The NFL Combine gets underway in earnest today, and before all is said and done, 14 former Buckeye football players will have made their case to the scouts and general managers in Indianapolis.
Of that group, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock expects one to really stand out.
“A guy that I think has gained a lot of steam over the last month is Darron Lee,” he said. “He’s kind of a weak outside linebacker. He’s probably going to run in the 4-4s and everybody is going to get all excited about Darron Lee.”
But Lee isn’t the only one Mayock sees as capable of big things.
He described Buckeye tight end Nick Vannett as one of the four best at his position and probably “a better receiver than people think.”
Mayock predicted Ezekiel Elliott would be the only running back taken in the first round.
And regarding Braxton Miller?
“I love his tape, I love what I saw at the Senior Bowl. I really like everything about this kid.”
Although he pointed out that Miller could stand to work on his route running, “I think his skill set is awesome. He’s probably going to run 4.4, he’s quick, he’s fast, he’s tough, he’s really competitive, so I just think it’s just a developmental timeline for him to be productive, and I think he’s going to go in the second round.”
On the other hand, Mayock admitted to being “stunned” that Jalin Marshall left Ohio State early to enter the NFL Draft. Plus, he described former Buckeye quarterback Cardale Jones as a player who “scares” him.
“Really talented, big arm, big-body,” said Mayock, “but the tape is really bad.”
On balance, Ohio State players received positive reviews. Maybe not as glowing, though, as the scouting report Mayock provided on a quarterback the Cleveland Browns could target with the second overall pick.
Listen to the audio below to hear Mayock’s thoughts on Carson Wentz of North Dakota State.