So you drafted Ohio State's Marcus Hall?

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Marcus Hall is unlikely to hear his name called this afternoon, but that doesn't mean he can't make things interesting at the right team's camp this summer.

The name Marcus Hall probably resonates with you for one very specific reason.

Now that we've established Hall's trolling bonafides, let's talk about Marcus Hall the football player (who though this series is coined "So you drafted a Buckeye?", it'd probably take a near hail mary for the former Buckeyes big man to hear his name called this afternoon).

Hall redshirted his sophomore year (for academic reasons), recorded five starts his redshirt junior season, before emerging as a regular in the Buckeye line up the year after. He'd started 25 straight games for the best Ohio State offensive line in recent memory before the histrionics display above in hated Ann Arbor led to head coach Urban Meyer shutting Hall down (despite the Big Ten not issuing discipline against Hall themselves). Hall returned in the Orange Bowl, though clearly never made it all the way out of the doghouse with the OSU coaches as he split duties with soon-to-be OSU starting lineup regular, Pat Elflein.

The thing working against Hall, is despite the long string of burn on a fairly stout offensive line, he rarely stood out, often overshadowed by new Indianapolis Colt Jack Mewhort and probable third day pick Andrew Norwell as well as possible one Corey Linsley. How much some of the "strong side" weight was being pulled by Hall and how much was helped by future left tackle Taylor Decker this past season was even up for debate at time, but despite the relative lack of accolades (Hall was honorable mention all-Big Ten in 2013), his athleticism and overall game on the right side is probably better than he is often given credit for.

You can't teach size, and at 6'5 312 pounds, Hall's got it. But whether or not he can grow his football IQ and improve his consistency and technique at the next level remains the question. Some have even criticized Hall's maturity for openly embracing his most infamous moment, but that sort of skepticism remains overblown. Hall's lone other red flag dates back to the summer of 2011 when he worked for a job where he was over-compensated for the services actually performed. Hall had to pay back $230 and was suspended one game for the incident.

Those worrying about any kind of drive or attitude issues, need not, however. When the new staff arrived, Hall was no sure thing to be the kind of contributor many had pegged him as when he first joined Ohio State as a four-star from the famed Glenville Academy pipeline in Cleveland. But in working with OSU strength and conditioning guru Mick Marotti (who came with Meyer from Florida), Hall reinvented himself:

"I literally have a weight lifted off my shoulders and it makes things on the field so much easier."

Hall lost 20 pounds after adapting his diet and changing how he worked out all together.

While finding success at the next level will take a lot more than self discipline, Hall has a puncher's chance to make a practice squad out of camp. Though he's more likely than not to be a priority undrafted free agent, he pulls well and could be a sleeper prospect at the next level.

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