Tag:Ohio State Buckeyes
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Trade for Palmer an indictment on Terrelle Pryor?

Upon hearing the news of the Raiders' expensive trade for veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, I called around to a few league sources to gauge their reaction.

All were surprised that the Raiders gave up what they did -- their 2012 first round pick and at least their second round pick of the 2013 draft. One league scout, who requested anonymity, but allowed me to identify him as NOT an employee of the Raiders, brought up an interesting point.

Why make this trade if you're Oakland unless you've been less than impressed with former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, whom the Raiders selected in the third round of the supplemental draft in August.

It was a commonly held belief among scouts that Pryor needed significant time before he could realistically be expected to start at quarterback in the NFL. Still, with plenty of street free agent and backup quarterbacks throughout the league available at a fraction of Palmer's cost, clearly the Raiders aren't just adding the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft for their immediate needs, but for their future, as well.
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 9:54 am
 

Supplemental re-scheduled for Monday; Pryor in

The NFL has alerted its 32 teams that the league's annual Supplemental Draft will take place on Monday, August 22 and that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been added to the list of players eligible to be selected.

Teams now have six total players to consider. They are, in alphabetical order: Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, Georgia running back King, Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers (IFL) defensive end Keenan Mace, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, Pryor and Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson.

The NFL has taken some heat for its handling of Pryor and re-shuffling of the draft. The draft, like all things connected to the league, was originally postponed due to the prolonged CBA negotiations. Generally, the draft is held on or around July 15, approximately 10 days prior to the opening of training camps. This year teams were originally informed that the draft would take place yesterday (Wednesday, August 17) before the league announced that it was pushing the draft back indefinitely, presumably to further investigate whether Pryor should be allowed eligibility.

Ultimately, the NFL did relent and allow Pryor in, though the former Buckeye quarterback certainly isn't getting off easily for his role in the "tattoo scandal" that rocked the university and contributed to Jim Tressel losing his job.

Per the NFL's release, Pryor is eligible to be selected in the supplemental draft, but he will NOT be allowed to practice or play in the first five games of the 2011 season.

Forcing Pryor to remain off the field for roughly a third of the season will have a definite impact on his draft stock. I've spoken to several teams with interest in the dynamic running/passing threat, with many teams suggesting that a middle round pick was likely needed to secure his services. Ineligible to play for that long could push Pryor into the fifth round. Of the remaining players in the draft, McAdoo and King are the likeliest to also get drafted, though both appear to have late round prospects, at best.




Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Ineliigible at OSU means Pryor eligible for Supp.

Any doubt as to whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be deemed eligibile for an NFL supplemental draft this summer likely was erased yesterday when Pryor's lawyer received a letter from Buckeye Athletic Director Gene Smith notifying their former star that he would have been found ineligible for the 2011 season.

With Pryor ineligible for next season, he fulfills the technicality the NFL needed to allow him into their special-case draft. Previously, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had told Alex Marvex of FoxSports.com that Pryor, (like any player) was only eligible for the draft if their situation had been affected by "unforeseen circumstances."

While some would argue that a long-term suspension from Ohio State could have easily been foreseen considering the myriad of rule violations Pryor is accused of, with the ruling coming today -- long after the January 15th deadline in which underclassmen had to declare for April's NFL draft -- the Buckeye signal-caller has indeed found his eligibility taken away between the normally scheduled draft and the supplemental. This, traditionally, has been the deciding factor in allowing a prospect into the supplemental draft.

In a typical year, the NFL's supplemental draft is held approximately ten days before the start of training camps, or roughly July 15. This year, due to the extended lockout and the higher priority of veteran free agency, signing of draft picks, etc. the supplemental draft has been placed on the "back burner."

At this point, there appears to be three players likely to be found eligible for the supplemental draft -- Georgia running back Caleb King, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo and Pryor.

Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:36 am
 

Dareus suspension mars spectacular Opening Day

Today should be remembered for what was a brilliant opening day of the D-IA college football season.

National title contenders Ohio State and Miami looked every bit the part in dismantling weak opponents (Marshall, Florida Atlantic) on their way to next weekend's showdown in Columbus.

Mountain West Conference power Utah successfully protected their home turf for an eye-popping 18th consecutive game in upsetting No. 15 Pittsburgh.

And by putting up 41 points in their home opener, one can't help but wonder if this finally is the year that the Ol Ball Coach's South Carolina Gamecocks take the next step offensively.

There were so many reasons to be optimistic about the college football season.

And instead, Tuesday evening news broke that Alabama defensive Marcell Dareus, a potential All-American and first round prospect, was suspended for the first two games of the year. Dareus follows UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin as the latest casualty of the NCAA's investigation into players receiving innapropriate benefits from agents. He's arguably the best player on the best team in the country.

Forgive me for being pessimistic this evening of what should be the most optimistic day of the year.

But, after what has been a tumultuous offseason for college football, it would have been nice to enjoy it with the big news being the action on the field.

 
Posted on: August 16, 2010 12:17 pm
 

Tebow's first game as predictable as it comes

There are times when I really do try to not mention a certain quarterback wearing the No. 15.

In explaining the hoopla to a few family members who don't care about football I realized that unless Tim Tebow truly revolutionizes the game, he'll never be able to match his hype. John Elway, who was the best all-around quarterback I've ever seen, couldn't live up to the expectations some are placing on Tebow.

