After several weeks of loaded games, it’s a bit of a downer this week as the Penn State vs Ohio State game is the only real good match up. But don’t worry we have you covered in out Scouting Guide highlighting the NFL Draft Prospects playing in this game. Whether it’s the best player, best match ups or any other draftable prospects.
College Scouting Guide
Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes
11:00 CST on Fox
Best Prospect: Ohio State DE Chase Young
He’s back! After a two game suspension for taking money from a family friend to pay for his girlfriends trip to the Rose Bowl, Chase Young should be full go for this huge game. The Buckeye defensive end has been unblockable to the tune of 13.5 sacks in seven games. At 6’5 265lbs Young uses explosive speed to get to the edge and then has the agility to bend the edge to attack quarterbacks. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also very powerful and able to use speed to power to rag doll opposing tackles with bull rush and inside moves. After sitting two games we could see Young have another Wisconsin level game just taking over.
Best Prospect Battle: Ohio State Offensive Line vs Penn State Defensive Line
The best match up will be between the Ohio State tackles and Yetur Gross-Matos. Using quick bursts and incredible length it was no surprise that Gross-Matos finished with 20 tackles for loss in 2019. One thing that makes Gross-Matos so effective getting into the opponent’s backfield is he is able to use his quick hands and quickness to blow past the offensive lineman or he’s able to use those hands to disengage so that he free himself to make a play. Left tackle Thayer Munford has really taken off this year showing the size and length required for the position while being an excellent run blocker. At right tackle Branden Bowen looks like he’s finally healthy from a broken leg and at 6’7 he’s a big tackle with good length. Both tackles will have their hands full with Gross-Matos speed and quickness and will have to get their hands on him to slow him down. On the interior the Buckeyes have two sophomores but left guard Jonah Jackson was an All Big Ten Honorable Mention last year at Rutgers before transferring to Ohio State. He’ll have to deal with Penn State’s star tackle Robert Windsor who is big and athletic is a tough assignment for any linemen, so it will take a collective effort to slow him down.
Additional Penn State Prospects
Penn State has an elite defense and while the defensive line is very good it’s the Nittany Lions linebacking core that is the strength of their defense. Both Cameron Brown and Jan Johnson along with true sophomore Micah Parsons make up a fearsome trio. Brown is tall at 6’5 but has sideline to sideline speed to make plays while Johnson is a tackling machine that is best working his way between the tackles. Although not draft eligible Micah Parsons will be one of the best prospects in the 2021 class. At cornerback John Reid is finally back to 100% after a torn ACL showing good ball production with 7 career interceptions (2 already this season) and a high football IQ. Reid is joined by junior Tariq Castro-Fields who has been the Nittany Lions most consistent cornerback.
Additional Ohio State Prospects
The Buckeyes have a trio of Binjimin Victor, Austin Mack and KJ Hill are not elite receiver prospects but are all draftable prospects who have big time roles in the Buckeyes passing attack. Victor uses his straight line speed and 6’4 frame to win down the field as he’s averaging over 17 yards per catch. Austin Mack is used in more of a possession type role whereas KJ Hill’s athletic ability has been used in a variety of ways to get him the ball in space and even on fly sweeps and various other run actions. After a bit of a down year running back JK Dobbins has been able to bounce back giving the Buckeyes a reliable threat on the ground. Dobbins isn’t a homerun threat but he’s able to churn out yards as a crafty runner using his burst, lateral agility and balance to work his down through traffic. Cornerback Jeffrey Okudah has solid size at 6’1 but his best trait is he has effortless speed to go with fluid hips and the ability to change direction. Okudah isn’t alone in the Buckeyes secondary as Damon Arnette and Shaun Wade along with free safety Jordan Fuller all could be drafted in the middle rounds. At linebacker Malik Harrison has good size at 6’3 250lbs and help lead the Buckeyes in tackles last year while also having 8.5 tackles for loss.