Cleveland Browns: NFL Draft Prospects in the Orange Bowl
Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) pumps up the crowd prior to the 2013 Big 10 Championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns search for a head coach has caused the NFL Draft to take a slight backseat, but many Browns fans are also Ohio State Buckeyes fans. As a result, there is an inevitable mesh point where fans of both teams want the Browns to take their Buckeye heroes and win with them in the NFL.
The other inevitability with this situation is that fans are far higher on their own players than anyone else is. Part of this is a matter that most fans of the Browns and Buckeyes are not able to see all of the other players in the country, so they see these guys play well and want them. The other part is they tend to be overly high on a player or overly low on a player because of their opinion of them and how they win games for their team.
The worst example of this in recent history was Troy Smith, the Heisman winning quarterback for the Buckeyes who set a record for margin of victory in winning the trophy. As a result, Browns fans wanted to take Smith as high as the second or even first round. The Buckeyes do have talent as do the Clemson Tigers, their opponent in this game. The early returns have Buckeye fans overrating Carlos Hyde, who is a talented running back but some have suggested as high as the fourth pick of draft. With all due respect to Hyde, that is insanity. Nevertheless, here are the players to keep an eye on in this game and the scouting reports for those that are available.
*’s indicate underclassmen and Bradley Roby is not expected to play due to injury, but he had already declared.
- Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson
- Brandon Thompson, OT Clemson
- Carlos Hyde, RB Ohio State
- Jack Mewhort, OT Ohio State
- Kenny Guiton, QB Ohio State
- Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State*
- Ryan Shazier, OLB Ohio State*
- Braxton Miller, QB Ohio State*
- Vic Beasley, DE/OLB Clemson*
- Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson*
- Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson*