Posey played in 12 of Ohio State's 13 games as a true freshman, catching 11 passes for 117 yards before becoming the Buckeyes' leading receiver as a sophomore (60-828-8). He finished second to senior Dane Sanzenbacher in 2010 (53-848-7), but still earned honorable-mention All-Big 10 mention from league coaches.
Posey was one of the team's four potential top 50 picks (QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Dan Herron, OT Mike Adams) who will sit the first five games of the 2011 season for selling championship and general game memorabilia. Scouts already have enough film on Posey, however, to see how his vertical game will test NFL defenses. He'll need to pass the speed and hands tests before teams see him as an elite receiver, but even five strong games and a strong Combine could put him in that category.
Release: Good quickness off the line, first three steps get him on his way to top speed. Has size and quickness to get off NFL press but must prove he can use his hands, as he did not often face strong jam.
Hands: Generally reliable receiver, capable of making difficult catches in traffic over the middle or one-on-one down the sideline. Tracks passes over either shoulder on deep routes, snatches from the air and continues on his path to the end zone. Adjusts to poor throws in any direction. Inconsistent high-pointing passes, possesses strong hands and good vertical to get the job done but often waits for ball instead. Allows too many throws into his body when facing the quarterback, though he can get his hands out in front to make the catch. Dropped a few passes during his career, a couple for certain scores.
Route Running: Effective on vertical routes, strides downfield and has a quick cut to separate on skinny post. Flashes foot quickness for out and comeback routes, as well. Finds his way through traffic on crossing routes to present a target. Comes back to the ball to help his scrambling quarterback. Does not own elite speed, strides past college defenders and creates separation with his arms before jump balls and fade routes.
After the Catch: Flashes fair elusiveness after the catch, but his long, leggy build makes it difficult for him to be elite in the category. Best on vertical routes where he can make a quick shake to avoid tacklers on the run. Loops inside on comeback routes to shake off his man but needs time to accelerate to break off a long run. Used on bubble screens despite his size as he can sidestep and stiff arm first defender to make him miss. Freezes at times when trying to juke defenders in space.
Blocking: Gives effort as a blocker for run plays and to help ballcarriers get additional yardage downfield. Fails to reach corners playing off, but will seek out another defender if one is in his area. Walls off, rather than dominates, his man, allowing them to shed to make the play outside.
Intangibles: Brother, Julian, played cornerback at Ohio University. Suspended by NCAA for first five games of 2011 for selling championship and game memorabilia. Taking leadership role with young receivers since he won't be on the field the first half of the season."
Is really raw off the line when asked to eat up the cushion and stem his route. Too often skips off the snap, slowing himself off the line and really starts to drift prematurely into his breaks. Displays some natural balance on sharply breaking routes running/accelerating through the break, but rounds off his route significantly and wastes a lot of motion because of it.
There isn’t much of a sharp snap to his game even when trying to drive defenders off the football and work the comeback, isn’t real detailed oriented, will open up the wrong shoulder at times and drifts away from the quarterback.
Also, gets leggy out of his breaks on any kind of double move route and doesn’t generate much explosion when trying to separate. Now, does have a somewhat explosive element to his game vertically. Doesn’t quite have the deep speed to consistently outpace NFL corners on the outside, but plays fast, tracks the football well and can routinely adjust to the throw.
Displays good body control/coordination when asked to go make a play on the football in jump ball situations and can make some stellar grabs off his frame. However, concentration runs hot and cold as he too often allows throws to get into his body and he will put the ball on the ground. Will miss the first five games of the season for being part of the Ohio State scandal where he was said to have sold memorabilia for benefits.
Impression: Possesses some natural talent and can make plays down the field and track the football. However, he’s raw as a route runner, puts the ball on the ground and will have a tough time vs. press in the NFL. Doesn’t look like much more than an occasional big play threat who needs to work inside at the next level."
Route Running: Posey is one of the top route runners in the 2012 NFL Draft. He is quick in and out of breaks. He is a savvy route runner that finds openings in zone and instinctively knows when to sit down in coverage. The crispness of his routes suggests a solid work ethic as he’s well beyond his years in this area.
After the Catch: DeVier Posey didn’t run across the middle much at OSU as he was used primarily in the vertical game. He does have an impressive size/speed combo that would suggest he could be dangerous in the open field. On the rare occasions that he got the ball in space he was tough to bring down. He has average vision as a runner and I wouldn’t expect him to be a big time threat for YAC in the NFL.
Athleticism: Posey isn’t an elite athlete but he’s no slouch. The former track runner has good football speed but not elite speed for the position. His size, strength, and body control are impressive and should get him some looks early in the draft.
Bottom Line: The 2011 season was pretty much a wash for DeVier Posey. NCAA sanctions took 10 games from Posey’s senior season. He will have to answer some questions about those sanctions and the fact that he was a repeat offender. Posey is a guy that most have forgotten about due to not throwing up huge numbers. Let’s face it Terrelle Pryor wasn’t exactly the most accurate QB and Posey bailed him out consistently on errant passes. I like Posey more than most and think he’s an early day two selection in April. He will have to catch the ball more consistently if he wants to hang around in the NFL for awhile.
Draft Projection: I have him as an early second round pick but most project him as a 3rd-4th round prospect."
Tracks well, adjusts and shows good body control to snatch throws away from his frame.
However, explosiveness is just average and needs to get stronger.
Is suspended for the first five games of the season for receiving improper benefits."
If Ohio State's quarterback play suffers due to inexperience, Posey will have a hard time making plays over the top.
Posey is by no means a great NFL Draft prospect, but he's good in most areas. He profiles as a good No. 2 wide receiver at the next level.
Games Viewed: (all 2010) Miami, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, Arkansas
Bold Statement: Because he's not a physical specimen and has inconsistent hands, Posey probably won't get taken in the 50 picks in the draft.
• Posey excels on comeback routes and shallow crossing patterns. His specialty, though, is running vertical routes, despite not having elite speed.
• He's a little inconsistent in and out of his breaks and needs to learn how fire quicker on his cuts.
• Gets off the line smoothly. Posey has quick feet and is strong enough to beat the jam.
• Knows how to get himself open with body control and positioning.
• Has displayed good hands at times catching the ball away from his frame. Still, Posey is a wide receiver who too frequently drop easy passes (see the Iowa game last season when he dropped a wide open touchdown pass).
• Sees the ball in nicely over his shoulder on cervical passes.
• Has a game that is similar to that of Steve Smith of the New York Giants. Posey has a lot of nice pieces in his game, but he's not a top-level prospect in any area.
• Routinely bailed out Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor by making difficult catches away from his body."
Has excellent size with long arms and can be a mismatch for smaller corners, but is not all that physical beating the jam; also tends to round off routes; lacks sprinter speed, but is a long strider that plays faster than he times;
Also tracks the ball well, has good body control and can adjust to the ball in the air; can make the spectacular catch in traffic, but also lets too many passes into his body; one of several Buckeyes suspended for the first 5 games of the year for accepting improper benefits."