Baldwin, Grant Sign With NFL Teams

Ohio State had five players drafted and two more seniors on the 2014 team were signed as Darryl Baldwin and Curtis Grant will begin their NFL careers as a Baltimore Raven and San Diego Charger, respectively.

In addition to the five Buckeyes drafted over the weekend, two other players who were seniors on the 2014 national championship team signed with NFL teams.

After Devin Smith (N.Y. Jets), Jeff Heuerman (Denver Broncos), Doran Grant (Pittsburgh Steelers), Michael Bennett (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Evan Spencer (Washington Redskins) were chosen, Darryl Baldwin signed with the Baltimore Ravens and Curtis Grant became a San Diego Charger.

Our capsule profiles on the two follow.

Ohio State OT Darryl Baldwin: Signed By San Diego

Bio Info
Solon, Ohio
6-6
308
4.96 40
30 reps
30.5-inch vertical jump
106-inch broad jump
4.64 20 yard shuttle
7.39 three-cone drill

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Two-star prospect
No. 16 offensive tackle in the draft
No. 188 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: A three-star recruit in the class of 2010, Baldwin had to wait for his chance to start at Ohio State. After a redshirt season and a freshman season spent on the defensive line, Baldwin transitioned to the offensive side of the ball. He served as a backup until winning the right tackle job as a fifth-year senior. Once he got a chance, he shined. He started all 15 games for the Buckeyes and served as a key member of an offensive line that helped Ohio State post record numbers in 2014.

Baldwin Says: “It's a little bit strange. I got to start one year, and now I'm here trying to get on an NFL team. My dream is about to come true. It's different than the high school process because you don't really get to pick them. They draft you. But it's kind of a similar thing -- work out for them, see what they like, see what you like.”

NFL.com Breakdown: STRENGTHS: Outstanding arm length and understands how to use it. Will punch and then re­set hands when needed against spin moves. Has plus upper-body strength and uses it to re­direct pass rushers who turn the corner on him. More than capable of latching on and shutting down simple, straight-­ahead rushers. WEAKNESSES: Stiffness in knees. Plays upright and struggles to get his backside cut-­off blocks when moving laterally. Feet get complacent upon contact, allowing defenders with strong motors to work back into plays. Sluggish with punch. Needs to be more sudden and aggressive when he shoots his long arms.

Ohio State LB Curtis Grant: Signed By San Diego

Bio Info
Richmond, Va.
6-3
238
40-yard dash: 4.65 and 4.7 seconds
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.46 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.15 seconds

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Unranked

Ohio State Career: By now, Grant's story is known to most. He arrived at Ohio State after a National Signing Day pledge in 2012 as a five-star prospect and one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation. But he played mostly on special teams his first two seasons as he learned the defense and struggled to play fast in the scheme, though he had his moments early on, recovering a blocked punt at the 1 in the team's 2011 upset vs. Wisconsin and starting three games in 2012, making three tackles in each the Miami and UCF games.

Grant saw more time as an upperclassman, becoming a starting middle linebacker his junior campaign in 2013. He excelled against the run before ankle and back injuries bothered him over the last few weeks of the season, but Grant still finished with 52 tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He had a career-high 10 tackles in the win at Northwestern, shortly before the passing of his father, Curtis R. Grant.

Determined to make the most of his final campaign, Grant was elected a co-captain of the national championship team and also served as a mentor to true freshman Raekwon McMillan, the linebacker trying to take his spot, during fall camp. The two shared duties during the early season before Grant finished the season as the clear starter at the position, making 69 tackles, five TFL, one sack, a fumble recovery and his first career interception. Grant set a new career high with 13 tackles vs. Virginia Tech and also had 10 tackles in the Sugar Bowl win vs. Alabama.

NFL.com Breakdown: STRENGTHS: Shredded physique. Enjoys playing a physical brand of football and is willing to engage offensive linemen at the point of attack. Gets into blockers with his hands and works to shed. Has plus play strength. Tackles with authority. WEAKNESSES: Straight-line linebacker. If he starts downhill, he stays downhill. When run plays become fluid and changing, Grant doesn't feature the lateral change of direction to flow with them. Doesn't make enough plays. Has played less than 50 percent of the Buckeyes' snaps over the last two seasons.


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