At Ohio State, most position battles are won or lost in the spring, when the coaches have the time to really evaluate the roster and identify their playmakers.
With spring practice in the books, Urban Meyer's Buckeyes are starting to take shape.
While a number of starting spots remain open as the Buckeyes work to replace 10 starters, the top contenders have been identified. Safety Tyvis Powell emerged as a contributor, and he knows where he stands going into summer conditioning, according to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer:
The way they treat it here, spring is the opportunity to go earn a position. When summer camp comes around, they pretty much got who they want in. There aren't too many changes made, so what you see right now is kind of what it is going to be.
Of course, there are exceptions. Last year, Joey Bosa and Dontre Wilson arrived in the fall and earned a spot in Ohio State's two-deep rotation as true freshmen.
But the depth chart's foundation is set in the spring. Here's a detailed look at each position group after spring practice.