Brandon Saine - Ohio St. (HT: 6-1 - WT: 219) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 27 of 30
Positives: Excellent combination of size and speed, former track star and one of the fastest players on the Ohio State roster... Runs hard, lowers his shoulders and gets up field in a hurry... Good in pass protection, does a great job of clipping defenders... Solid receiver out of the backfield... Has experience running routes out of the backfield and does a good job getting in and out of his cuts... High potential because of his size and speed, should rise in post season workouts.
Negatives: Has not lived up to his potential... Seems to gear down in the open field when making cuts, struggles to change direction at full speed... Below average field vision and awareness, doesn't always know where he's supposed to go... Constantly running into or past his blockers, doesn't way for plays to develop... Has a long list of nagging injuries, had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2007, a hamstring injury in 2008, and sat out a game in 2009 due to a concussion... Really fell off the map as a senior, was expected to build off his junior campaign, but only saw 26 carries in Ohio State's final eight games... Does not have experience returning punts or kicks... Struggled to be much more than a versatile third down back for Ohio State, only scored nine rushing touchdowns in his four years for the Buckeyes.
(January 28) --
The week of Senior Bowl practices are over, but more coverage is on the way.
We have posted notes and observations from both the North and South Thursday practices as well as transcripts from the Thursday press conferences.
Also posted is a Week in Review from the week's practices. Refer to the tabs above for full coverage. We'll have all the action coming to you from Saturday's game as well.