2012 NFL Draft Prospects Preview: Ohio St. vs. Michigan St.

Posted by Brad On September – 30 – 2011
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The OSU game may go a long way in determining Jerel Worthy's draft stock

I have an affinity for watching good matchups in the trenches this week.  All the games I selected to preview featured NFL matchups on the offensive and defensive lines.  I saved the best for last.

As with any OSU game I will be fixated on Mike Brewster.  My top center prospect will be matched up against Jerel Worthy.  At this point Worthy is the one with something to prove.  Brewster has manhandled any matchup this season including Marcus Forston.  Brewster bumped Forston down my 2012 NFL Draft prospect rankings by 17 slots after watching him push Forston all over the field.  Could the same happen for Worthy this week?  In addition to that matchup I will be watching Edwin Baker against the Buckeye run defense.

Guys to keep an eye on:

Michael Brewster, C, Ohio St. #50

Brewster is the best center in the country and may be selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  He’s a four-year starter at OSU that displays great technique and leadership.  He has struggled with the shotgun snap throughout his career and has already botched three this season.  Shotgun snaps aside, Brewster has dominated competition in 2011 in the run and pass games including Marcus Forston of Miami.  Brewser draws the assignment of handling Jerel Worthy for most of this game.  A make or break game for Worthy if he wants to declare for next April’s NFL Draft. 

Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio St. #11 (Junior)

Stoneburner has burst onto the national stage with 4 TD catches through four games.  Everyone knew of Stoneburner’s WR-like hands but more impressive is his growth as a blocker.  In previous seasons Stoneburner would come off the field on running downs but he’s been an adequate blocker this season.  The QB situation at OSU won’t do Stoneburner any favors but he has NFL pass catching skills and will have plenty of opportunities to show off his blocking skills in the run game.

Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St. #99 (Junior)

Worthy is filled with potential but hasn’t shown that potential on a consistent enough basis to warrant a first round pick…yet.  He flashes in games but doesn’t make his presence felt enough to be considered a candidate for early entry into the NFL Draft.  Worthy will be blocked by top center prospect, Mike Brewster a lot in this game.  If he can show a consistent push against Brewster it will go along way towards solidifying the high opinions of his game.

Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan St. #4 (Junior)

Baker is hampered by the number of runners at MSU.  He looked great in week one but since hasn’t shown the same burst.  With the other backs at MSU taking more carries it may be wise for Baker to declare early before he loses his job.  Baker burst onto the scene in his sophomore season with 1201 yards and 13 TD’s but doesn’t look like he’ll be getting that much love in 2011.

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