"John Bosa was the No. 3-ranked defensive end in my 1987 draft guide coming out of Boston College and eventually went No. 17 overall to Miami. I'd put No. 17 overall on the low end of any projections for his son."
At this point I would be surprised if Bosa were not the top overall selection in next spring's NFL Draft. A big selling point Bosa has going for him is his versatility, with his athleticism allowing him to be effective anywhere across the defensive line. Bosa being equally as effective playing in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Plus, Bosa's box score numbers are not bad either. The junior has racked up 34.5 tackles for loss during his first two seasons and, as Kiper states, that is without the benefit of a redshirt season.
Also interesting to note here is Kiper projects the top five picks to all be juniors. Off the top of my head I can't recall a draft's first five picks all having remaining college eligibility. Of course, Buckeye fans are well versed in underclassmen becoming big time contributors.
"Put more simply, Ohio State has a lot of new dudes."
Following a brief look back at the 2014/2015 Ohio State basketball season, Brennan takes a look at what 2015/2016 may hold. First point to be made: D'Angelo Russell is not coming back. Moving on from that cold reality, Brennan runs through the returners as well as the newcomers. Names like Jae'Sean Tate, Kam Williams, and Keita Bates-Diop are mentioned as returning role players poised to take the next step. The more interesting question though, is what do the Buckeyes have in their five incoming freshmen?
It's certainly a class filled with very good players, as all rate four stars, though there is no clear start player of the bunch. Ja'Quan Lyle may be the most intriguing player of the group however. Could he step in and provide that leading scorer responsibly out of the backcourt now that Russell is gone, or will Ohio State need to get scoring by committee next season?
"Joshua Perry has never been out of the United States, so it's no surprise to learn that he had never owned a passport until recently. But starting today, he will need one."
Perry and teammate Chase Farris leave today, along with seven other members of various Ohio State athletic teams, on a week long trip to Costa Rica. While there, they will participate in a program titled Soles 4 Souls which distributes shoes to young children in need. The shoes are donated by corporations and retailers from across the country. The athletes will also pass out crayons, pens, and notebooks to the children.
Paying it forward.
"Add Braxton Miller's high school coach to the list of those expecting the quarterback to be in an Ohio State uniform this fall"
This can only be good news. A lot has already been said on the quarterback situation, and on Miller specifically. It's hard to imagine that Miller will be his normal self after another shoulder surgery, though it has been done before. Drew Brees is an example that comes to mind. If healthy, I envision Urban letting Braxton have the first shot at the quarterback job; though what constitutes "first shot" is unclear. If Miller is not healthy or clearly not the quarterback he once was, which many expect to happen, then Cardale and J.T. will decide the position battle.
Should make for an interesting fall camp. It sure doesn't seem like Miller is looking to leave though.
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Must read for Michigan fans.