“After thriving in that role for Ohio State, now he’s sliding over and being asked to become the next Raekwon McMillan.”
We’re talking about Chris Worley here. He’s been asked to fill many roles at Ohio State, and that’s fine. As Ward points out, he’s whatever Ohio State needs him to be. “My job is to go on the football field and perform at the highest level in college football,” Worley told Ward. “Whether that’s replacing Darron [Lee] or replacing Raekwon, at the end of the day those two guys were considered at the top of college football at their positions. It’s up to me to live up to that name, and I have no problem with that at all.”
He’s done what Urban Meyer needs, and done it at a high level. Now, the Bucks just need Worley to be Worley while he replaces McMillan. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano believes in him. “Chris Worley, he’s just a really, really smart football player,” Schiano told Ward. “He’s a guy that I think understands the game at a very high level. ... I’m really impressed by him.” While nobody wants to constantly be compared to other players, Worley’s definitely been in good company at Ohio State, and there are much worse players to be compared to than McMillan and Lee.
“Playing in the NCAA Tournament is about doing whatever it takes for your team to survive and advance. Ten years ago, Ohio State’s Ron Lewis did just that.”
Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament run 10 years ago was fun, stressful, and exciting. That was never more true than when the Buckeyes took on Xavier in Lexington, and were against the ropes late in the game. Of course, Ron Lewis hit “The Shot,” making any Buckeye fan lose their mind in that moment. “Time flies, I can’t believe it’s been ten years,” Lewis said. “I remember the shot and the tournament run like it was yesterday. It was an unbelievable feeling.”
Lewis recalled what the team was feeling like when they were down nine with 2:54 left. “The team was looking for someone to step up at the time,” he said. “Given that I had experience playing in that atmosphere the team turned to me for leadership. Being a senior I knew I wasn’t going down without a fight. During the time, I kept thinking we can’t leave with an early exit.”
They sure didn’t.
“In ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft, the Eagles are projected to choose Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley.”
The Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 14 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and Mel Kiper’s latest mock has Ohio State defensive back Gareon Conley going to them. Conley going at No. 14 overall would be a great testament to how coveted he is. Not just because it’s a first round pick, but because it’s such a deep class for defensive backs, and plenty of talent will still be available in later rounds. Lombardo’s player comparison for Conley is none other than former Buckeye Bradley Roby.
Conley was the third best defensive back on Ohio State’s team last season behind Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore, who should both go in the top 10 of the draft, but any team would be lucky to pick him up. For his strengths, Lombardo pointed out that he has good NFL size and above-average length. As far as what they’d like to see him improve in, they felt he was caught reaching and holding in an attempt to cover, which pretty much goes for any defensive back at some point. But the upside is there.