Jayden Ballard Wide Receiver from Massillon Ohio

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Standing at an impressive 6″2 and weighing in at 175ibs, Massillon, Ohio based wide receiver Jayden Ballard is an exciting prospect and the latest in a line of great recruits for the Ohio Buckeyes. Highly regarded as a future NFL prospect, Ballard attended high school in Washington before signing onto the OSU 2021 recruiting class.

Jayden Ballard

What Makes Jayden Ballard a Great Prospect

Jayden Ballard is impressive in stature and through the Ohio fitness program, will undoubtedly look to bulk up, increasing his physical presence. Interestingly, he is something of an all rounder with an impressive athletic history, including playing Basketball but it is Football that he really excels at. Ballard has the potential to make it as the number one choice receiver for the college football team due to his very natural passing ability, impressive ball tracking, respectable speed and deep ball threat. Ballard was a huge standout performed in his respective classes in 2019 and 2020 making him a key target for the OSU recruitment class. The wide receiver was very impressive during the Opening showcasing his impressive skills and riveting potential. Still just a Sophomore, the receiver is boosted by his youth, his talent having caught stares since his breakout year in 2018. Away from the field, Ballard has been praised for his exceptional athleticism and is highly regarded as a very intelligent, polite student with a great academic future as well as that of his budding football potential. He is very popular amongst teammates and has built a fantastic reputation for his outstanding work ethic.

Ballard Had 20 Scholarship Offers

Ohio Buckeyes had to fend off over twenty other offers for Jayden Ballard to secure his services, testament to the fantastic future many believe he will have. The four star rated talent currently ranks as the 125th best prospect in the country, as well as the fifth best player currently in the state of Ohio. Unsurprisingly Ballard received offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Washington State, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh. However it was Ohio Buckeyes that drew in the rare physical talent. It was his visit to Ohio on 21st June that was enough to convince him of its draw and he committed there are then, publicly declaring his commitment to the Buckeyes. Despite several alternative offers, Ohio always stood a great chance with Jayden Ballard due to a history of playing in the state. The connection has always been there and that in itself undoubtedly boosted the teams chances of his capture.

Jayden Ballard Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ Massillon WR // Ohio State Commit

Ohio States 2021 Class

In regards to what his recruitment means for the OSU recruiting class of 2021, his press speaks for itself. It is widely believed that Ballard will be something of a special capture for the team with the potential to really make a difference. He offers great promise and is the kind of received the Buckeyes were really searching for to feed off their impressive quarterback Kyle McCord. Moving forward, Ballard is undoubtedly one of the most exciting captures so far for the Ohio State recruiting class of 2021. There is much excitement surrounding the potential that he has and having already made quite the name for himself, it is easy to understand why.

Josh Fryar Improves Ohio State’s 2020 Line

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Independence day was one to remember for Ohio State Buckeyes this year as they secure their second recruitment of the day. Standing at a towering six foot five and a half, Josh Fryar serves a very talented, up and coming offensive center for Ohio State Buckeyes. A formidable talented, the college football recruit is flexible, full of raw talent and by all accounts: a blank canvas. His solid build and height makes him a shoe in for almost any position up front. The 18th member of Ohio State‘s 2020 class, the team fought off stiff competition from Indiana, Florida State, Washington and Penn State to snap up the versatile player. However it was the unwavering interest of Ohio and his own gut feeling that convinced Josh Fryar that it was the place for him. Rated currently as the no.8 guard in the entire 2020 class, Josh Fryar has the stature and potential to prove a real capture for the Buckeyes. While there is little doubt there is plenty for the 300 pound player to work on such as conditioning and strength, he is a man who will be ready to play in no time at all.

Josh Fryar

National Ranking

With an ESPN rating of three stars in his current state, Josh Fryar was an appealing option for many teams. Ranked 3rd in state and 55th regionally, he was a big name for 2020 recruitment and so this is a player that Ohio State will have been incredibly satisfied to secure the services of.

Official Visits

After official visits to Indiana, Penn State and Oregon, Ohio looked like an outside bet for the player however the second day of his visit there was enough to convince him that it was the destination for him. With the promise of great education and a real prospect at NFL football, Josh Fryar found himself enticed by the prestigious establishment. With a really keen eye for broadcasting, education is just as important to the player and with the promise of an education that could really give him a boost into the industry, it was a no-brainer for the talented player. With formal offers received from Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oregon, Penn State and Purdue, Fryar certainly wasn’t short of interest, testament to the importance of this capture for Ohio State, the place which Fryar himself admits to have fallen in love with.

Ohio State’s 2020 Class

Defense is the name of the game for the Buckeyes who have worked hard to recruit a number of very talented players including five defensive recruits for the OSU 2020 recruiting class. Alongside Josh Fryar, they look set to be a highly competitive side as they seek to replicate previous successes and aim for Championship victory – something that is certainly not out of the question.

Josh Fryar Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star OC // Ohio State Target // Beech Grove HS

With players such as Beech Grove bred Josh Fryar, times are exciting for fans of the team as they look to show that recruiting raw talent, such as Fryar, the second highest rated recruit from his state will give them the competitive edge, a move that has been approved by fans and critics alike.

