Projected Depth Chart: Defense

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Looking Ahead: Projected Defensive Spring Depth Chart
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While Ohio State’s 2013 offense should look rather familiar – at least in personnel – to those who watched the Buckeyes in 2012, the defense could be a bit of a mystery.

The Buckeyes lost seven starters from last year’s defense, including cornerback Travis Howard and six players in the starting front seven from an OSU team that went a perfect 12-0 during Urban Meyer’s first season.

That group also includes early departure Johnathan Hankins, who is expected to be a first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and four captains – John Simon, Zach Boren, Etienne Sabino and Garrett Goebel.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier is the lone returner in the front seven, but he could be as good as any player at his position across the country.

Here’s a look at what the rest of the defense might look like in the spring. It won’t be until fall when guys like Vonn Bell, Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson can get on the field, but Ohio State will have a handful of newcomers on defense this spring.

LEO
8 Noah Spence (6-3, 240, So.)
88 Steve Miller (6-3, 255, Jr.)
^Tyquan Lewis (6-3, 223, Fr.)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
63 Michael Bennett (6-3, 277, Jr.)
90 Tommy Schutt (6-2, 305, So.)

NOSE TACKLE
51 Joel Hale (6-4, 295, Jr.) OR
90 Tommy Schutt (6-2, 305, So.)
72 Chris Carter (6-4, 358, rSo.)

STRONGSIDE END
92 Adolphus Washington (6-3, 289, So.)
95 Se’Von Pittman (6-3, 268, rFr.)
50 J.T. Moore (6-3, 250, rJr.)
^Tracy Sprinkle (6-2, 241, Fr.)

WILL LB
10 Ryan Shazier (6-1, 226, Jr.)
25 David Perkins (6-2, 220, So.)

MIKE LB
5 Camren Williams (6-1, 225, So.) OR
14 Curtis Grant (6-2, 235, Jr.)
42 Luke Roberts (6-1, 226, So.)

SAM LB
37 Josh Perry (6-4, 231, So.)
34 Jamal Marcus (6-2, 225, So.)

STAR
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 197, rSr.)
+30 Devan Bogard (6-0, 192, So.)
^Cam Burrows (5-11, 200, Fr.)

CORNER
1 Bradley Roby (5-11, 185 rJr.)
24 Armani Reeves (5-10, 194, So.)
^Eli Apple (6-0, 184, Fr.)

CORNER
12 Doran Grant (5-11, 188, So.)
9 Adam Griffin (5-8, 180, rSo.)
^Cam Burrows (5-11, 200, Fr.)

SAFETY
2 Christian Bryant (5-10, 190, Sr.)
28 Ron Tanner (6-0, 200, rSo.)
23 Tyvis Powell (6-3, 199, rFr.)

SAFETY
4 C.J. Barnett (6-1, 202, rSr.)
3 Corey Brown (6-1, 197, rSr.)
+21 Jamie Wood (6-1, 207, Sr.)

Key
^Denotes an early enrollee
+ Means a player is currently injured and could miss some or all of spring camp

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