Commentary

Ohio State juniors face tough decisions; Illinois RB Mendenhall impresses

Ohio Sate has lost two straight national title games and could lose five juniors to the NFL. Steve Muench breaks down those players and 10 others who helped themselves during bowl season.

Originally Published: January 10, 2008
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
The dust has settled following LSU's win over Ohio State in the BCS championship game and it's time for Scouts Inc. to turn its attention to the 2008 NFL draft. And what better team to start with than the Buckeyes, who have lost the last two national title games but have a talented junior class that could possibly put them over the top next season?

No fewer than five of those juniors could be playing on Sundays next season, and the following offers a look at the impact their performances against LSU could have on their decisions to enter the draft or stay in school as well as Ohio State's national championship hopes in 2008. Also included is a list of 10 players who boosted their draft stock with their performances during bowl season.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.