Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kenny Guiton gets a big chance

Kenny Guiton threw more passes Saturday than he did in Ohio State's final four games.

Guiton attempted four passes in the first half of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif.  He completed one.

The meager numbers are irrelevant when examining Guiton. He was invited to the showcase event despite finding himself behind Braxton Miller on the Buckeyes' depth chart the past two seasons.

Guiton presents NFL scouts with a conundrum.  He completed 75 of 109 passes for 749 yards as a senior, performing admirably when Miller missed three games because of a knee injury. A case could be made that Guiton ranked among the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten, a conference devoid of impact offensive talent. But Guiton hasn't led a team for an entire season since high school.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Guiton looks like he would fit alongside NFL quarterbacks. His father is an assistant coach at Eisenhower (Texas) High School, which gives Guiton a desirable football background. ranks Guiton as the 22nd best quarterback in the 2014 draft class. Guiton didn't help or hurt his stock Saturday because four passes isn't a substantial sample size.

It's unlikely Guiton receives an invitation to next month's NFL Scouting Combine. Matt Cassel backed up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinhart at USC and didn't receive an invitation to the 2005 combine. The Patriots, though, scouted USC heavily and used a seventh-round pick on the 6-foot-4 Cassel, who has appeared in 87 NFL games with the Patriots, Chiefs and Vikings.

Guiton, like Cassel, played for a big-time college program. The Ohio State brand helped Guiton land a spot in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The brand might be enough to convince an NFL team to invite Guiton to training camp.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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