2019 Defensive Line Discussion

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    Defensive Tackle

    The candidates:
    Haskell Garrett (RS-So.), Davon Hamilton (RS-Sr.), Taron Vincent (So.), Antwuan Jackson (RS-Jr.)

    Breakdown: Undoubtedly, the loss of Dre'Mont Jones will be tough to overcome. It's rare for defensive tackles to disrupt offenses as often as he wreaked havoc.

    However, Larry Johnson has quite a few options to make up for his loss.

    Robert Landers will likely start at nose tackle as a redshirt senior, though Hamilton could push him for that position. Hamilton was largely used as a nose tackle in the fall, but since he'll be a fifth-year senior, Johnson could be tempted to use him at three-technique to help replace Jones.

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    Beyond Hamilton, who has an edge in experience, Ohio State has a few other options who pushed for playing time last season and will do so again this spring.

    Garrett, a 6-foot-2, 293-pound defensive tackle, enters his third year in the program after joining the Buckeyes as a top-75 recruit from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. He played the fourth-most defensive tackle snaps in the fall, behind Jones, Landers and Hamilton. Though Garrett doesn't have Jones' pass-rush acumen, Johnson named him as someone who could "surprise" in the 2019 season.

    Vincent, now a 6-foot-2, 288-pound sophomore, was a five-star prospect and the top-rated defensive tackle in his class. He played 98 snaps as a true freshman and will be in the mix this spring. Jackson was a highly regarded junior-college transfer but played only 24 snaps in 2018.

    Jones won't be easily replaceable, and Johnson will likely use a rotation. But there's a bevy of inexperienced, yet talented players who have a chance to step up this spring.
     
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    This room is freakin loaded with talent. Nuff said.
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    Even with Jones gone.... I'm not saying anyone can replace his skillset but I don't think that'll be a position that takes a step back....
     
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    Defensive Tackle

    The candidates: Jashon Cornell (RS-Sr.), Haskell Garrett (RS-So.), Taron Vincent (So.)

    Leader: Jashon Cornell

    Breakdown: Before spring practice began, the public didn't know the current frontrunner to start at defensive tackle alongside Robert Landers even played the position.

    Jashon Cornell, who played defensive end last season, moved back inside for his fifth year of college to the position he feels most comfortable playing. With Chase Young, Jonathon Cooper, Tyreke Smith and a bundle of other freshman and sophomore defensive ends pushing for playing time, Cornell left a crowded situation. And though he entered a similarly deep position, with Garrett and Vincent in line for more playing time, he finds himself at the top of the depth chart as spring football ends.

    With Garrett and Vincent also both in line to take more snaps than they had last season, this position battle is certainly not over. But it's also not the most important on the team.

    Larry Johnson will rotate all three 3-technique defensive tackles. At the moment, Vincent appears to be above Garrett on the depth chart since he played on Team Scarlet with the first-team defense while Garrett played for Team Gray. But that could change by the time the season begins.
     
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    Defensive Line: Tyreke Smith appears to be next off Larry Johnson's assembly line of defensive ends
    Larry Johnson has earned deserved praise from his ability to turn highly regarded recruits into productive college players who eventually become NFL draft picks, and Tyreke Smith could be next.

    Smith had a spot on the vaunted Rushmen package as a true freshman, but his role was relatively limited. Expect Johnson to let him loose in the fall.

    During the coaches' clinic the day before the spring game, Johnson specifically called out Smith as someone who he thinks has a chance to be special. Smith will likely join Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper atop the defensive end depth chart, and his pass-rushing skills should be an asset.
     
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