Last week we held a draft of all Ohio State scholarship players and have since been rolling out our selections.
Not only was this a fun exercise for those involved (Tim Moody and myself made up one team while Ryan Ginn and James Grega made up the other brain trust), it proved to be educational. It shed some light on who the most valuable Buckeyes are -- captains Pat Elflein, Raekwon McMillan and J.T. Barrett were the first three selections -- what the deepest positions on the roster are and the players who need to take a step forward in order to not be forgotten.
We already outlined our respective draft philosophies and first selections and the next 20 rounds of the draft. Rounds 2-11, where most of the known stars came off the board, can be found here while we built depth in Rounds 12-21, picks you can see here.
With 42 players already selected, the picks get pretty interesting today as we're rolling out rounds 22-31, selections that saw a number of true freshmen come off the board. James and Tim provide analysis of the picks below.
Off the Board:
- Pat Elflein
- Raekwon McMillan
- J.T. Barrett
- Gareon Conley
- Jamarco jones
- Isaiah Prince
- Sam Hubbard
- Curtis Samuel
- Malik Hooker
- Tyquan Lewis
- Billy Price
- Michael Jordan
- Nick Bosa
- Damon Webb
- Denzel Ward
- Noah Brown
- Malcolm Pridgeon
- Joe Burrow
- Marcus Baugh
- Mike Weber
- Dontre Wilson
- Torrance Gibson
- Chris Worley
- Jalyn HOlmes
- Tracy Sprinkle
- Demetrius Knox
- Bri'onte Dunn
- Mike Hill
- Austin Mack
- Erick Smith
- Dante Booker
- Matt Burrell
- Marshon Lattimore
- Jerome Baker
- Corey Smith
- Jordan Fuller
- Eric Glover-Williams
- Evan Lisle
- Dre'Mont Jones
- Jashon Cornell
- Tyler Gerald
- Justin Hilliard
- Ryan and James: Nick Conner
Having the projected two outside starting linebackers, we felt it was time to add the final piece to our starting lineup. With McMillan off the board early, Conner was the next best MLB in our opinion. You will remember his big 2015 spring game performance (seven tackles, interception, forced fumble), before suffering a season ending knee injury in October.
- Tim and Blake: Jake Hausmann
With Marcus Baugh long gone, we decided to bolster an already strong set of offensive weapons with the second best tight end in the draft. He’s an unknown quantity at the college level, but Hausmann has the build and ability to be an effective player, even as a true freshman.
- Ryan and James: Parris Campbell
After an up and down season in 2015, we expect big things from Campbell in 2016. He has shown in two spring games that he has the speed and size to be a solid wide receiver at Ohio State, however his hands remain a question. His three catch, 105 yard performance in the spring game leads us to believe he has made the adjustments necessary to have a breakout 2016 season.
- Tim and Blake: Darius Slade
After drafting two of the top three defensive ends available (Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes), we decided to bolster that spot with quality depth. After Lewis, Holmes and Sam Hubbard, Slade is the only defensive end at Ohio State with any playing experience. That coupled with his length and athleticism led us to snatch him up while we still could.
- Ryan and James: Demario McCall
We absolutely loved this pick and the value of it. McCall is a speed demon and can line up at running back, H-back and wide receiver and also excels at returning kicks and punts. His 99-yard kickoff return for a score in the North vs. South All-Star Game, in addition to being an Army All-American, leads us to believe he could suit up as a true freshman for Ohio State in 2016.
- Tim and Blake: Antonio Williams
When Kareem Walker decommitted from Ohio State, it looked like the Buckeyes might be taking a downgrade at running back in the 2016 class. Then Williams arrived on campus as an early enrollee and impressed throughout the spring. Despite already having Mike Weber, we pulled the trigger on Williams to continue our trend of building a talent-heavy offense around Joe Burrow.
- Ryan and James: Robert Landers
To add to our already stellar line, we decided to start adding depth. Landers earned a lot of praise from last year’s starters along the defensive line, and probably could have played last season with the depth issues along the interior. Adding Landers to backup Sprinkle and or Dre’Mont Jones in the middle was something we felt very confident about.
