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Thayer Munford
2017-2018 Football Profile
Freshman - Offensive Tackle
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Thayer Munford
Home Town: Massillon, Ohio
School: Washington
Height: 6-6
Weight: 343
Forty Yard: 5.54
Vertical Leap: 24.0
Shuttle Time: 4.89
247Sports Scout Rivals ESPN 247Comp
4-Star #26 OT
4-Star #22 OT
3-Star #41 OT
4-Star #39 OT
4-Star #28 OT
Missed much of season due to transfer from Cincinnati LaSalle

The Player
Munford is a 6-foot-6 343-pound offensive tackle out of Massillon, Ohio. He is rated as the No. 28 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 14 prospect out of the state of Ohio. While I don’t expect Munford to come in and make a difference in year one at Ohio State, he has the size and strength to be a force for the Buckeye offensive line when his playing time comes.

The Comparison
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a big film watcher of offensive lineman, but when I watch Munford I see a bit of Mike Adams in him. Adams came into Ohio State as a highly rated recruit (5-star) in 2008 and he played sparingly his first two seasons before becoming a full time starter his junior year. He was quite a force to be reckoned with from what I remember, and excelled in run blocking more so than pass protection. While I don’t think that Munford sees the field as early or as often as Adams did at Ohio State, if he is able to replicate what he did for the Buckeyes then it will be a late offer well worth it.

The Fit
Munford brings size and strength to the Ohio State offensive line, and getting in one of the top strength and conditioning programs in the world will only help that. His size and strength are certainly an asset in run blocking, but he could use some refinement in pass protection. He will likely remain at tackle during his college career and should fit in nicely on the offensive line when his number is called for the Buckeyes.

The Depth Chart
While the Ohio State offensive line looks to be set for this coming year, it will lose Billy Price and Jamarco Jones off the roster next year, and possibly others. We haven’t seen the last of the transfers yet either, so that will play into how the depth chart looks come fall practice. He is likely not going to be on the two-deep until possibly his junior year, unless he has a Michael Jordan-type camp. We didn’t see anything out of last year’s freshman class other than Jordan, and we probably won’t this coming season either as it is hard to get playing time on the line in your first year.

The Future
The future is certainly bright for Munford as he has all the intangibles to be a dominant offensive lineman for Ohio State for years to come. He has to continue to grow as a pass blocker, as he seems to do very well in the run game. The Buckeyes have done well developing offensive lineman under Urban Meyer and that trend looks to continue with Thayer Munford. — Ben van Ooyen

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