Analyst Weighs Buckeyes' Pro Potential NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber took the time to evaluate some of the Buckeyes who just finished their college careers as well as a handful of seniors-to-be.

We asked NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber what he has seen and what he expects from the seniors who just finished their Ohio State careers, and he was kind enough to do just that. Steuber also weighs in on the lone Buckeye junior early NFL entry and a handful of players set to be seniors this fall.


Kurt Coleman – Steuber says: "A hard-hitting safety that has tremendous playmaking ability, Coleman translates best as a free safety at the next level. He has good range and covers a lot of ground in the secondary. He positions himself well and wraps up the opposition cleanly in the open field. Coleman is an intelligent defender who presents versatility to a team at the next level". Draft Projection: 3rd – 4th Round

Anderson Russell – Steuber says: "Russell is a tremendous leader and possesses a strong work ethic. He's a steady defender and positions himself well to make plays. He's a strong tackler and has great range sideline-to-sideline. He's good in coverage and can handle nickel responsibilities if needed. He has good ball skills and defends the run well." Draft Projection: 5th – 6th Round

Doug Worthington – Steuber says: "A big, physical defender who does a good job in run defense, but is limited as a pass rusher. He lacks explosion and has to work on his technique. He's had some off the field problems; character issues." Draft Projection: 7th Round – UDFA

Ray Small – Steuber says: "Small is a very talented, multi-dimensional threat that has the ability to be a game breaker. He possesses outstanding quickness and vision, and has promising hands as a wide receiver. He's had off-the-field issues that have hampered his career and it's a major concern moving forward." Draft Projection: UDFA

Jake Ballard – Steuber says: "Ballard's not much of a receiving threat, but he's improved over the last year. He's known more for his blocking ability and possesses great strength and technique. Draft Projection: UDFA

Junior leaving early:

Thaddeus Gibson – Steuber says: "A promising defender who has great athleticism and pass rushing ability; Gibson has a chance to be special. He's quick off the snap, dynamic off the edge and makes a lot of plays in the backfield. He's still raw and developing his craft as a pass rusher, but if he learns to use his hands more and continues to get stronger – watch out." Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Juniors staying in school:

Ross Homan – Steuber says: "An undersized, but productive defender who possesses tremendous instincts, Homan had a breakout year in '09 and showed great playmaking ability. He has excellent range and displayed sure tackling technique. He occasionally gets lost in the shuffle, but plays with a high motor and works through the trees. He's decided to stay in school for his senior year."

Cameron Heyward – Steuber says: "A big time defender who has great size and athleticism, Heyward decided to stay in school after collecting 10.5 TFL and 6.5 sacks. He's quick off the snap, uses his hands effectively and has the quickness and strength to beat the opposition off the edge. If he continues to progress, Heyward will be a first round pick in the 2011 draft.

Chimdi Chekwa – Steuber says: "Chekwa, like Heyward and Homan, decided to stay in school for his senior year and improve his draft stock. He has a great frame, but has to get stronger and play up to his ability. He has great speed, athleticism and can cover as well as anyone in the nation. He just has to put it all together."

Justin Boren – Steuber says: "A former Michigan recruit, Boren played well during his first year at Ohio State. He was named First Team All Big-Ten and demonstrated great balance and strength inside. He's a mauler inside and uses his hands well. He's a key to the Buckeyes offensive line and could be a top-two guard in the 2011 draft."

Dane Sanzenbacher – Steuber says: "Sanzenbacher was productive this past year and developed into a quality option on offense. He's undersized and doesn't have elite speed, but he has great hands and instincts. A standout senior year in 2010 will help, but at best Sanzenbacher will be a late round pick."

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