Ohio State Pre-Spring Projected Depth Chart

Ohio State Pre-Spring Projected Depth Chart

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Ohio State Pre-Spring Projected Depth Chart


Yeah, it’s way too early to know for sure, and yeah, this could all change as spring give way to summer, gives way to fall. But now that all the NFL declarations and graduations are out of the way, and all the recruits are in the fold, here’s an early look at projecting what the two-deep depth chart will be for 2018.


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Pre-Spring Depth Chart

This is always a little tricky trying to pick out a two deep depth chart when snow is still flying in the Midwest, but alas, that will eventually give way to sleet, rain, and perhaps sunshine depending on the mood of mother nature in many parts of the country.

Here’s the best guess, right now, before all the development and surprises that could emerge once all the freshman and coaching enter the fray.

Quarterback

Nov 18, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks for an open receiver in the fourth quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

1. DWayne Haskins, Jr.
2. Tate Martell

Those outside the Milky Way Galaxy will even be watching this battle with the departure of J.T. Barrett, and for good reason. Urban Meyer’s offense has always been one where the quarterback is a focus.

The call here is for Haskins to win the starting job. He’s already shown he is more than capable with a fantastic second half performance in the Big House last year, and he brings a big, accurate arm that has been somewhat missing in the program since Cardale Jones took was slinging it down the field.

Joe Burrow was right there with Haskins, but a broken bone in his hand kept him out of the mix for a while. He’ll be in the competition when everything is up for grabs, but …

Don’t sleep on Tate Martell. He was the Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year coming out of high school in 2017. He may have been mostly relegated to scout team quarterback last year, but he’s drawn rave reviews with his moxie and ability to keep plays alive in practice. And we all know how Urban Meyer loves a QB that can use his legs. It’s like a blanket and a warm glass of milk.

Running Back

1. J.K. Dobbins
2. Mike Weber

It’s a close call here, and they’ll probably be listed as co-starters again like last year, but Dobbins has shown more break-away ability and should get more snaps in more crucial situations.

That’s not to say Weber won’t get his fair share — especially in short yardage situations — but Ohio State is just a wee-bit better when No. 2 is keeping defenses honest. Either way, both have star potential, and there’s no reason to have confidence in both.

Look for the coaching staff to maybe throw in a wrinkle and find a way to get them both on the field at the same time in 2018.

Slot/H-Back

1. Parris cambpell
2. K.J. Hill

They’ll both get plenty of touches and both make some electric plays. When one is tired, the other will come in, and vice versa.

Wide Receiver

1. austin mack
2. binjimen victor

1. Terry Mclaurin
2. Johnnie dixon

Surprisingly, none of the wide receivers eligible for the NFL draft decided to forego their senior seasons. So, for perhaps the first time in the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State, the pass-catchers seem to be a solid unit with little change, and could be a handful for opposing defenses.

It won’t really matter who’s starting and who’s coming in as the equivalent to the second-line in the NHL, because they’ll all get almost equal playing time just like last year.

If you want to look though for one among this group to break-out, keep an eye on Victor who has all the size and talent you’d want down near the goal line.

Tight End

1. Rashod Berry
2. Jeremy ruckert

Watch out for the emergence of the incoming freshman Ruckert in the fall. He was arguably the most talented tight end in the 2018 class and could push the only real returning experience at the position.

Center

1. Brady Taylor
2. Matthew Burrell

Left Guard

1. Michael Jordan
2. wyatt davis

Right Guard

1. Demetrius knox
2. malcolm pridgeon

Left Tackle

1. Brandon Bowen
2. joshua alabi

Look for the coaches to move Bowen from right guard to left tackle where experience is needed.

Right Tackle

1. Isaiah prince
2. Thayer munford

Defensive End

1. Nick Bosa
2. tyreke smith

1. Chase Young
2. Jonathon cooper

You can basically mix and match this bunch, but  Bosa will likely get more snaps than any of the others. It’ll go deeper than this too, but these are the four that will get the Lion’s share. And they’ll be a force once again.

Defensive Tackle

1. Dre’mont jones
2. jashon cornell

1. robert landers
2. haskell garrett

Strong Side Linebacker

1. malik harrison
2. Dante booker

Middle Linebacker

1. Tuf Borland
2. justin hilliard

Weak Side Linebacker

1. keandre jones
2. baron browning

Cornerback

1. kendall sheffield
2. shaun wade

1. damon arnette
2. jeffrey okudah

Look for Arnette and Okudah to be used interchangeably. Like other positions, they too could even be listed as co-starters. Barring injury, they’ll both get plenty of time as will all four in the rotation.

Safety

1. Jordan Fuller
2. Brendon white

Safety

1. Isaiah Pryor
2. josh proctor

Punter

1. Drue chrisman
2. jake metzer

Kicker

1. Sean nuernberger
2. blake haubeil

 

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