The Browns personnel staff is GUTLESS!

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Memo to EVP Brown:  You and your staff are GUTLESS.  They won’t pick a QB in fear they will screw it up.  I hope you are GONE before the next NFL Draft.

Too cute for your own good.

While the 1st pick should have been a no brainer, someone in the Browns “brain trust” was leaking comments about taking a QB with that pick.  All Browns fans now know that was a bald-faced lie.  This group DOESN’T HAVE THE GUTS TO TAKE A QB!

If you think the clock doesn’t start until you take a quarterback, YOU ARE WRONG!  Thanks to your blunders and bad draft picks, we fans suffered through a 1 win season!  Watson was graded below last year QB Myles Garrett that you gave to the Eagles.  He then beat you in the 1st game of the season.

This year you not only bailed the Texans out of a HORRIBLE contract they gave to Brock Osweiler, but then you gave them their new QB in Deshaun Watson.  The Texans will make EVP Brown their MVP of the season.  The down side is the Browns will face the Texans the week before they go to London.  If they lose to another QB they passed on, don’t expect to still be the EVP on the trip home.

I have no animosity toward you and wish you the very best.  I pray it is not as the Browns EVP.

That is what I think.  Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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What will the Browns do in the draft

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NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, Tony Williams of Metro NY and I discussed the news of the day and the NNR Mock draft on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

My view of the world tells me past actions are a good indication of future events.  That does not bode well for Browns fans.  The Browns have had more 1st round picks than any team in NFL history over the last several years.  And for the most part, those guys are not on the roster.  That is what happens when you put a lawyer in charge of the draft.

Part of that was due to the failure of the top draft people to go to the pro days.  When you go to a player’s pro day, you get to talk to those around the player.  A perfect example was the 2014 draft.

In that draft, the Browns had 2 1st round picks.  With the 8th overall pick they selected Justin “No tackle” Gilbert.  Had they gone to his pro day, they would have heard him say “check my film” when someone asked him to catch some punts.

At #22 they selected Johnny “Wreck this league” Manziel.  Had they gone to the Texas A&M pro day, they might have found out he was a heavy drinker and decided against him.

So, I ask the question again.  What will the Browns do in the draft?  From a Browns fan since 1954, I have to guess that they will find a way to screw it up again.

That is what I think.  Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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2017 NFL Draft – A Look at Defense

