Kiper projections

Mel Kiper has some interesting projections on his updated draft board (from ESPN Insider). He projects Ashton Youboty to go to the Dolphins with the 16th pick, two picks higher than Santonio Holmes. I guess that means his decision to leave early wasn’t such a bad choice. Also, and this one makes me sick to think about it, he has Bobby Carpenter going late in the first round the the Steelers. That would be great for Carpenter, but it would suck for Browns fans. He still has the Browns selecting Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway with the #12 pick.

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Junior college linebacker picks Ohio State

Junior college linebacker Larry Grant decided to commit to Ohio State. Grant is ready to play right now so this could be a big boost to the Ohio State defense that is losing nine starters, including all three starting linebackers. Grant acknowledged this when he discussed his decision:

He said earlier this week that one of the attractions of Ohio State is the vacancy sign hanging over all three linebacker spots, vacated by All-American A.J. Hawk and his two fellow seniors Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel.

Let’s see if Tressel can sneak in some more players before tomorrow’s deadline.

James rests but Cavs don’t!!!!

Lebron James scored 30 points in three quarters as the Cleveland Cavaliers finished the game with James on the bench. Zydrunas Ilgauskas finished with 19 points, Donyell Marshall had 14 and Drew Gooden had 12 rebounds as Cleveland buried the Charlotte Bobcats 103 -91.
The Cavaliers are finally starting to realize that if this team would like to go deep into the playoffs, it will only occur by not standing around and watching one of the best NBA players perform. The supporting cast excluding Damon Jones (insert trade here) is finally starting to step up to the plate. Eric Snow, an average starting point guard, continues to excel on the defensive end, which overshadows his inability to make a jump shot. Gooden and Anderson Varejao are a strong duo on the boards and Marshall’s outside jumper is coming back to life. The return of Larry Hughes should put Cleveland in a very good position to put a strong hold on the fourth playoff spot.

Buckeyes fall to Iowa

The Buckeyes ran into Iowa at the wrong time and fell 67-62 to the Hawkeyes. Iowa won this game with their defense, which ranks fourth in the country. They held Ohio State to only 35% from the field. Still, the Buckeyes had a good shot to come away with the win late in the game against a veteran and talented team. I think this quote by head coach Thad Matta sums things up best-

“It’s another one of those games where we’re there, but we just have got to find a way to get over the hump, and win the damn game,” Matta said to the AP.

This is becoming a recurring theme for this Ohio State team. They have the talent to play with anyone and make no mistake, they are a good team. But just a good team. Can they be great? Maybe, but like Matta said, they are going to have to find a way to get over the hump and finish teams off. At the end, it just becomes a battle of wills and who wants it more. On Saturday, it was Iowa.

OSU Football passes on one star and waits on two.

The Ohio State Football program followed its “high mark” for grades by removing a scholarship offered to Josh Chichester of Lakota West High School. The rumor is that Josh is having academic difficulty. The Buckeyes, who are unable to comment on prospective recruits, did verify that Josh will not be attending Ohio State. It appears that Josh will be heading to Louisville to play football.
Ohio State is waiting patiently on decisions from Corey Peters, number 3 prospect in the state of Kentucky, and City College of San Francisco linebacker Larry Grant. This JC stand out may be leaning toward Ohio State.

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