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Top Players: Michael Bennett, Noah Spence, Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington
Question Marks: Steve Miller
Why They're Ranked Here
Ohio State's defensive line is loaded with NFL talent.
Senior Michael Bennett, the run-stuffing defensive tackle, anchors the unit from the interior. His speed and pass-rushing ability sets him apart, though, and that's why he's projected by CBS Sports as a top-10 pick in next year's NFL draft.
Adolphus Washington will join Bennett on the inside, and Tommy Schutt and Chris Carter give the Buckeyes incredible depth.
On the edges, Joey Bosa and Noah Spence will terrorize Big Ten quarterbacks this year, much like they did last year. The two combined for 28 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks last season—which are impressive numbers considering Bosa didn't start until midway through the year.
The Buckeyes will have to play without Spence for the first two games of the year. The star junior is finishing up a three-game suspension handed down by the Big Ten last January for using an "unapproved dietary supplement."
Urban Meyer was hoping to lean on Jamal Marcus in Spence's absence, much like the Buckeyes did against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Marcus, however, was dismissed from Ohio State in May for a violation of team rules. Meyer will need Steve Miller to play big minutes for Ohio State until Spence returns.
Fortunately for the Buckeyes, there's so much depth that Spence and Marcus' absence won't be a crushing blow.
All recruiting information via 247Sports. Unless otherwise noted, all stats via NCAA.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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