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Report: Ohio State loses Shazier to NFL draft, keeps Miller and Heuerman

Ryan Shazier AP

Sports Illustrated reported on Saturday that Ohio State All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier will skip his final year of eligibility and make himself available to the NFL draft.

On the other hand, quarterback Braxton Miller and tight end Jeff Heuerman will both return for their senior seasons.

Shazier led the Buckeyes with 144 tackles, including 23.5 for loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles.

As much as Ohio State will miss Shazier, getting Miller back is bigger news. The junior missed the better part of three games this year yet still passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 scores.

His return means he’ll be considered one of the front runners for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Heuerman had a breakout season for the Buckeyes, catching 26 passes for 466 yards and four scores.

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16 Responses to “Report: Ohio State loses Shazier to NFL draft, keeps Miller and Heuerman”
  1. doubledown44 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:51 PM

    I think all three made the right choice for themselves.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Jan 4, 2014 7:04 PM

    Hard to believe Braxton Miller was even considering coming out. I can’t imagine him even getting a draft grade from the NFL at this point. Right now he’s Tim Tebow, a dominant college football runner that simply can’t make an NFL throw.

    Like Tebow, Miller is often the best pure athlete on the field in most college games. In the pros, that is no longer the case and if you can’t throw you’re useless to NFL teams.

  3. canetic says: Jan 4, 2014 7:16 PM

    I can’t imagine a scenario in which Braxton Miller outplays Winston or Mariota next year and wins a Heisman (unless Matt Millen gets the only vote). The guy can’t complete a pass and he’s supposedly a QB.

  4. 10kmp says: Jan 4, 2014 7:18 PM

    I hate to agree @vincentbojacksonā€¦ but he’s right on here. I’m an OSU alum and live in Columbus. I’ve seen every game Miller has played at Ohio State and a few in high school as well. He is a dynamic athlete; every bit the runner that Michael Vick is. Every single bit. Unfortunately, he’s a very inaccurate passer who has not improved from years one thru three in college. He has a huge arm. One of the strongest I’ve seenā€¦ but it doesn’t matter that you can throw it 70 yards in the air if your accuracy stinks. I hope he improves as a passer, but after three years of little progress there I won’t hold my breath…

  5. dkhhuey says: Jan 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    You hate losing players early but in Shazier’s case – it is warranted! He is the real deal and he will be missed on defense!

    Glad to have Braxton and Jeff back for another year!

  6. pdcooper08 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    Some good points being made, but I don’t necessarily agree with all of it.

    First off, Tebow was a first round draft pick, he was at the time one of the best college players of his time. I realize it did’nt work out for him, but I still feel in the right situation, he can play. And yes, I agree he lacks accuracy and overall lacks the abilty to make adjustments.

    Secondly, Miller is a third year player that put up big stats at a school that won at least ten games. Why he wouldn’t at least condider it looking into it, I can’t blame him for that.

    He obviously has listen to the advise given, and elected to return. I like that he was able to put off the immediate pay check, to take the time to work on his skills.

    As I see it, Miller is a better player then Pryor was in college, and as we now, Pryor is still making a pay check at the next level. I can guarentee you, Miller would be a first rounder and would make the team that picks him. I have know idea how he will progress in the future, but he is surely talented enough to play in the league.

  7. harbourimages says: Jan 4, 2014 10:08 PM

    Miller seems to always be writhing in pain in a lot of games. (what Millen calls being a “real warrior”), so I’m wondering how long the guy would hold up getting hit by NFL tacklers game after game. RGIII isn’t faring too well under the NFL hits he’s been taking and he seems tougher than Miller….

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 10:08 PM

    It is tough to lose players after 4 years. It seems so much harder to lose them after 3 years and they go early to the NFL. My alma mater lost 8 defensive players to the NFL last season and many were early departures. That may become more and more common football players are realizing that careers in the NFL are not long for most, and for many getting the money and time in the NFL a year early is what they want and may even need, but it does hurt.

  9. astroturf27 says: Jan 5, 2014 12:26 AM

    alligatorsnapper, yeah i know what you mean. It really does hurt, the diehard college football fan dies a little inside seeing a guy leave early. Just seeing them graduate hurts but the NFL has the millions and lifestyle so they leave

  10. southernpatriots says: Jan 5, 2014 12:53 AM

    astroturf27
    alligatorsnapper

    It sure does hurt. Our best RB will leave early to go to the NFL. Can’t really blame him with the rookie bonus coming, which will help his siblings and mom out of poverty and a crime-ridden neighborhood but one has to think that if a few of those remained for their senior season, some teams might win it all. But, of course, they risk injury also.

  11. wryly1 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:14 AM

    It’s the right move for both. The height of Braxton Miller’s football success will most likely be as a college player. He certainly doesn’t project as a NFL starter at QB. With another good season, Heurman’s stock will be much higher in the 2015 draft.

  12. contract says: Jan 5, 2014 7:17 AM

    I’m not surprised. Shazier played the bowl game like he had already checked out.

  13. hehateme1 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:57 PM

    Ohio states horrible so who cares. How about urban lookin like a dominos pizza delivery guy.

  14. hehateme1 says: Jan 5, 2014 5:58 PM

    Bets on if urban will need to “take time off for personal reasons” again this year? Lol lol

  15. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:47 PM

    Hedateme1,

    Someone’s got a crush on Urban……too cute!

  16. jrs45 says: Jan 5, 2014 7:29 PM

    Hedateme1,

    Wants that Urban sperm in him. Oh the fascination grows among other things.

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