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01/08/18 - Ohio State junior Jerome Baker, an athletic linebacker with first-round potential, announced Monday he is entering the NFL Draft. NFLDraftScout.com lists him as the top outside linebacker in the junior class with a first- or second-round grade. Baker, however, was a bit disappointing this season, when he made 72 tackles, including eight for loss and three sacks. NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang wrote of Baker: "Quick passes to backs and tight ends are forcing defensive coordinators to find athletic linebackers who can cover with many willing to sacrifice size for speed. Because of this fact, Baker has a chance to earn an early selection. "That said, one shouldn't have to search for linebackers on tape and all too often that has been the case with Baker. No one denies that he possesses rare athleticism for the position -- including agility and straight-line speed -- but those traits must be complemented by greater awareness and take-on strength if Baker is to live up to the success of the Ohio State linebackers who preceded him."
Baker (6-1, 225) made 83 tackles as a sophomore, including 9.5 for loss and three sacks, and picked off two passes. His ability to cover, which should be a strength, will be scrutinized as he goes through the draft process. According to Rang, Baker "fails to consistently provide an initial pop to backs and tight ends, allowing receivers free release and immediate separation in man coverage. Though he is fast enough to recover, Baker too often turns back to steal looks at the quarterback, inexplicably losing track of his coverage responsibilities." He is the third Ohio State player to leave early this offseason, joining cornerback Denzel Ward and defensive end Sam Hubbard. - The Sports Xchange
12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Jerome Baker,...Ohio State Buckeyes who earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors include: Sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette, Junior linebacker Jerome Baker, Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes and Senior linebacker Chris Worley. - Ohio State Football
12/05/17 - Dec 5 Stock Report, A look at NFL prospects who helped themselves over championship weekend: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State, JR. (6-1, 225, 4.62, #17)...Thought to be in consideration before the season as the first linebacker drafted, Baker didn't live up to that hype for much of his junior season with below-average performances in several key games, most notably the Iowa loss. However, he played arguably his best game of the season in the win over Wisconsin, giving the Buckeyes their first Big Ten title since 2014. The only player to finish with double-digit tackles, Baker posted 16 tackles, including two for loss and one sack, and did a much better job in coverage.
Wisconsin isn't known for their downfield passing attack, making the Ohio State linebackers the key to limiting a powerful run game, as well as the fullback/tight end targets in the short-to-intermediate passing game. The OSU linebackers, led by Baker, did just that as the Badgers' offense managed only one touchdown. Although he will benefit from getting stronger and speeding up his mental processor, Baker has the athleticism and aggressive nature that are solid building blocks for a starting NFL linebacker. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/07/17 - Nov 7 Stock Report: Who hurt themselves? Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State, JR. (6-1, 225, 4.62, #17)...Pegged as the next Ryan Shazier or Darron Lee, Baker appeared poised for a breakout junior season, but his play hasn't lived up to expectations -- and that was especially evident in Ohio State's loss to Iowa. While there is no questioning his athleticism and potential, the mental part of the game hasn't shown the same development, playing too reactionary without the anticipation and processor that it takes to play the position at a high level. Baker puts himself in position to make plays, making contact with the ball carrier, but too often he fails to finish and misses the tackle. He can be too easily moved by blockers near the line of scrimmage and receivers are able to gain free release, gaining immediate separation in man coverage. There is no question that he is dripping with potential and natural ability, but he won't reach his football ceiling unless he competes with more grit and conviction, which is a must to play linebacker in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/02/17 - LB Jerome Baker possesses a relatively slim build for a linebacker and it goes without saying that he is a raw, unfinished product, albeit one with a great upside. While alert and aggressive to slip blocks and attack, Baker struggles to disengage, lacking strength and hand technique. His tackles Saturday against Penn State were more of the drag-down variety. Finally, he was correctly flagged for pass interference for getting too grabby and failing to locate the ball in the second quarter. -- Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com