Off-Season Football Update

By Ron Brohm - For Civitas Media

Wow, for not being football season there sure is a lot of football stuff going on in the Buckeye State right now. With the Buckeyes spring game, Browns NFL draft, Bengals NFL draft, Buckeyes being drafted in NFL, and Ohio State’s recruiting efforts, it’s been non-stop football this spring.

Now that the dust has settled, let’s dig into the gridiron bliss.

Buckeyes Spring Game Analysis

Looks like the passing game is back as the Scarlet defeated the Gray 38-31 in the 2017 spring game with over 82,000 fans in attendance. Quarterback J.T. Barrett looks primed for a great season and back-up quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins both threw for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns each.

Browns NFL Draft Review

With a lot of wheeling and dealing the Browns may have won the draft this year. By landing great picks like Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers and Miami tight end David Njoku it’s hard to argue that they did not hit a home run in this draft. Let’s just hope it coverts to some victories in the fall.

Bengals NFL Draft Wrap-Up

The Bengals addressed many needs and drafted a whopping 11 players taking Washington star wide receiver John Ross 9th in the first round and Oklahoma standout running back Joe Mixon at 48th. They also drafted two great defensive ends, Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson. This was a very productive draft for the Bengals which should hopefully yield great dividends in the near future.

Buckeyes NFL Draft Report

Overall, seven Ohio State football players were taken in the 2017 NFL draft with three going in the first round. Cornerback Marshawn Lattimore went to the New Orleans Saints as the overall 11th player selected, safety Malik Hooker was taken15th by the Indianapolis Colts and Garion Conley was selected 24th by the Oakland Raiders.

Buckeyes 2017 Recruiting Class Analytics

It was an historic recruiting class for the Buckeyes with Urban Meyer signing 21 prospects, a record breaking five 5-star recruits, thirteen 4-star recruits and having the highest composite average of any recruiting class in modern-day college football history at 94.47.

By Ron Brohm

For Civitas Media

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.

Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.