Tracking Ohio State Football Players in the 2012 NFL Draft

Luke PashkeCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

Tracking Ohio State Football Players in the 2012 NFL Draft

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    The draft is one of the NFL's biggest days of the year, and it's also a day when many college football fans tune in to see where their favorite team's players end up at the next level.

    Due to the plethora of former Buckeyes in the NFL, Ohio State fans have become accustomed to the excitement that the draft brings. This year, only one Buckeye will likely go in the first round, but there should be several taken on the second day, as well as the third.

    At first, offensive tackle Mike Adams seemed like a lock for a first-round pick, but recent news of a failed drug test and a poor combine outing have put this possibility in jeopardy.

    Unfortunately for Adams, the latest mock drafts have him being taken in the early second round, and as of now, that seems the most likely.

    Besides Adams, former Buckeyes like Mike Brewster, Boom Herron and DeVier Posey are generally projected to be drafted on the third day, maybe even late in the second round.

    One thing's for sure, it will be very interesting to see where each Buckeye ends up when the dust settles.

    If you are unfortunate enough to miss any part of this wonderful event, fear not, because I will be updating this slideshow throughout the weekend to keep you informed. I know, you can thank me later.

Mike Adams, OT, Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Round (No. 56 Overall)

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    Mike Adams showed he could be an NFL quality offensive tackle at Ohio State, but his career was pockmarked by injuries and suspensions. Foot, knee and shoulder issues caused him to miss time in 2008 and 2009, and he was suspended for multiple games for violating team and NCAA rules in 2009 and 2011.

    When he was on the field, Adams' big frame and good feet earned him first-team Big Ten honors in 2010 and second-team honors in 2011. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reported that Adams tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine, but that he might not be hurt too much by it because he has been proactive about dealing with the result.

    Adams' scouting reports make clear the vast distance between his ceiling and his floor.

    Pro Football Weekly:

    Positives:

    Has long arms, big hands and outstanding body length to match up against size — contained Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt (a 2011 first-round pick of the Houston Texans) as a junior.  Can get positioning in the run game and walls off defenders. Sets quickly in pass protection, keeps his shoulders square and can stop a charge. Controlled mover — plays with balance and is patient in pass protection.

    Negatives:

    Plays too upright and struggles with quickness. Does not strike with power and tends to plod. Not agile at the second level. Too inconsistent. Struggled to handle the power of Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2011 first-rounder Adrian Clayborn and tenacity of Washington Redskins 2011 first-rounder Ryan Kerrigan as a junior. Has battled injuries throughout career. Very spotty play history. Soft-tempered. Came off as very immature and low-burn in the interview process. Questionable mental toughness. Has been pampered and is not wired with a trench mentality. Not passionate about the game. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 19 times at the Combine and body does not look NFL-conditioned. Too easily distracted and has multiple off-field issues that already have eliminated him from consideration on some NFL draft boards. 

    Summary:

    Generated a buzz at the Senior Bowl because of his giant stature and ability to match up well in pass protection. However, he lacks the mental makeup, toughness and consistency desired on the front lines and has clear bust potential. 

    NFL.com:

    STRENGTHS

    Adams has a good frame and good enough footwork to not get beat at the college level. He employs a decent pass set to get back and anchor himself against the bull rush, and has the footwork to shuffle and keep his feet chopping when blocking to drive a man downfield in the run game. His big-game experience playing at Ohio State helps his value.

    WEAKNESSES

    Adams is not a very exciting player and can struggle at times with effort-based issues that don't allow him to get much movement on the line when run-blocking. He is more of a catch-and-react blocker than one who delivers blows, and will need to play with more fire and look to unleash his inner-athleticism to be able to succeed at the next level. Those suspensions and injuries will also eat away at his draft stock.

    Mike Adams is probably not ready for the NFL's speed rushers, or the pass-rushers that can keep him off-balance with a variety of moves and strategies. He'll need to be more consistent, intense and durable to break into the starting lineup.

    He could be a very good starting tackle for a long time if he works on those issues. Players with his natural size and movement skills are rare, and he'll get a few chances to fail before a team gives up on him.

    Pick Analysis

    There's a reason the Steelers are a perennial contender, and it's making prudent choices like this in the draft. Coupled with the first-round selection of David DeCastro, the Steelers now have a young, fortified front to protect Big Ben.

