Ohio State is like every other high-profile college football program. Every year starters graduate or leave early for the NFL and open up spots for other players. Then big-time recruits sign with the program and fans immediately insert the newest 5-star prospect into their make-believe starting lineup.
It's easy to get caught up in the signing of, say, players like Vonn Bell and Eli Apple. But recruiting ranking stars don't show up on a player's practice jersey, so until spring practice starts, fans are left guessing.
Due to spring break, Ohio State's football team has only practiced twice, on March 5 and 7. The team hasn't practiced in pads since before the Michigan game on November 24.
Because of all of that, this stock report is far from conclusive. But there was enough news out of the first two days of practice to see trends with several players.