This is a series where we are going to spotlight some NCAA prospects from some of the big teams to highlight potential players to draft on your Dynasty Teams come Spring of 2022 and some guys to keep an eye on for your Devy teams or your Dynasty Teams a few years out from now. The first up: Ohio State Buckeyes.
Garrett Wilson – Wide Receiver – Junior:
Wilson stands at 6-0, 193 pounds. He posted a 30.9 percent College Dominator Rating (54th percentile) and a Breakout Age of 20.1 (59th percentile). In mock drafts, he is projected to go in the first half of the first round and could be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft. Last year he caught 43 passes for 723 yards and six touchdowns in eight games played.
Chris Olave – Wide Receiver – Senior:
Olave is 6-1 and weighs 188 pounds. He put up a 31.7 percent College Dominator Rating (57th percentile) and has a Breakout Age of 19.2 (85th percentile). In mock drafts, he is projected to go in the second half of the first round in the 2022 draft. When comparing to Wilson, Olave does not have the workout attributes of Wilson, however, his production profile such as dominator rating and breakout age is better than Wilson’s. Olave led the team in receptions with 50 for 729 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games played. It was surprising to see him forgo the NFL Draft in 2021 and come back for a Senior season.
Jeremy Ruckert – Tight End – Senior:
Ruckert is 6-5 and weighs 253 pounds. He had a 16.7 percent College Dominator Rating (48th percentile) and a Breakout Age of 20.1 (78th percentile). Had 13 catches for 151 yards and five touchdowns in five games played. Was not a major part of the offense in years past but has an athletic profile that NFL teams are interested in. Although he decided to come back for his senior season, at the moment he is expected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. I would like to see Ruckert produce more from a receiving standpoint, however, when a quarterback was Wilson and Olave, you don’t need much else at the college level. I am speculating that they will want Ruckert to be more of a pass blocker than a receiver this year but we will exactly how they plan to use him. He has similar height, weight, and speed to Pat Freiermuth (6-5, 251 pounds and a 4.77 40 Yard Dash) and could be an interesting late-round dart throw in Dynasty Rookie Drafts depending on how this season goes and where he gets drafted.
Master Teague – Running Back – Junior (Redshirt):
Teague is 5-11, weighs 220 pounds with a BMI of 30.7 (62nd percentile). In 2020 was second in rush attempts for the Buckeyes behind Trey Sermon with 104 carries for 514 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games. Teague will not be the featured back and the team is expected to split carries between him and Miyan Williams and TreVeyon Williams. He tore his Achilles in spring practice in 2020 and ended up having a productive season that fall. His name was coming up more than a year ago than it is now in Devy and C2C drafts hence the inclusion here. At the moment, he isn’t someone that will end up on any of my dynasty rosters in rookie drafts in 2022 as he is unlikely to be drafted. I will be interested in seeing how his season goes and what happens to his draft stock as a result.
Quinn Ewers – Quarterback – Freshmen:
6-3, 206 pounds, and the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class according to 247sports.com. Originally was to be in the 2022 class. He had the opportunity to forgo his senior season and reclassify after he was presented with a NIL deal that is worth $1.4 million at Ohio State. Scouting reports say he is mobile and can throw on the run. He won’t be starting to start the season but the upside is there. I imagine he is the starter in 2022. If Ewers wins the starting job within the next year, don’t be surprised to see some quarterbacks transfer as the quarterback room at Ohio State is loaded. In a Superflex league, I am definitely interested in rostering Ewers on my devy team.
TreVeyon Henderson – Running Back – Freshmen:
5-11, 195 pounds and was the top-rated running back in the 2021 recruiting class according to 247sports.com. With Teague and Williams coming back and having experience, I would expect Henderson to be the third running back in the rotation early in the season. With his talent profile, I will be looking to see if as the season goes on whether Henderson gains a larger share of touches in the backfield.
