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Jack Mewhort Showcasing Versatility and Dedication During the NFL Draft Process

Dating back to high school, Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort has played every position on the offensive line. That kind of versatility is a rarity among top NFL draft prospects. Currently rated ninth as an offensive tackle by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller (77th overall), Mewhort is coming off of a stellar Big Ten career, and is projected by most into the NFL as a right tackle prospect. However, Mewhort credits his versatility and love of the game and is willing to play wherever the team that selects him in May needs him the most—even center, where he was a high school All-American. At Ohio State, it’s hard not to love the game, as Urban Meyer has turned around a program that was barely headed in any sort of the wrong direction under former head coach Jim Tressel. It was just a momentary blip in the radar between the two coaches, and Mewhort credits both men (along with his parents and sister, “family first”) with helping him become who he is today. “Under Coach Meyer, everything you did was competing. He charted everything. If you were slacking in practice, it was up there on a board somewhere. Then, under Coach Tressel, we did this thing called quiet time and he’d talk to us every day. I remember, ‘You are who you hang with.’ The people you surround yourself with define you.” For the past four seasons, however, Mewhort has been defined as a “Buckeye,” and that has meant a burning hatred—or, at worst, a competitive…

Jack Mewhort Showcasing Versatility and Dedication During the NFL Draft Process

Dating back to high school, Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort has played every position on the offensive line. That kind of versatility is a rarity among top NFL draft prospects. Currently rated ninth as an offensive tackle by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller (77th overall), Mewhort is coming off of a stellar Big Ten career, and is projected by most into the NFL as a right tackle prospect. However, Mewhort credits his versatility and love of the game and is willing to play wherever the team that selects him in May needs him the most—even center, where he was a high school All-American. At Ohio State, it’s hard not to love the game, as Urban Meyer has turned around a program that was barely headed in any sort of the wrong direction under former head coach Jim Tressel. It was just a momentary blip in the radar between the two coaches, and Mewhort credits both men (along with his parents and sister, “family first”) with helping him become who he is today. “Under Coach Meyer, everything you did was competing. He charted everything. If you were slacking in practice, it was up there on a board somewhere. Then, under Coach Tressel, we did this thing called quiet time and he’d talk to us every day. I remember, ‘You are who you hang with.’ The people you surround yourself with define you.” For the past four seasons, however, Mewhort has been defined as a “Buckeye,” and that has meant a burning hatred—or, at worst, a competitive…

Should Ryan Shazier’s Hamstring Injuries Factor into His NFL Draft Stock?

Currently suffering from a hamstring injury, former Ohio State University linebacker Ryan Shazier doesn’t exactly carry with him the flashiest of diagnoses heading into the NFL draft. After all, it’s just a hammy. Right? Well, perhaps. News of Shazier’s injury first surfaced during the NFL Scouting Combine when, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Doug Lesmerises, it prevented the linebacker from running the 40-yard dash. Lesmerises notes that Shazier returned to run at Ohio State’s pro day on March 7. He posted a blazing time of 4.36 or 4.37 seconds, but he pulled up afterward with an apparent re-injury: Ryan Shazier came up limping just after finishing his 40 at Ohio State’s Pro Day on Friday, but only after doing what he needed to do. Shazier pulled his hamstring, after not running the 40 at the NFL Combine because of a tweaked hamstring. Unfortunately, when it comes to the NFL draft, even an injury as benign as a pulled hammy merits attention. Just look at the evidence. In 2012, Grant Freckleton and Tania Pizzari published a systematic review of medical literature in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in hopes of answering one question: What places athletes at risk of hamstring injuries? To investigate, Freckleton and Pizzari compiled data from 34 different manuscripts, and a few major trends became apparent. For one, numerous athlete-specific factors—such as body-mass index (BMI), height and running speed—did not appear…

Predicting Former Ohio State Players’ 2014 NFL Combine Performance

Ohio State trails only USC for the number of first-round draft picks it has produced, but the Buckeyes could cover some ground in 2014 when they send six alumni to Indianapolis for the NFL combine. Of those six players, three (Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde) have a realistic shot of getting their names called on opening night of the draft. In order for that to happen, though, they’ll need to put together outstanding performances this weekend. What kinds of numbers will these former Buckeyes put up at the NFL Scouting Combine? Begin Slideshow

