Ranking And Projecting The Ohio State 2018 NFL Draft Prospects

Ranking And Projecting The Ohio State 2018 NFL Draft Prospects

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Ranking And Projecting The Ohio State 2018 NFL Draft Prospects


The NFL Draft is right around the corner, and per usual, Ohio State has a bushel of kids ready to be a part of all the fun. Here’s a ranking of where each potential Buckeye will go.


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Ranking And Projecting The Ohio State 2018 NFL Draft Prospects

Death, taxes, and Ohio State football players showing up in force in the NFL Draft. They’re all givens.

The 2018 version of the NFL Draft is no different, with several key members of last year’s Big Ten champions slated to hear their name called at some point in the draft.

We’ve got you covered as far as who and where all the Buckeyes are projected to go.

1. Denzel Ward, Cornerback

Ward is by far the star of the Buckeye class. He is a lock to go in the first round, and may be among the first ten players picked. It doesn’t hurt that he put up huge numbers at the combine.

Projection:

First Round, No. 9, San Francisco 49ers

2. Billy Price, Center

The center position can be at a premium in the NFL. Prior to the injury Price suffered in the combine, he was a fringe first rounder. It’s still possible, but he’s more likely going to go somewhere in the second round.

Projection:

Second Round, No. 36, Minnesota Vikings

3. Jamarco Jones, Offensive Tackle

While some of the other Buckeyes have moved down in recent mock predictions, Jones is gaining steam and has shown up in the second round in a lot of draft projections. A good tackle can anchor a line, and you didn’t hear Jones giving up much on Barrett’s blind-side in college.

Projection:

Second Round, No. 56, Buffalo Bills

4. Sam Hubbard, Defensive End

Hubbard has gone from a late first rounder in a lot of mock drafts all the way down to the third round in some now because of concerns about his speed. Edge pass rushers are hard to find, and the game film says Hubbard comes off the edge well.

Projection:

Second Round, No. 57, Tennessee Titans

5. Jerome Baker, Linebacker

Baker is all over the place on various mock draft boards and that’s largely because he’s still a work in progress with a high ceiling. I’ve seen anywhere from late second round all the way to the fifth, and I think it’s more the former rather than the latter because of his athletic ability. It’ll translate well to today’s NFL coverages.

Projection:

Third Round, No. 74, San Francisco 49ers

6. Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End

I believe Lewis is undervalued at the moment, and there’s a team out there that will mine for gold on this one. He’s a potential star in the right system and I think he goes by the end of the second day.

Projection:

Third Round, No. 75, Oakland Raiders

7. Jalyn Holmes, Defensive End

As is normally the case, as we get further down the list, the opinions and mocks vary widely from the second round all the way to the seventh. Holmes got overshadowed a bit on a great defensive line last year in Columbus, but he has the skill set that could translate well to the NFL.

Projection:

Fifth Round, No. 139, New Orleans Saints

8. Damon Webb, Safety

Webb has started to appear in some of the mock drafts that he was not a part of in previous releases. I think the fact that he comes from a school that has produced a crop of solid defensive backs will help his stock.

Projection:

Fifth Round, No. 154, Baltimore Ravens

9. J.T. Barrett, Quarterback

Unfortunately for Barrett, he had mixed results at the NFL combine that did little to sway the perception of accuracy issues. Plus he’s undersized for a prototypical NFL QB. He’s a leader among leaders and someone will give him a shot, but it is more likely to be with an invite rather than the draft.

Projection:

Undrafted Free Agent

10. Marcus Baugh, Tight End

Baugh was just not used much at Ohio State, and he didn’t put up the kind of numbers in his workouts to jump out and compensate for that. He too will likely get a shot, and it’ll probably be outside of the draft.

Projection:

Undrafted Free Agent

10. Chris Worley, Linebacker

Worley is hoping to have his name called, but he too will probably be waiting on a phone call after the draft. He was a solid contributor for Ohio State at linebacker, but needs to be more consistent.

Projection:

Undrafted Free Agent

 

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