- Tim and Blake: K.J. Hill
Like the Williams pick, this came down to adding depth at the offensive skill positions. Hill is one of the most talented players on the team and even showed off his ability with a catch in the spring game despite having one hand wrapped up. He won’t be a starter on our offense, but he still provides a valuable target for Burrow.
- Ryan and James: Jonathon Cooper
Another young player that we believe has the ability to be a stud along this defensive line. He wasn’t the No. 1 defensive lineman in the state of Ohio in 2016 for nothing. While he probably needs to get a little bit quicker and put on some more muscle, Cooper should be an explosive playmaker for the Buckeyes in years to come.
- Tim and Blake: Davon Hamilton
After Ryan and James picked Cooper to fill out their defensive line depth we decided to do the same, only at defensive tackle this time around. Of the tackles available, Hamilton provided by far the best value, especially after he caught the eye with a huge performance in the spring game.
- Ryan and James: Dwayne Haskins
It was at this point in the draft where we started building more depth than selecting possible starters, so we decided to get our backup to the most important position on the field. While Haskins has yet to play a down in college, he has all the measurables to be a star in the future. For now however, he will back up Barrett for the Gray squad.
- Tim and Blake: Cam Burrows
Going into spring it wouldn’t have been crazy to predict Burrows as a starting safety for Ohio State. He had some injury problems and ended up getting passed by a number of less experienced players on the depth chart, but he still provides a ton of value as a backup safety, and he could even slide into a more active role if we decide to use Damon Webb in nickel situations as a corner.
- Ryan and James:Damon Arnette
Having secured what we believe to be two of the top three corners on this team in Ward and Lattimore, it was time to add depth here. Arnette looked solid in the 2016 spring game, breaking up a pair of passes for the Gray squad. We feel he could also be our nickel guy if need be.
- Tim and Blake: Keandre Jones
With the super-athletic Jerome Baker already in the lineup and the starting defense already filled out, we decided to pick up Jones as a valuable backup to both Baker and Hilliard. He’ll have to pack on some pounds, but Jones has a chance to become a Darron Lee style player for the team.
- Ryan and James: Gavin Cupp
Despite not having yet played a down at Ohio State, Cupp is a player who is tenacious along the offensive line. He has the hardnosed mentality everyone wants in a lineman and could likely play any interior line position for us. We expect him to back up Price along our offensive line.
- Tim and Blake: Brandon Bowen
Our starting lineup was already set, so the last 15-20 rounds were all about adding depth at key positions. With Isaiah Prince and Michael Jordan set to start at offensive tackle, we decided to take Bowen, who is arguably the best option available after Prince, Jordan, Jamarco Jones and Malcolm Pridgeon.
- Ryan and James: Terry McLaurin
When we saw that this player was still on the board, we had to snatch him up. Known as one of the fastest guys on the team, McLaurin gives us the vertical threat that seemed to be missing in 2015 after the departure of Devin Smith. McLaurin showed off his speed in the 2016 spring game, hauling in a pair of long passes en route to leading all players with 111 receiving yards.
- Tim and Blake: Malik Barrow
When it came to deciding which positions to bolster for depth, we went back to the list of key positions that we began the draft with. Defensive tackle is way up there, so we took Barrow, who could have the highest ceiling of any tackle on the Ohio State roster.
- Ryan and James: Tuf Borland
Since we missed out on McMillan, we felt we needed to come right back to the MLB spot and get the best available at the position. Borland is an early enrollee this season and got some reps in the spring game, collecting three tackles and a pass breakup. Eventually, we feel as though Borland could blossom into a star inside linebacker for the Buckeyes.
- Tim and Blake: Binjimin Victor
Victor is a nearly perfect fit to backup Torrance Gibson. They have similar size and athleticism, and frankly both are very raw. Gibson will be a starting wide receiver and our main deep threat, but Victor’s freakish length means he’ll get a chance to connect with Burrow on a few deep balls as well. After this pick we were very pleased with the depth of talent on offense compared to our opponent’s.