Predicting Former Ohio State Players’ 2014 NFL Combine Performance

Ohio State trails only USC for the number of first-round draft picks it has produced, but the Buckeyes could cover some ground in 2014 when they send six alumni to Indianapolis for the NFL combine. Of those six players, three (Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby and Carlos Hyde) have a realistic shot of getting their names called on opening night of the draft. In order for that to happen, though, they’ll need to put together outstanding performances this weekend. What kinds of numbers will these former Buckeyes put up at the NFL Scouting Combine? Begin Slideshow

Vrabel leaves Ohio State to be Texans assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Third-year Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is jumping back to the NFL to rejoin new Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien.

QB Braxton Miller says he’ll return to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller is coming back for his senior season. Miller announced Thursday night through the university he will return.

Ohio State LB Shazier giving up senior season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to give up his senior season to make himself available for the NFL draft.

Ryan Shazier to NFL draft, Braxton Miller to return to Ohio State Buckeyes

Updated: January 4, 2014, 7:00 PM ET By Austin Ward | ESPN.com COLUMBUS, Ohio — The career of Ohio State’s top defensive player is apparently finished, but it looks as if the team will have one more year with its record-setting quarterback. According to a report by SI.com, which cited a source, the Buckeyes will lose junior linebacker Ryan Shazier to the NFL one year early after the playmaker led the team in tackles for each of the last two seasons. But two-time defending Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller will be back with the program for his senior season, giving him a chance to become the only player ever to win that award three times and potentially boost his stock as a professional passer. An Ohio State spokesman told ESPN.com that he wasn’t aware of any decision yet for either player. Both juniors had put off making a decision until after the Discover Orange Bowl, which the Buckeyes lost 40-35 on Friday night with an interception by Miller ending any hopes of a late comeback. Miller struggled with his accuracy late in the season, but he had left the door open for skipping his final year of eligibility and pronounced himself ready for the next level during interviews leading up to the matchup against Clemson. “Oh yeah, of course, definitely,” Miller said last month. “Just like I came from high school, coaches are going to get you prepared, get you mentally ready for everything that you need to get ready for. That’s the next step in life.” Miller reportedly won’t be making that jump just yet, but Shazier appears set to move on and capitalize on his high draft stock after a pair of wildly productive seasons at outside linebacker for the Buckeyes. Shazier had a Big Ten-best 134 tackles heading into the Orange Bowl, and his 22.5 tackles for loss were 5.5 more than anybody else in the conference. He had indicated during bowl practices that he was leaning toward returning to school for another year, but there might not be much else for him to prove with the Buckeyes. “I’m just going to talk it over with my family and the coaches and just try to get the best analysis that I can,” Shazier said last month.

Clemson DE Beasley might be headed to NFL

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Clemson junior defensive end Vic Beasley might have tipped his hand regarding his NFL plans following Friday night’s 40-35 victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.”It’s a great achievement, being able to put on a good show and leave Clemson University on a good note,” Beasley said.When asked if the comment meant he had decided to turn pro, Beasley said no. But when asked if his remark should be taken as a clue, he couldn’t resist a sheepish grin.Beasley had a sack and four tackles for losses against the Buckeyes. He led Clemson this season with 13 sacks.Two Tigers receivers who might skip their senior season in 2014 to turn pro were noncommittal about their plans. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant said they remained undecided.”I’m definitely going to sit down and talk to the coaches and my parents when I head back to Clemson,” Watkins said.”It will be a short conversation,” coach Dabo Swinney responded with a laugh.Watkins had an Orange Bowl-record 227 yards receiving on 16 catches and scored twice. Bryant also had two touchdown receptions.Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller said he was also undecided about whether to turn pro, and would look to coach Urban Meyer for guidance.”I have to sit down with Coach Meyer and just think it out throughout the whole process with how it goes. I don’t want to make a decision that I really didn’t do my research on,” Miller said.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballClemson University

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