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Thursday Morning Bell

Quote Of The Day: "Do or do not, there is no try." - Yoda

Today marks one of the biggest days of the year in the football calendar. The start of the NFL Draft is a day filled with ridiculous optimism from fans, the start of an amazing chapter in the lives of a few young football players, and a boat load of boos thrown at Roger Goodell by the crowd at the Draft.

Buckeye Receivers Wait To Hear Their Names

As Buckeye fans know, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are going to hear their names called on Thursday night in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. It is not a question of if, rather a question of when we will see them go off the board. Mock drafts have them going all over the place, but this is where I see them going tonight:

Garrett Wilson: Pick 11 to the Washington Commanders

Chris Olave: Pick 19 to the New Orleans Saints

I see Garrett Wilson becoming the first ever draft pick by the Washington Commanders, and joining fellow Buckeye alum Terry McLaurin in the WR room in our nation's capital.

The New Orleans Saints are looking to re-tool their offense in the 2nd season of the post-Brees era, and there is no smoother option that Chris Olave. They, like the Commanders, have seen their own share of success with Ohio State receivers in the past (Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn) and that will lead them to taking a WR out of Columbus again.

Ohio State Picks Up Steam With Noah Rogers

When it comes to recruiting, there is one rule and one rule only: Never count out Brian Hartline in a recruitment until the Ink has dried on National Signing Day. On Wednesday night, Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports put in a crystal ball in favor of Ohio State to land Noah Rogers out of Rolesville High School in North Carolina. Rogers has a composite rating of 0.9748, which ranks him as the #11 Wide Receiver, and the #59 player overall in the class of 2023.

He checks in at 6'2" 180 lbs, and has been clocked with a sub 4.5 40-yard dash. In his Junior season at Rolesville, Rogers caught 70 passes for 1,435 Yards, and 22 Touchdowns. Putting up big time numbers like that down in North Carolina shows why Brian Hartline is pushing so hard for his commitment.

If I could compare him to any Ohio State receiver over the past few seasons, it would probably be Garrett Wilson. That is high praise for a young receiver, but it is warranted. With the ability to beat people over the top, Rogers also showcases an amazing talent for acrobatic catches near the sideline, and toughness in traffic to hold onto the football. Should Rogers end up in Columbus, it would be an amazing addition for Brian Hartline and Ryan Day.

With Bryson Rodgers already committed, it will be interesting to see if Noah Rogers tries to join the fold quickly. The Buckeyes are in the mix for 5-Star Wide Receivers Carnell Tate, and Brandon Inniss, although I am not sure who I am more confident in the Buckeyes getting at this point. I wouldn't be upset if Ohio State took four receivers in this class though if it was this group. We will see how it all shakes out.

Austin Siereveld Commitment Date Set

Austin Siereveld is a 4-Star in-state offensive linemen that is set to announce hi

s college commitment on May 4th at 3:15 P.M. on CBS Sports.

His final three is down to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. While there has been some noise in favor of all three schools, I have Siereveld picking Ohio State next Wednesday when he picks a hat from the table. This will be a huge addition to the class, as you can never go wrong with more depth on the offensive line.

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