The 2017 NFL Draft is set to begin Thursday and while it doesn't appear likely a Buckeye wide receiver will come off the board in the first round, its is possible Ohio State could have a receiver taken in the second round for the third straight season. Devin Smith came off the board to the New York Jets in the 2015 draft while Michael Thomas was selected in the second round by the New Orleans Saints in last years draft. What follows are draft bios on both Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown along with analysis from draft analyst Erick Trickel from the Mile High Report. Draft rankings are from CBS Sports.
6-2 • 222
CBS Rank: Overall 177; WR 24
Combine 40: Did not run
ACCOLADES: Brown earned playing time as a freshman and was slated to be Ohio State’s No. 2 wide receiver in 2015 before breaking his leg in fall camp. He returned in 2016 and was second in receiving for Ohio State, hauling in 32 catches for 402 yards and seven scores, four of which came in a win against Oklahoma.
PROJECTED ROUND: Late fourth to fifth
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers
BROWN SAYS: “I try to have the mind-set that I can make a big difference in every game, no matter what it be – a key block. You never know which play is going to win the game, and I try to go every play as if it’s trying to win the game. I give my best effort, try to do my job.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Brown has the frame and looks of an NFL receiver but has limited opportunities to really show his talent. With only 33 career catches, a lot of his draft stock is built on the projection of what NFL coaching can make him. He showed what he can potentially be, primarily in the red zone, in a game against Oklahoma where he caught five passes for 72 yards and four touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if a wide receivers coach falls in love with his frame and ceiling and pounds the table for him in the middle rounds.” – Erick Trickel
5-11 • 196
CBS Rank: Overall 45; WR 4
Combine 40: 4.31 seconds
ACCOLADES: Samuel earned the backup running back job at Ohio State as a freshman during the Buckeyes’ title-winning season before being used more as an H-back in 2015. He exploded in 2016 as Ohio State’s premier H-back, rushing for 771 yards on 97 carries while also leading the team in receiving with 74 receptions for 865 yards on his way to being named a first-team AP All-American.
PROJECTED ROUND: Second
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings
SAMUEL SAYS: “Right now I feel like I’m more of an inside (wide receiver) but as the years go on I’m going to evolve to be able to do both. I want to stay on the field as long as I can and as much as I can doing running back, outside receiver, inside receiver, wherever teams want me. I’m looking forward to doing all of that.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “When thinking of weapons, Samuel is one of the names that come to mind in this draft class. Ohio State used Samuel as a running back, receiver and return man. He brings more to the table as a receiver than at running back but has some issues that need worked out as a receiver. If the team that drafts him can find how exactly to use him, they likely end up with a special player that will give opposing defenses trouble.” – Erick Trickel