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2014 NFL Draft: Mocking the Landing Spots for the Ohio State Buckeyes Prospects
Throughout the years the Ohio State Buckeyes have been known for producing quite the pipeline of players for the NFL. Among the leaders all-time in picks selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and total players drafted, this season should be no different as there are 13 draft eligible Buckeyes.
While the rest of the draft world continues to debate over which quarterbacks will be selected in the first round, I decided to change things up by projecting where each Buckeye will land on draft day. There are quite a few Buckeyes who should get drafted, so let’s take a look at where they will land.
Ryan Shazier, LB, Green Bay Packers at No. 21 (First Round)
Green Bay’s depth at outside linebacker behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry was pretty thin last year, and despite signing Julius Peppers in the offseason the Packers could choose to continue to add to their defense. Shazier has the ability to play both outside and inside linebacker in the Packers’ 3-4 defense, is a natural playmaker on defense and with another Buckeye in A.J. Hawk playing inside he could be a solid mentor for him.
Other potential landing spots: Arizona, Cincinnati and Cleveland in the first round.
Bradley Roby, CB, San Francisco 49ers at No. 30 (First Round)
While a lot of mocks have the 49ers adding a wide receiver here, the 49ers absolutely need a first-round talent at cornerback. If there is a major run on cornerbacks in the first round, Roby—who was once a Top 15 talent—could find his way into the bottom of the first round to the 49ers. After losing Tarell Brown to the Raiders, Donte Whitner to the Browns and cutting Carlos Rogers, the 49ers lone defensive back addition was Chris Cook this offseason. A guy like Roby with a ton of upside, a willingness to hit and hit hard and lightning speed could be just what the doctor ordered for the 49ers secondary.
Other potential landing spots: Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Cleveland
Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 39 (Second Round)
It may not currently be perceived as a major need for the Jaguars after signing Toby Gerhart, but head coach Gus Bradley comes from a Seattle system which loves to control the ball. After cutting ties with long-time running back Maurice Jones-Drew in the offseason, the Jaguars could look for their future bulldozing running back with Hyde at the top of the second round. With a combination of strength and size, Hyde’s deceptive speed is what makes him one of the top backs in this class. A combination of Hyde and Gerhart could pave the way for whoever is the team’s starting quarterback next season.
Other potential landing spots: Houston, Tennessee and Atlanta
Jack Mewhort, OT, Baltimore Ravens at No. 99 (Third Round)
Baltimore lost Michael Oher in the offseason to the Tennessee Titans and re-signed Eugene Monroe. Despite keeping Monroe, the team will likely look to add a tackle in the mid-rounds of the NFL Draft. In Mewhort, the Ravens would get a well-versed blocker who has ability to play botht he left and right side of the line, though he projects better as a right tackle. With his experience blocking in multiple schemes during his time at Ohio State, he could be a nice addition to a Ravens team looking to re-establish their once dominant run game.
Other potential landing spots: Cincinnati, Oakland and Houston
Corey “Philly” Brown, WR, Philadelphia Eagles at No. 165 (Fifth Round)
A highly productive player during his final two seasons in Columbus, Brown finds himself buried in a very deep wide receiver class. Usually players who catch 63 passes for 771 yards and 10 touchdowns on a run-heavy team receive higher grades than the fifth round, but that just shows you how talented this class is. His ability to find holes in the zone and work different areas of the field will be perfect with the Eagles as they attempt to replace DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant.
Other potential landing spots: Anywhere as wide receivers will be in demand
Corey Linsley, C, Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 179 (Sixth Round)
After missing out on stealing Alex Mack from the Cleveland Browns, the Jaguars will eventually have to address center at some point in the 2014 NFL Draft. After taking Hyde earlier, grabbing the man who paved the way for him during his collegiate career would be a nice addition to the Jaguars line. Linsley also has the versatility to move inside to guard as well, so he could challenge for playing time early in his career.
Other potential landing spots: Cleveland, Houston and New Orleans
Christian Bryant, FS, New England Patriots at No. 198 (Sixth Round)
Bryant suffered a season-ending broken ankle that likely ruined his draft stock quite a bit, but the team that ends up drafting him is going to get a player who may produce way above where he will be drafted. For this reason, Bryant has New England Patriots written all over him as the team will be searching for depth at the safety position during this draft. With the team cutting Adrian Wilson and Steve Gregory this offseason, a guy like Bryant could come in and prove to be very valuable early in his career with the Patriots.
Other potential landing spots: Cleveland, San Diego and New York Jets
The likes of Andrew Norwell, C.J. Barnett, Corey (Pitt) Brown and Kenny Guiton could all end up being drafted in the seventh round, though more than likely they will become undrafted free agents along with Chris Fields, Jordan Hall and Marcus Hall.
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