Now a few days removed from the NFL Draft, the sports world returns to its unfortunate barren state. As we near the summer months, better times appear to be on the horizon — or at the very least some nicer weather. There is still hope that sports will return in the near future, albeit likely without fans in attendance, but anything is better than nothing. During times like these, all we can can do is try to remain positive.
On a brighter note, Ohio State athletics are still hot in the news. Former players are getting acclimated to their new NFL teams, current players in both basketball and football continue to prep for their upcoming seasons, and everyone is looking to maintain the focus in a period of Facetime and Zoom calls. Let’s take a look at all the news around the Buckeye beat.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
ICYMI: Yesterday’s Buckeye Bits
(Tia Johnston, LGHL)
Yesterday’s news roundup was full of NFL Draft reactions, including those singing the praise of what Ohio State has been able to do in terms of churning out NFL talent and which Buckeyes are primed to be first round picks in next year’s draft.
OSU could be in for another BOOMing week
(Dan Hessler, LGHL)
Twitter is always the land of speculation and overreaction, however in the football recruiting world, smoke will usually lead you to fire. A top Ohio State target hinted that a commitment could be on the way, and it should spell good news for the Buckeyes.
24 Club: Edwin Sweetland
(Jim Baird, LGHL)
Continuing our series looking back at all 24 previous Ohio State head coaches, this week we discuss Edwin Sweetland, who led his Buckeye team to their first ever score against the Michigan Wolverines.
ICYMI: Can Ohio State’s UDFAs make it happen in the NFL?
(Gene Ross, LGHL)
Going undrafted doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the road for a career in professional football, but it does make life a bit harder. Which UDFA Buckeyes have the best chance at success at the next level?
How Ohio State’s second/third round picks fit with their NFL teams
(Tia Johnston, LGHL)
Obviously all the first round picks are destined for starting jobs in the league, but what about all the Buckeyes taken in day two? Tia breaks down each player’s position on their new roster and how they fit with the team’s plans.
From around the gridiron...
Way-too-early 2021 NFL Mock Draft: First round predictions
(Charles Power, 247Sports)
If you thought the end of the 2020 NFL Draft meant the end of mock draft szn, think again. There have been a flood of very early 2021 mock drafts to hit the internet in the past few days, and the latest by 247Sports’ Charles Power has four Buckeyes being taken in the first round. The highest overall pick was, unsurprisingly, Justin Fields, going No. 3 overall to the Carolina Panthers.
Buckeyes top-ranked 2021 class still has major needs
(Birm, Lettermen Row)
Ohio State has dominated the recruiting game in 2021 thus far, but that doesn’t mean they can just sit back and relax. There are still a number of very important targets still on the board, including a pair of five-star recruits from Washington and another in Florida.
Chase Young favored to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
(Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com)
I know, I know. BIG shocker here. The best player in the draft is favored to win NFL DROY. Former Buckeyes are certainly not new to this award, as an Ohio State product has taken home the honor in three of the last four seasons. Young is the favorite at 2/1, and Okudah has the fifth-best odds at 16/1.
Michigan football players work out in shadow of Ohio Stadium
(Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors)
For the first time in the last decade, a Michigan Wolverine did something productive in Columbus. Redshirt freshman linebacker Joey Velazquez and sophomore tight end Erick All Jr. decided to train on the Lincoln Turf fields on Ohio State’s campus, clearly wishing they played football at a school that actually won.
Predicting Big Ten win totals: Ohio State leads again in 2020
(Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports)
Fornelli took on the daunting task of predicting the outcome of every single Big Ten matchup this coming season, and has Ohio State leading the pack at 11-1. The lone loss coming on the road at Penn State, the Buckeyes are predicted to beat every other team on their schedule. Fornelli has both Michigan and Penn State finishing 9-3, with the Wolverines losing to Washington, Minnesota and OSU and the Nittany Lions falling to VT, UM and Nebraska.
From around the hardwood...
Ohio State forward Kyle Young got on video call with BTN’s Andy Katz to discuss his current situation. The two talked about Young’s injury rehab, how he prepares for the upcoming season from home, and what he thinks about the Buckeyes’ roster in 2020.
Update on the recruitment of Malaki Branham
(Steve Helwagen, 247Sports)
Ohio State is still very much in the mix for 2021 shooting guard Malaki Branham. The nation's No. 4 SG, Branham hails out of St. Vincent-St. Mary, a school you may recognize (duh) as the former high school of one Lebron James. Xavier and Louisville are fighting for the 6-foot-4 guard themselves, but the Buckeyes are currently the team to beat according to Helwagen.
From everywhere else...
Update from Gov. Mike DeWine today: Ohio will not mandate masks for retail customers. Though it is a "strong recommendation," that decision will be left up to the individual customer.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 28, 2020
Ohio governor Mike DeWine has done a tremendous job handling the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result the state will slowly begin its re-opening process next week. Retail stores will be allowed to open their doors on May 12, and though masks will not be mandated for customers, they are strongly recommended.
Wear a mask. Keep you and your loved ones safe. There is literally no reason not to.
We are so proud of how our community has stepped up for one another during these unusual times. As neighbors, coworkers, family and friends, we are all in this #TogetherAsBuckeyes. https://t.co/mC3TEFzaRb pic.twitter.com/1B4LGrobYP— Ohio State (@OhioState) April 28, 2020
We’ve had to adapt to this new virtual way of life, but we know we’re all in this together.
We are truly sorry you’re missing our amazing campus today on what should be your senior crawl. We threw this time lapse video together for you to drink along too. Hope it brings you some joy during these crazy times. We’re extremely proud of you! https://t.co/6IfSxeuLlD— THR3ES (@threesabovehigh) April 28, 2020
The good people over at Threes, one of the many local bars at Ohio State, have put together a virtual bar crawl for the seniors that are missing out on the annual event. The time lapse video makes stops at each of the bars that would usually be involved, with some kind messages from the miscellaneous staffs along the way.
40— Malik Harrison ♂️ (@Leek_39) April 28, 2020
Former Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison appears to have found his new number in the pros, moving up one spot from his college number of 39 to his new No. 40 with the Baltimore Ravens.