Brian Hartline, WR, Ohio State

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Brian Hartline, WR, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:33 am

Brian Hartline
6-2/193 Ohio State
4.49 Junior

Pros: He has decent hands and speed. Can stretch the field vertically. Has ability as a punt returner.

Cons: Drops too many passe and has questionable concentration. Tends to play soft and gets outmuscled for ball. Shies away from contact and won't go over the middle.

Overview: A speed guy that it was a questionable decision for him to go pro. Although he was probably on the verge of losing his starting job. Also seemingly didn't mesh with Terrelle Pryor as the QB. Had only 21 catches this past year after 52 in 2007 with Boeckman. Took a punt to the house as a sophomore.
NFL FOrecast: He might have a future on special teams, but that is it. His speed makes him an option as a gunner on special teams, but he's not going to be much of a factor on offense. Teams may like his vertical speed, but he's a one-dimensional player that was never a significant factor in Ohio State's offense. He's not good or consistent enough to be a playmaker offensively. Maybe a team gives him a shot as a return man, where he could make a decent kickoff or punt returner. But other than special teams, he provides little in the NFL.

ATL Forecast: He'd only add help on special teams, with the chance to help in coverage and on returns. But gives nothing offensively. At this point, the only real hope is that he's a faster version of Jimmy Farris.

Value: Not worth a draft pick, but a team should bring him to camp to see if he can stick on special teams.
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