Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ohio State's 2014 Dream Team: Offense
By Brad Bournival
With the 2014 recruiting class now in full swing, BuckeyeNation wondered what it would be like to create a dream team.
There are stipulations.
The team has to mirror that of the Buckeyes’ offense. That means there aren’t 11 wide receivers or running backs on the squad, just one standout at each position.
To be fair, tackles could move to the guard slot, but they couldn’t be centers. That was the only place this superstar team was allowed some wiggle room. One other thing, if a player was committed -- be it to the Buckeyes or somewhere else -- he was disqualified. The individual also had to have an offer from Ohio State.
Here’s what we came up with:
Wide receiver: Jalen Brown – With 67 catches for 1,235 yards and 19 touchdowns, Brown’s a natural burner on the outside. His 18.4 yards per catch fit perfectly with the Buckeyes.
Jeb Blazevich would be a perfect fit at tight end for Ohio State.
Tight end: Jeb Blazevich -- With 30 catches for 379 yards and five touchdowns, he wasn’t targeted a ton this season, but he’s a sure-handed junior built for Ohio State’s offense.
Left tackle: Orlando Brown Jr. -- With 37 offers, he’s a can’t-miss pick. The son of the late Orlando Brown Sr., he has NFL genes and at 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds has the build to play the most important position on the line.
Left guard: Sam Mustipher – He’s a natural left guard with 14 offers already. Technique stands out most of all with the 6-4, 280-pound Mustipher who can step right into a starter’s role -- or at least the two-deep chart as a freshman.
Center: Natrell Curtis -- In a perfect world, another tackle would move here, but 6-9 centers belong in basketball not football. At 6-2 and 304 pounds, Curtis could shift to the middle of the line. With 13 offers, he’s coming on strong.
Quarterback: Deshaun Watson -- This one is easy and not because he’s the only one offered. In three seasons, Watson has thrown for 9,360 yards and 108 touchdowns. Last season, Watson passed for 4,024 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Running back: Elijah Hood -- Need numbers? Hood rushed for 3,309 yards and 48 touchdowns as a junior. In the last two seasons, he’s gobbled up 5,291 yards and found the end zone 83 times. Enough said.
Right guard: Braden Smith -- We’re moving Smith inside from his tackle position because he’s too good to leave off the team. With 16 offers, he’s a rising commodity that should see his recruitment take off.
Right tackle: Damian Prince -- The only reason he isn’t our left tackle is because of Brown. At 6-7 and 300 pounds, Prince is a matchup nightmare. With 28 offers, virtually everyone else sees the value of having him in the trenches.
Slot receiver: Marshon Lattimore -- He’s just too good to keep off the team as well after a breakout junior season that netted offers from Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo and USC.
Wide receiver: Demarre Kitt -- Much like Brown, he’s a threat whenever he touches the ball. With 68 catches for 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns, he’s a cornerback’s worst fear.