While, yes, the 2014 NFL Draft just took place over a month ago, as soon as the event is over every year the attention immediately turns to the next edition. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has already been hard at work breaking down the class for next year, and two Buckeyes made the list.
Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller made the cut as the third-rated senior quarterback in the class behind Oregon State’s Sean Mannion and Baylor’s Bryce Petty.
This upcoming season will be huge for Miller as he prepares for a potential career in the NFL. With Urban Meyer already admitting that he wants to throw the ball down the field more, the four-year starter should have the chance to showcase his arm skills for the scouts doing the evaluations. While his legs are impressive, we all know what the brass in the NFL ultimately looks for.
Senior Michael Bennett took things a step further than Miller as he was rated at the very top of the defensive end prospect list. Bennett is coming off the best season of his career in 2013 where he registered 42 tackles including 11.5 for loss and seven sacks. Right now, Bennett is considered the unquestioned leader of the Buckeyes’ defense.
Both of these young men are integral pieces for the Buckeyes in making a run toward that national championship this year that narrowly eluded them last year. However, they also have their professional futures to look forward to which according to Kiper are both very bright.