C.J. Stroud – Quarterback – Freshmen (Redshirt):
C.J. Stroud was the No. 4 quarterback prospect coming out of the 2020 high school class according to 247sports.com. He is considered a pocket-passer. I expected Stroud all summer to be the starting quarterback this season and he was named the starter just a few days ago on August 21st. This gives me some pause for concern that the quarterbacks behind him aren’t that far behind him right now.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Wide Receiver – Sophomore:
6-0, 196 pounds, and is expected to be the slot receiver when Ohio State is in three-receiver sets. Last year played a little bit and had 10 catches for 49 yards and 1 touchdown. Was the No. 5 wide receiver prospect in the 2020 recruiting class. I am interested in seeing what his College Dominator is this season, and whether he will breakout this season given the two other receivers he will be on the field with are bona fide NFL prospects.
Julian Fleming – Wide Receiver – Sophomore:
6-2, 205 pounds, and was the No. 1 Wide Receiver and No. 3 Overall High School recruit in the 2020 class according to 247sports.com. In 2020, he caught seven passes for 74 yards. He is expected to back up Chris Olave. Expected to be a future first-round NFL draft pick.
Emeka Egbuka – Wide Receiver – Freshmen:
6-1, 190 pounds, and was the No. 1 Wide Receiver in the 2021 recruiting class according to 247sports.com. He is expected to back up Smith-Njigba in the slot. Similar to the other wide receivers on this list, he is expected to be a future first-round NFL draft pick.
Marvin Harrison Jr. – Wide Reciever – Freshmen:
6-3, 190 pounds. Was a four-star prospect according to 247sports.com. He is known for great route running, however does not have the speed of some of the other prospects above. He is going to back up Garrett Wilson this season. Projects to be a Day 2 or Day 3 pick in the NFL draft in the future.
Kyle McCord – Quarterback – Freshmen:
6-3, 215 pounds. Was the No. 6 quarterback recruit in the 2021 recruiting class according to 247sports.com. Was the winner of the pro day competition at Elite 11 in June of 2020. Right now he projects as a Day 2 pick in the future. The concern here from a devy perspective is Ewers. I would imagine Ewers is the starting quarterback at Ohio State by next year. If so, what will that mean for McCord? It’s hard for me to imagine Stroud, McCord, and Ewers all being Buckeyes in 2022.
Miyan Williams – Running Back – Freshmen (Redshirt)
5-8, 225 pounds. Was the No. 27 running back recruit in 2020 according to 247sports.com. Had originally committed to Iowa State but switched to Ohio State during the recruitment process. Coming out of high school, he was listed at 210 pounds and ran a 4.74 40 yard dash. Out of others in the running back room, he doesn’t have the athletic profile of a TreVeyon Williams but is expected to get significant playing time this season. He has added 15 pounds to his frame from his high school days and continues to develop.
The wide receiver room in Columbus is stacked. Any of the top six guys listed would be STUDS at almost any other University. It’s kind of insane to think the No. 1 Wide Receiver recruit in 2020 and the No. 1 Wide Receiver recruit in 2021 would BOTH be backups in 2022. This depth at the position makes me wonder how Breakout Age will affect Fleming, Egbuka, and Harrision Jr. When these three inevitably get drafted, and we are analyzing their Breakout Age, we are going to have to remember the context in which these three gentlemen arrived on campus, otherwise, they may stand out as red flags in our analysis.
I am also fascinated by what to make of the quarterback situation. I had assumed Stroud would be the quarterback all offseason but it sounds like it was a close competition. When someone like an Ewers, the top prospect in the country, comes to campus early, gets a seven-figure NIL deal, it makes me wonder what the situation looks like six months from now.
One thing is certain. With five potential first-round wide receivers on the roster, whether Ohio State is up or down this year, they are going to be a team with prospects to watch and scout in preparation for our devy and dynasty rookie drafts. When Fleming, Egbuka, and Harrison Jr., declare for the draft, we need to not discount a potential older breakout age and examine the context for which they were freshmen.