Nine Ohio State players gave up their remaining college football eligibility to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, and though very few of those decisions caught NFL scouts off guard, the rules in place make it so those scouts have to play catch up on early entries.
Maybe to help that process — or maybe to save himself 50 phone calls — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer held a scout summit of sorts last week in the Buckeyes’ training facility. Meyer, strength coach Mickey Marotti and other coaches and staff members were available to answer questions on Ohio State’s draft prospects.
Various projections have Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa as a top three pick and at least five Buckeyes as potential first-round picks, and though just about everybody has a draft guide and a guess at this time of year, that 38 scouts showed up to talk to Meyer and others says the buzz is legit.
Ohio State’s top senior prospects are Taylor Decker, Braxton Miller, Adolphus Washington and Nick Vannett.
Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Vonn Bell, Michael Thomas, Darron Lee and Eli Apple are the biggest names among the underclassmen who declared. That was one hell of a recruiting class Meyer and his staff put together in 2013.