Devier Posey, WR, Drafted by the Houston Texas, 3rd Round (No. 68 Overall)

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    DeVier Posey is not exactly an elite receiver who can be compared to Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffery. However, he does have the ability to make an impact in the future. 

    Posey was one of four players suspended by Ohio State in the beginning of the college football season for accepting improper benefits after selling championship and general game memorabilia. You may also remember his participation in the college football skills competition with players like Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, Michael Floyd and Dont'a Hightower. 

    CBS Sports believed Posey could have been a first-round pick if he had played out the whole year. He has good size and downfield playmaking ability, which can help him become a very good receiver.

    Posey only played in the Buckeyes' last three games of the season and averaged four receptions per game, along with two scores (one against Michigan, and one against Florida). He made his presence known when he was reinstated to the team by grabbing four balls for 66 yards against Penn State, three for 58 yards and a touchdown against Michigan, and five for 38 yards against Florida.

    CBS Sports outlines Posey's positives and negatives: 

    Positives: Good quickness off the line. Has size and quickness to get off NFL press. Generally reliable receiver capable of making difficult catches in traffic over the middle or one on one down the sideline. Adjusts to poor throws in any direction. Finds his way through traffic on crossing routes. Comes back to the ball to help his scrambling quarterback. Gives effort as a blocker on run plays.

    Negatives: Inconsistent high-pointing passes. Allows too many throws into his body when facing the quarterback. Does not own elite speed. Freezes at times when trying to juke defenders in space. Walls off his man as a blocker, allowing them to shed and make the play outside.

    NFL.com sees Posey's strengths and weaknesses as follows:

    Strengths: Posey can struggle off the line but understands, for the most part, how to stem his routes to set up a defender and then use his suddenness to change directions. He can burst and stick his foot in the ground at the top of routes to gain separation. Except when going across the middle and facing a big hit, he is superb at adjusting his body once the ball is thrown to secure the catch. He is effective after the catch with the ball in his hands and can make a small move to get up field. He is a very polished as a route runner and overall receiver.

    Weaknesses: Posey will get caught peeking at incoming safeties when going across the middle. He shows toughness when blocking, but not here. He sometimes will seem uninvolved in the physical aspect of the game or when the ball and play are not coming toward him.

    Posey was able to run a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He also had 14 reps on the bench, a 36.5" vertical, a 123" broad jump, a 7.03-second 3-cone drill, and a 4.15-second 20-yard shuttle.

    Pick Analysis: 

    The Texans have been desperately looking for a receiving option opposite Andre Johnson and hope they've found that in Posey. There are certainly some big question marks surrounding the former Buckeye, but he has the talent to be a significant contributor in year one.

Dan Herron, RB, Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, 6th Round (No. 191 Overall)

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    Dan Herron is a 5’10”, 213-pound running back from Ohio State University. He had a big junior season in 2010, but didn’t have the chance to replicate it in 2011 thanks to a five-game suspension. The half-season numbers he did pile up were still impressive, kindling hope that Herron could be a successful NFL back.

    Scouts generally consider Herron a power-back type thanks to good straight-line speed and patience, but say he lacks the ability to move piles at the NFL level. He does make good, quick decisions and has fast feet.

    He’s tough to tackle because of his low center of gravity, but he isn’t a good blocker in pass or run situations, limiting his usefulness in an NFL system that requires more than just the ability to carry the ball.

    CBSSports.com considers him the 17th-best running back in this year’s class. 

    I’d expect Herron to be able to step in as a rookie as a tandem back. He doesn’t seem to have the skills yet to be a full-time feature back and there’s doubt as to whether he could develop that, given his weaknesses. As a rookie, he’ll be most valuable as a secondary back that can come in for relief.

    Herron's work in college seems to lend itself to his being able to turn into a successful back in the NFL, but I'm not sure he'll ever be able to take a team on his own shoulders without a supporting backfield cast.

    With the offseason signing of BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Bengals have a bulked up backfield.  Dan Herron adds a power-type back to Cincinnati's offense.

Nate Ebner, S, Drafted by the New England Patriots, 6th Round (No. 197 Overall)

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    Nate Ebner was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. More information will be forthcoming.