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Myles Garrett

DE
Very deep for 4/3 DE not as deep for 3/4 guys
1
Myles Garrett TAM 6-4 272 R1
Extremely Athletic 3y st Student of game Quick & great body control Half his sacks vs Sisters Perpet Misserable
2
Derek Barnett Tenn 6-3 259 R1
3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.
3
Solomon Thomas Stanf 6-3 273 R1
2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.
4
Taco Charlton Mich 6-6 277 R1
1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4 started in the 4/3 Needs tech help & 2nd move.
5
Charles Harris Missouri 6-3 253 R1-2
2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.
WC
Tarell Basham Ohio 6-4 269 R2
4Y ST that was DMVP in 16 quick & agile good edge bend but played against lesser talents.
DT
Strong deep class but a bit lite in 1st round
1
Jonathan Allen Alab 6-3 296 R1
3y st Good upper body & hand strike. Versatile hard worker, 4 awards needs more aggression but is solid.
2
Malik McDowell Mich St 6-6 295 R1
2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts but need technique help
3
Caleb Brantley Fla 6-3 307 R2
2Y st Collapses pocket physcal & quick, strong hands Needs more bulk but frame is not good for it.
4
Chris Wormley Mich 6-5 298 R2-3
3Y st few weaknesses & converts speed to power. but not athletic, needs technique improvement.
5
Dalvin Tomlinson Alab 6-3 310 R2-3
2y st Is solid vs run but struggles in pass rush. May be 2 down DT. ACL inj in 13.
WC
Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte 6-3 305 R2-3
Very productive at small school questions about his ability at NFL level.
OLB
Deep in quality and numbers.
1
Haason Reddick Temple 6-1 237 R1
2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength has a tweener body
2
Zach Cunningham Vandy 6-3 234 R1
2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.
3
Tim Williams Alab 6-3 244 R1-2
3Y st High sack rate Quick off ball, twitchy & avoids blocks, Needs better play recognition & bulk
4
Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6-2 250 R1-2
2Y st 1 super season quick to QB mainly speed rusher that lacks bulk to hold POA Surgery Mr 6 Shoulder
5
T.J. Watt Wisc 6-4 252 R2
1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.
WC
Tyus Bowser Houston 6-3 247 R2-3
3Y ST in a No D league Decent speed & power with a good up side.
ILB
Very D sensitive group Some 3/4 guys but few 4/3 MLB prospects
1
Reuben Foster Alab 6-0 229 R1
2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy in 16 games?
2
Raekwon McMillan OhSt 6-2 240 R1-2
2.5 Y st with power & strength Not smooth @ changing direction & needs better play recognition.
3
Jarrad Davis Fla 6-1 238 R2
2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer
4
Anthony Walker Jr. Northwestern 6-1 238 R3-4
1 of the reasons NW D was so much better. Good vs Run but can cover RBs in pass as well.
5
Kendell Beckwith LSU 6-2 243 R3-4
2.5y starter but has injury history Not a top athlete Too many tackles down field
WC
Connor Harris Lindenwood 5-11 242 R4
super in all-star games but has physical limitations & very low level of competition
CB
Best Group in many years both depth & quality at the top
1
Marion Humphrey Alab 6-0 197 R1 M2M
2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips
2
Marshon Lattimore OhSt 6-0 193 R1 Zone
1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athlete but doesn’t change WR timing @ LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs. Hamstring issue
3
TreDavious White LSU 5-11 192 R1-2 Zone
2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help
4
Cordrea Tankersley Clemson 6-1 199 R1-2 M2M
2y st Good speed, Great size & ball skills good tackler but needs to be more disciplined in coverage.
5
Fabian Moreau UCLA 6-0 206 R1-2 M2M
3Y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball but lacks ability to catch picks
WC
Gareon Conley OhSt 6-0 195 M2M or Zone
3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique
NIC
Thin group but talented
1
Budda Baker Wash 5-10 195 R1
3y st lacks height & weight Has very Fluid hips & good ball skills but needs better technique in coverage
2
Chidibe Awuzie Col 6-0 202 R2
4y st Very smooth backpeddle quick hands, athletic but plays smaller than he measures. Inj issue
3
Jourdan Lewis Mich 5-10 188 R2
2y st Hard worker very competitive, twitchy & good ball skills Small & thin A little grabby Would B R1 if taller
4
Damotae Kazee San Diego St 5-10 184 R4-5
3y st Good hands & route adjust Short & light with some stiffness in the hips
FS
Best group in years deep & top talent. FS seldom are 1st round picks.
1
Malik Hooker OhSt 6-1 206 R1
1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured
2
Desmond King Iowa 5-10 201 R2
4Y st Not great athlete but has everything else Hard worker, focused, fluid hips, anticipation, reads O plays
3
Marcus Williams Utah 6-1 202 R2-3
3Y st Created 18 TOS classic playmaker smart, tape guy & hard worker but lacks thick frame
4
Rayshawn Jenkins Miami Fl 6-1 214 R3-4
Big hitter with a nasty streak limited speed but smart
5
John Johnson Boston Col 6-1 205 R4-5
4Y st played CB & FS fluid hips, good ball skills & decent instincts. Needs better tech, & more phyical tackling
WC
Marcus Maye Florida 6-0 200 R3-4
3.5Y ST with talent but a suspension & inj history will force down his draft value
SS
Solid group but not deep
1
Jamal Adams LSU 6-0 214 R1
2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.
2
Obi Melifonwu U Conn 6-4 224 R1-2
4Y st Size, speed, atletic, hands but needs better instincts & technique help.
3
Jabrill Peppers Michigan 5-11 213 R1
2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.
4
Josh Jones NC State 6-1 220 R2
2.5Y st Excel size & speed, good hands, aggressive, good tackler, needs better instincts
5
Eddie Jackson Alab 6-0 201 R3
2y st Athletic & good instincts but not fast or big hitter Inj leg now & ACL in 14 May not have body for NFL
WC
Xavier Woods La Tech 5-11 197 R4-5
4Y st good ball skills, tracking FB, & instincts but has tight hips, & lacks atheticism

Last Chance for Analytics

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For Browns fans, these are the times that try men’s souls.  This Browns front office has 1 more chance to turn the team around or it will be gone.  I believe that HC Jackson has some time but not the front office.

My experience tells me when someone thinks they are the smartest guy in the room, very often they are not even in the running.  The Browns Front office is trying something different—Analytics.  The do think they are smarter than the rest of the league.  While Analytics works in baseball or basketball, it will not work in football.

One of the things that analytics suggests is trade down to get more draft picks.  That might work if the front office had any idea what they are doing with the extra picks.  Last Monday we detailed the picks that this administration made in 2016.  None of them were ranked in the top 60 in terms of production.  This year began with that same FO failing to get a deal with Pryor who got 1000 yards in his first season as WR with a bunch of nobodies throwing to him.  Instead they got an 8 year veteran who has just 1 1000 yard season in his career.

The FO had a chance to get QB Wentz with the 2nd pick last year but chose to trade down and depend on a fragile RG2.5 at that position.  Wentz and a very flawed Eagle team won 7 games.  The Cleveland Tans went 1-15.

1-15 would feel much better if we had a AFC North style rookie QB starting and learning from his mistakes.  What we had was the usual 43 QBs.  The QB they drafted in the 3rd round is a weak armed, under sized guy from the Pac12 who plays no D at all.

I am at the end of my rope with this group of pinheads.  What makes me think that EVP Sashi Brown can find more than 1 decent player?  Nothing at all.  My suggestion to Brown is go back to being a lawyer because you have no business being a judge of NFL talent.

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