Trieu's OSU Nike Scouting Notes - Part One

GoBlueWolverine's NFL Analyst Allen Trieu was in Columbus Friday for the Ohio State Nike Camp. In part one of his recap of the one on one match-ups he discusses the performances of Cameron Joplin, Martez Wilson, Jordan Mabin, and more.

The Ohio State NIKE Camp was lacking some of the Midwest's big names, but a few did make the trip. With Dionte Allen (track meet) not attending and Ronald Johnson on hand only to watch, this was a good chance for some sleeper prospects to shine. First up were the timings and the bench press. The fastest forty yard dash of the day was turned in by Skylar Jones from Middletown, OH. A track star, Jones plays quarterback for Middletown but could play a number of different positions at the next level. The top bench press results today went to Chad Snodgrass, an offensive lineman from Nitro, WV, as he lifted the bar (185 lbs) 41 times. But the top overall Sparq rating of the day went to Iowa DB/Ath Jordan Bernstein. He also had an excellent performance earlier at the Iowa City combine and proved it wasn't a fluke here. He turned in 16 reps on the bench, a 4.38 forty yard dash and a 41.9 inch vertical. At this point though, he is very raw as a CB and needs technical work there, but has the raw tools.

In one on one drills, we got a good chance to see some kids from Michigan perform. TE Cameron Joplin from Ann Arbor Pioneer certainly passed the eye test. He was tall and well put together. He has soft hands and caught the ball well other than one pass he dropped where he had to adjust and reach behind him. However, he played too upright and isn't a burner, even for a tight end. He is a raw prospect who did not do some of the little things like come back to the ball or attack the ball aggressively at its highest point. He seems to be the type of nice kid who will need a fire lit under him.

Mark Dell had some coaches on him about some route running, and that is an area he needs to improve on. Some of the troubles were due to the QBs and WRs not working together before today though. Dell does have the raw tools to become a very good receiver and a good route runner though. He is very quick and bursts out of his breaks allowing him to create separation. One thing he needs to improve is his release. He releases with his head down and also had some trouble against press coverage.

As for the out-of-staters, Martez Wilson was one of the more physically impressive players there. He is tall and well built and showed good athleticism on the field. He has played some wide receiver, but will almost certainly be a tight end if he plays on offense in college. He has good hands and though he showed some rawness as a route runner, he did a lot of things well. He has good quicks for a guy his size and was able to separate himself and get open a few times against smaller, quicker DBs.

Jordan Mabin was probably the best cover man out there. He not only has great speed, but he is very fluid and has the hips to change direction and turn and run without losing speed. Even though he is undersized, he showed he could play up on receivers and be physical. Another plus is his intelligence. He shows good awareness on the field and read routes as well as you could in this type of situation.

A few other kids who stood out: Ezra Millington, a big wide receiver from Huron Heights all the way up in Canada. He isn't a burner, but he ran good routes and looked to be a solid possession guy. Will he be a Michigan recruit? Unlikely, but he's a name to remember. Chris Givens from Chillicothe, OH looked good in one on ones. He is a very solid prospect who already has a college build. He does have interest in Michigan, but does not have an offer as of now. DiMarcus Wilson, a relatively unknown player from St. Louis, MO impressed with his coverage and instincts during one on ones as well.

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