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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Ohio State

Below are Charlie Campbell's writeups from his position prospect rankings, but this time by school. If they were at the NFL Scouting Combine, their results are here as well.



  1. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 196.
    40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-3.

    4/27/15: Smith only picked up 32 receptions in 2014, but was a home-run hitter with 12 touchdowns and 886 yards. That's an average of 27 yards per catch. For the NFL, Smith looks like a dangerous deep-threat receiver who can take the top off a defense. He is a late riser who could end up being a late first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Smith had a solid performance at the Senior Bowl and ran well at the Combine. In Mobile, Smith was trying to show NFL evaluators that he can run underneath routes as well as vertical ones.

    Route-running and adding other receiving elements to his game is the biggest question mark for Smith, but sources say that Smith was showing well in that regard during his redraft workouts.

    Smith made 44 catches for 660 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. As a sophomore, he had 30 receptions for 618 yards and six scores. His freshman season saw him chip in 14 for 294 and four touchdowns.


    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.42
    Unoff. 40
    4.42
    10-Yd
    1.56
    Vertical
    39
    Broad
    10-2
    Hand
    9



  2. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 293.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.09.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    4/25/15: There is some buzz that Bennett could go late in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Interior pass-rushers are in demand, and Bennett could be a nice impact player quickly.

    Bennett recorded 41 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three passes broken up and three forced fumbles in 2014. He had impressive games against Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Alabama. Bennett is a fast gap-shooter who can cause disruption in the backfield, but he also can get pummelled in the ground game. After a slow start to the season, Bennett was on fire to close out the year with some dominant games that showcased his speed to make splash plays in the backfield.

    Injuries kept Bennett from working out at the Combine.

    8/23/14: Ohio State's defense had some ugly games in 2013, but Bennett was one of the bright spots. He totaled 42 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and three forced fumbles for the year. Bennett is a quick and athletic interior pass-rusher. He had one sack and three sacks in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

    Personal: Son of Connie and Mike Bennett.







  3. Doran Grant, CB/S, Ohio State
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 199.
    40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-4.

    4/25/15: Grant notched 51 tackles with five interceptions in 2014. He was a steady corner for the Buckeyes throughout the year and was reliable in pass coverage. Grant has press-man experience and also looks like he could play off-man or zone coverage.

    Grant had a strong showing at the Combine as he ran fast and looked good in the field drills. Grant also did well in the bench press (21 reps). He could play corner or free safety in the NFL.

    8/27/14: In 2013, Grant broke into the starting lineup and contributed for Ohio State. He had 58 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up. Grant was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer. He had some strong games for the Buckeyes, but needs to become more consistent as he had some rough moments as well. In 2012 and 2011, he was a backup.

    Personal: Son of Tonya Grant and Ted Jones. Majoring in criminology.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    4.44
    Unoff. 40
    4.44
    10-Yd
    1.55
    Vertical
    33
    Broad
    9-8
    Arm
    30 1/4
    Bench
    21



  4. Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 253.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    4/27/15: Heuerman totaled 17 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Ohio State didn't use him up to his abilities. Heuerman had a solid year as a blocker and didn't go to the Senior Bowl due to injuries. He also was unable to work out at the Combine.

    8/27/14: Heuerman hasn't been used much as a receiver as he probably should have been and is primarily a blocking tight end for the Buckeyes. The junior had 26 receptions or 466 yards with four touchdowns in 2013. He had only eight catches for 94 yards and a score in 2012. Heuerman should get more opportunities as a senior, but the Buckeyes will probably lean on their ground game as they break in a new quarterback.

    Personal: Son of Melissa and Paul Heuerman. Younger brother Mike is a freshman tight end at Notre Dame.
    NFL
    Combine
    Off. 40
    DNP
    Unoff. 40
    DNP
    10-Yd
    DNP
    Vertical
    DNP
    Hand
    10 1/8
    Arm
    33 1/4
    Bench
    26







  5. Noah Spence*, DE, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 252.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    1/31/15: Spence has stated that he is going to the NFL despite being suspended for all of 2014. He would be extremely lucky to get drafted.

    8/23/13: Spence has speed off the edge with some natural strength. He played well for Ohio State in 2013 and could become a dominant player as an upperclassmen. For the season, Spence collected 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, one forced fumble and two passes broken up. However to end the season, he was suspended for three games, including the Orange Bowl against Clemson as he reportedly violated a conference rule. Thus, Spence will be out the first two games of the 2014 season.

    Spence is going to need to gain weight if he's going to remain at defensive end in the NFL. He could be a good candidate to move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

    Personal: Son of Helen and Greg Spence. Spence is an academic All-Big Ten honoree and an Ohio State scholar athlete.







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