Number: #85 | Hometown: Riverside, CA | Ht: 6037 | Wt: 247 | Forty: 4.70E | Arm: 3334 | Hand: 0934
He possesses pro size/speed attributes. Tends to find the open seam in the defense and does an excellent job adjusting to badly thrown balls. Was the most athletic tight end participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Had a strong week of practice blocking and made a strong impression with tight end coach Anthony Becht. He goes down rather easily—would like to see him fight for the extra yardage after the catch. He was cited for underage drinking twice during his redshirt freshman year and suspended from the team each time (he would later graduate with a degree in criminology five years later). Appeared in 52 games during his Buckeyes career, starting 29 and finished with at least one catch in 23 of his final 24 games. His toughness was on full display during his junior season, when he dislocated his right shoulder and suffered a torn labrum in training camp. He played the entire season though the injuries and had surgery during that offseason. A bone issue kept him in a walking boot for several weeks during the start of his senior year. The Ohio State offense doesn’t incorporate the tight end much into the passing attack, so his numbers are not going to jump off the stat page but this player brings high energy and effort, putting him in the mix as a potential day three draft candidate based on his on-field talents. How teams view his off-filed incidients and medical report will vary from team to team. There is no doubt he has NFL tools.
Ohio State Overview: Marcus Baugh was a four-year letterman for the Buckeyes who played in 52 games and started 29 times, including 12 times as a senior. He played in 12 games during the Buckeyes 2014 national championship season and he was a part of bowl victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Oregon (CFB national championship game), Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame) and Cotton Bowl (USC). He also was on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. Baugh finished his career with totals of 55 receptions for 607 yards and eight touchdowns. He was one of two Buckeyes to catch a pass in every game in 2017 and he had at least one reception in 23 of his last 24 games played. His fine senior campaign included 28 receptions for 303 yards and five touchdowns, and huge plays vs. Penn State (game-winning TD reception with 1:48 to play covering 16 yards) and Michigan (game-tying, 25-yard TD reception). Baugh graduated in December 2017 with his degree in criminology.
High School: Baugh was a consensus four-star prospect as a high school senior and a Top 150 player overall, including a No. 73 ranking on the final Scout 100, a No. 102 ranking on the ESPN 150 and a 148 ranking on the final Rivals 250. Also considered among the Top 3 tight end prospects in his recruiting class (Scout and 247Sports). He caught a combined 68 passes for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior and senior for John W. North High School and coach Mark Parades.
HONORS & AWARDS
- 2017: Graduated in December (Criminology), Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
- 2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
- Notable: Baugh ranks ninth at Ohio State in receptions by a tight end with 55 and he ranks seventh in touchdown receptions by a tight end with eight.
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