Re-Thinking Spring Depth Chart: Defense

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Re-Thinking Spring Depth Chart: Defense
By Brandon Castel

On Thursday morning we released our projections for Ohio State’s 2011 spring depth chart on defense. A lot of those projections turned out to be accurate as the Buckeyes opened camp with their first practice of the spring.

After watching the scrimmage portion of practice, both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, we decided to re-think our defensive depth chart based on what we saw Thursday.

There will certainly be a number of changes made on both sides of the ball, and probably a lot of players moving around, but here’s how Ohio State’s depth chart would have looked on defense for the first day of spring practice.

[Editor's Note: names in BOLD are changes from the origianal projection.]

STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END

54 John Simon (6-2, 270, Jr.)
+91 Melvin Fellows (6-5, 249, rSo.)
59 Stewart Smith (6-3, 227, rJr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

53 Garrett Goebel (6-3, 281, rJr.)
90 Darryl Baldwin (6-4, 267, rFr.)
*51 Joe Hale (6-4, 310, Fr.)

NOSE TACKLE

+54 Johnathan Hankins (6-3, 335, So.) OR
93 Adam Bellamy (6-4, 295, rSo.)
68 Evan Blankenship (6-3, 288, rSr.)

WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END (LEO)

43 Nathan Williams (6-3, 260, Sr.)
^98 Solomon Thomas (6-5, 255, rSr.)
50 J.T. Moore (6-1, 246, rFr.) OR
33 David Durham (6-1, 231, rFr.)

WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER (WILL)

42 Andrew Sweat (6-2, 238, Sr.)
11 Dorian Bell (6-1, 225, rSo.)
+38 Scott McVey (6-0, 218, rFr.)

MIDDLE LINEBACKER (MIKE)

32 Storm Klein (6-2, 230, Jr.) OR
6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 240, rJr.)
39 Jordan Whiting (6-1, 238, rSo.)

STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER (SAM)

6 Etienne Sabino (6-3, 240, rJr.)
41 Tony Jackson (5-11, 220, rSr.)
+*10 Ryan Shazier (6-2, 210, Fr.)

NICKEL BACK (STAR)

2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 178, So.)
+26 Tyler Moeller (6-0, 210, rSr.)
20 Nate Oliver (6-0, 215, rSr.)
23 Chad Hagan (6-0, 230, rFr.)

WIDESIDE CORNERBACK

7 Travis Howard (6-0, 190, rJr.)
8 Dionte Allen (5-11, 182, rJr.)
30 Donnie Evege (5-11, 180, rSr.)

SHORTSIDE CORNERBACK

5 Dominic Clarke (5-10, 190, rSo.)
25 Bradley Roby (5-11, 176, rFr.)
9 Adam Griffin (5-7, 178, rFr.)

FREE SAFETY

19 Orhian Johnson (6-2, 205, rJr.)
21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 198, rSo.) OR
16 Zach Domicone (6-3, 211, rJr.)
*17 Jeremy Cash (6-2, 190, Fr.)

STRONG SAFETY

+4 C.J. Barnett (6-0, 190, Jr.)
2 Christian Bryant (5-9, 178, So.)
*28 Ron Tanner (6-1, 190, Fr.)

Players Who Did Not Practice Thursday: DB Tyler Moeller, LB Ryan Shazier, DB Corey Brown, LB Jon Newsome

Players Who Were Limited During Practice: DB C.J. Barnett, LB Scott McVey

Legend

*Early enrollee
+Injured or coming off injury from last season
^Suspended first 5 games of 2011 season
Changes from Projected Depth Chart

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