And let's be clear, Tim Tebow is no John Elway.

Like many of you, I've intently watched Tebow for the past four years light up NCAA defenses with a brand of leadership, toughness, power running and passing just consistent enough to keep opponents in check.

I'm kicking myself this morning for not writing a Tebow Preview post yesterday prior to Denver's preseason game at Cincinnati.

Sure, it is easy to sound like a know-it-all after the fact, but was Tebow's up and down premiere really that surprising?

You tell me -- what wasn't predictable about last night?

Consider that:

  • One could see Tebow's nervous energy on the Denver sideline as the game went on and he knew his time was coming.
  • Once on the field, Tebow was loudly booed (amidst some cheers) by the Ohio crowd. Surprise, surprise that Buckeye and Bearcat fans remembered Tebow's impact in the 2007 BCS Championship Game (41-14) and 2010 Sugar Bowl (51-24) throttlings, respectively, of their beloved teams. 
  • Tebow's best throw was a 40-yard bomb to wideout Matt Willis. Though the ball wasn't perfectly placed -- it would have hit Willis in the helmet had it not bounced off of both hands first -- it was thrown with enough trajectory and speed to allow the receiver to catch and run away from the cornerback. It should have been a 60 yard touchdown. Tebow's deep ball prowess was among his most impressive traits I noticed when scouting him during his Pro Day workout and the Senior Bowl .
  • Once pressured, Tebow reverted back to the long wind-up delivery that we'd seen throughout his four years at Florida. By dropping the ball to his hip like he'd done hundreds of times with the Gators, Tebow had the ball knocked free when hit by a Cincinnati blitz. Bengal pass rusher Frostee Rucker picked up the ball and ran for an apparent touchdown. Replay ruled that Tebow's arm was going forward and the defensive touchdown was wiped away, but this was precisely what scouts were concerned about . Even when the ball wasn't knocked away during his wind-up, Bengal pass defenders still got a half-step advantage in breaking to the ball. Again, for all of the talk about Tebow's smoother throwing motion following the season, did anyone really believe the tutoring in a controlled situation would take over for his instincts and muscle memory once back in an actual game?
  • Finally, was anyone surprised that Tebow was able to score on the game's final play? Trailing 33-17, the last timed play of the game wasn't going to have any bearing on the final outcome. The players giving their all on this play would be the ones whose jobs were on the line or simply the most competitive on the field. Tebow's competitive fire is as impressive as any player I've ever scouted and he's a load as a runner (as his SEC-record 57 rushing touchdowns can attest) so it was quite predictable to see him take off from the 7-yard line and bowl over a defender (Bengals safety Kyries Hebert) on his way to the endzone. Even Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer wasn't surprised with the outcome. As he told reporters following the game, "It was one of those things where you knew he was going to score on the last play of the game, either run it in or throw it in there," Palmer said. "He's such a competitor. I've been a big fan of his ever since he started at Florida. He's one of the greatest college football players."
Now, the day after the game, sports analysts everywhere are micro-analyzing Tebow's performance. Some are surprised he didn't fall on his face, completely. Others, buying into Tebow-mania, are surely certain that his last-play touchdown forecasts immediate NFL success.

And I guess that mixed reaction is the most predictable of all.
Posted on: September 5, 2009 12:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2009 12:52 pm
 

Minnesota-Syracuse, Ohio State-Navy prospects

The first Saturday of the season and the morning begins with two interesting inter-conference matchups with plenty of potential NFL talent.

The key players to watch in the Minnesota-Syracuse game currently on ESPN is Gopher wide receiver Eric Decker and Orange defensive tackle Arther Jones and wideout Mike Williams

Jones, (#97) is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line. Despite missing some of the off-season conditioning due to a torn pectoral muscle, he enters the season as a legitimate first round prospect.

Despite the assertions of TV analysts, Minnesota WR Eric Decker (#7) is not currently viewed as a likely first round caliber prospect. He is, however, a valuable possession receiver with size (6-3, 215) and very good hands. He already has one long reception in this game and could be on the verge of a big season.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch, however, is Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams (#1). Williams was suspended last year due to academics, but scouts will quickly disregard that if he can prove his eye-popping athleticism remains. The 6-2, 215 pound receiver enters today's game with a streak of receiving touchdowns in 9 consecutive games... And with 32 seconds to go in the first quarter, he just extended that streak, catching much ballyhooed QB/PG Greg Paulus' first touchdown pass of his NCAA career.

On ESPN, a "slightly" less competitive game is being shown between Ohio State and Navy. Navy, as you might expect, doesn't offer much in terms of NFL prospects, though the Buckeyes more than make up for them.

Many of Ohio State's top prospects are underclassmen but their talented secondary is led by senior safety Anderson Russell (#21) and Kurt Coleman (#4). The Buckeyes seemingly always have talent along the defensive line and DE Lawrence Wilson (#87) has an opportunity for a breakout campaign after missing the second half of last year with a torn ACL. Playing opposite junior rising star Cameron Heyward (son of the late NFL standout Craig "Ironhead" Heyward). Versatile offensive lineman Jim Cordle (#64) is one to watch, as well.

 
 
 
 
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