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We take a look at what former 5-star recruits are currently the best players on Ohio State’s roster.

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Who are the best players on the team Wisconsin is playing in any given week? We aim to find out and give you mini scouting reports on them so you can sound smart talking to your friends by saying “well, actually...” and then whatever smart thing we tell you. You’re welcome in advance for being the go-to friend in your group for Ohio State football knowledge.

Obviously the Buckeyes have a lot of talented players, so picking out their top two was a bit of a challenge. But, we think we did a pretty good job. Also, you can basically just close your eyes and throw a dart at their roster and it’ll hit a player that will be one of the best at their position in the conference. So do that if you disagree with these selections.

Best Offensive Player: RB J.K. Dobbins, junior, No. 2

J.K. Dobbins had a down year in 2018, 230 carries for 1053 yards and 10 touchdowns. I hope you laughed reading that like I did writing it. While Dobbins’ yards per carry dropped from 7.2 to 4.6 last season, look for the Buckeyes’ best runner to improve his numbers again in 2019 with the help of a running quarterback in former Georgia Bulldog Justin Fields.

Dobbins isn’t a real home run threat, he’ll likely run somewhere in the low 4.6s in Indianapolis, but he’s a thickly built, compact runner who uses his vision and balance to get yards after contact which mitigates his lack of sprinter’s speed. He’ll give the Badgers, and every other team on Ohio State’s schedule, plenty of problems this fall.

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Best Defensive Player: EDGE Chase Young, junior, No. 2

Have you guys ever seen the movie Predator?

That is the best way I can describe Chase Young. The dreadlocked, bodybuilder-esque pass rusher is a popular top-5 selection in most “Way Too Early” mock drafts, and for good reason.

Young forced his way onto the field as a true freshman, and in his first year as a starter last year had 9.5 sacks. The 6’5” 265 lbs. behemoth will present most of the challenges that the Badgers, or any team for that matter, will want their right tackle to have to deal with all season.