Many Ohio State players made decisions for their future that makes sense. For one player however, that is not necessarily the case.
Every case is different for players when they decide whether or not to leave school and enter their respective sport’s draft. For The Ohio State University, multiple eligible players weighted their options and ultimately declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Among those players were redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown. The Ohio State product announced his decision via Twitter yesterday.
Brown redshirted in 2015 after appearing in only two games in 2014. During those two games, Brown caught just one pass for nine yards and had one rush for negative four yards. After getting back onto the field in 2016, Brown was a force in the red zone, catching seven touchdowns.
In addition, in the 12 games he played in for Ohio State in 2016, Brown finished with 32 receptions for 402 yards.
Despite the solid numbers given Ohio State’s issues on offense, there is still so much he can work on. Ohio State could have been a more explosive offense and in turn, Brown’s game would have been at a greater level than it currently is. Unfortunately, with two offensive coordinators, and inconsistent play along the offensive line and by quarterback J.T. Barrett, we can only expect so much production and impact on games.
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Prior to this season Brown did not do anything! Perhaps there is more to this decision than what he has made known. Still, reality cannot be ignored.
Brown is not a top wide receiver prospect. Instead, he could have came back to Ohio State in hopes of playing in a better offense and his game improving. There is the possibility that he could end up withdrawing from the draft, but that does not seem likely.
He should withdraw and help not only the Buckeyes next year, but also his draft stock. Although the red zone production was great, he has too many holes in his game. Brown can only be relied on to run effectively fade and go routes.
He is a day three prospect and is best suited to be a late fourth or fifth round pick. A great combine is his only chance of having a chance of improving his stock.
Brown’s pro comparison could go a number of ways. Two players that keep sticking out to me are a smaller version of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (without the off the field issues of course) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown. To be successful, Brown’s niche will need to be as a playmaker in the red zone, as well as being able to stretch the field on big pass plays.
After the numerous changes Ohio State made on their offensive coaching staff, the Buckeyes should have their issues fixed the next time we see them on the field. Whether he has a change of heart to join them is to be determined. Regardless,I hope that his career is successful and I wish him the best going forward.