Ohio State – Michigan State getting plenty of NFL attention


Ohio State plays Michigan State Saturday in a game that has major College Football Playoff implications and gives Michigan State senior quarterback Connor Cook, who decided last winter to put the NFL on hold, his biggest challenge of the season.

The NFL knows about plenty of players on the Ohio State side, too. Five players from Ohio State’s 2014-15 national championship team were drafted last spring, and that many Buckeyes could be drafted in the first round next year.

Ohio State has credentialed 19 NFL scouts representing 17 teams for Saturday’s game, including Bears general manager Ryan Pace. Among the other teams scheduled to send representatives are the Lions, Browns, Titans and Chargers, all of which would own early picks in the 2016 NFL Draft if the season ended today.

Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is No. 1 in the latest CBSSports.com 2016 draft rankings, and Cook is No. 11. Also in the top 32 are Michigan State junior offensive tackle Jack Conklin and five other Ohio State players: Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, senior offensive tackle Taylor Decker, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, junior wide receiver Michael Thomas and redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee.

Asked earlier this week if he anticipates Saturday’s game being the last game in Ohio Stadium for a lot of Ohio State’s juniors, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said, “not a lot, but I would imagine a few.”

Earlier this week NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah polled five anonymous NFL executives about Bosa, and they compared Bosa to Jared Allen, Chris Long and Michael Strahan.

On ESPN Insider, Mel Kiper ranks Ohio State underclassmen Bosa, Eliiott, Lee, Thomas, Eli Apple, Vonn Bell and Pat Elflein among the top 10 prospects at their respective positions.

16 responses to “Ohio State – Michigan State getting plenty of NFL attention

  1. Ohio State should roll them. Michigan St isnt that good.

    If the Browns could somehow land Elliot and Treadwell WR from Ole Miss, that would be a great draft. Browns need playmakers. They have none besides Johnny and Benjamin.

  2. my cleveland browns better get there stuff together scouting these guys
    hoping ray farmer those not have a job by draft day and we get new and better scouts
    we need QB,WR,new LB’s DB’s basically everything

  3. fallguy2006 says:
    Nov 19, 2015 3:52 PM
    Its a shame the Browns need a QB and wont get Bosa.

    Bosa is very good. Browns need playmakers, WR that have size and can catch the ball on offense. They have their QB.

    They need everything lets face it. Their D is a joke. Their WR are a joke. Their OLine is a joke. Their DLine is a joke. Their LBs are avg. Their CBs blow.

  4. bassplucker says:
    Nov 19, 2015 3:49 PM
    I’m just not seeing Connor Cook as the next NFL franchise QB. Maybe I’m the only one

    And what I tell you is that you should follow him more closely. He could be a very good QB for our Bears.

    On another note, I am a bit worried by Conklin. I was at the Maryland game last Saturday and he was easily beaten a couple times. Considering he only gave up 2 sacks in his first two college seasons, it is a matter of concern. But, he has been hampered by injuries this year and maybe that is the reason. This said, that MSU O-Line looks really good and a few of those guys could really become great blockers in the NFL

  5. Ray Farmer will probably skip OSU/MSU this weekend and take in the Buffalo at Akron game instead. Find himself a good special teams player to draft in the 6th round like the idiot that he is…


  6. MSU and OSU are doing something incredibly touching in Saturday’s game. They will be honoring Chad Carr, a young boy suffering terminal cancer.

    Chad Carr has no connection to MSU or OSU. He is the grandson of former Wolverine coach Lloyd Carr.

  7. What does it matter to the Browns? You could give them the top 50 picks and their coaches wouldn’t know what to do with them.

    Pop Warner Pettine and his high school buddies should’ve just stayed in Pennsylvania.

  8. God, that game turned out awful for the Buckeyes! Was Pettine involved, in any way, with that play calling? Even the running game looked like the Browns.

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