to be picked up
on Day Three.
is like Troy Apke, he is still more athlete than football player. He
is one hell of an athlete. Apke was taken rounds higher because he
was a top five athlete in last year's Draft.
Earned the Captain’s Award at the annual team banquet.
Appeared in all 13 games with one start...Selected team captain
prior to the Season...Made his second career start – and first on
defense – at Maryland (11/25), with his only other start coming at
running back vs. Indiana in 2015.
5-10, 189, CB,–
might have been the best Corner on the team in 2015 and 2016. But he
blew out his knee in 2017. If his knee is sound he could be a Day
REDSHIRT Season due to injury...Named Academic All-Big
Ten...Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total
Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad
members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities
in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner,
with Juwan Johnson.
Kevin Givens- DL, 6-1, 285,–
He has had a disappointing career at Penn State, mostly because of
"I think he needs to go out there consistently, week in and
week out, and play a first-team all-conference caliber defensive
tackle," Penn ST DC Pry said. "That's what we're looking
for, and if we've gotta put him out there at end in some situations
because of the opponent we're playing potentially, he's ready to do
that." He has to stay healthy this season.
he does, he could get drafted. "You talk about a guy that was
kind of thrown into it. A little bit raw when he got here, and now
you've got a guy that can play defensive end," Pry said.
"He can play nose tackle. He can play 3-technique. He can go
into three-down and play the end spot. He can play the zero. And he
makes plays." They need him to play all over the line.
has to prove he can still play and stay healthy.
"He doesn't say a word," Pry said. "He works, he
works, he works. Some of the guys we've pulled off, taken reps off
them, but we've soaked him out there and he doesn't complain. He
just works. He wants to be great. I can't say enough good things
about him right now." He could get drafted on Day Three.