Tracking Ohio State Football Players In The 2018 NFL Draft

Tracking Ohio State Football Players In The 2018 NFL Draft

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Tracking Ohio State Football Players In The 2018 NFL Draft


It’s time for the NFL Draft to take over our television sets again, and once again Ohio State figures to have plenty of players’ names called. We’ve got you covered tracking all the picks here at Buckeye Wire.


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Tracking Ohio State Football Players In The 2018 NFL Draft

At Ohio State, the NFL Draft takes on significance seen a few programs across the country. By all weights and measures, the Buckeye program is a top five draft producer on an almost yearly basis.

Urban Meyer has kept with that tradition since coming back home to the Great State of Ohio, and once again figures to churn out more than a handful of players that are ready for the next level.

Stay with us throughout the draft as we track the progress of the players taken off the board from Ohio State beginning Thursday night right here, updated real-time.

Denzel Ward, Cornerback

Drafted by the Cleveland Browns, No. 4 overall – First Round

Ward was widely considered the best cornerback in the draft, and as expected, he is the first one taken off the board. He struggled early in his career, and even early in the season in 2017, but solidified himself as a lock-down guy as the season progressed.

He has great closing speed and ball skills — often finding the ball at its highest peak — and making plays on 50/50 balls. He ran the fastest time of any DB in the combine and it really set him apart. Ohio State has turned out highly productive corners through the most recent years and he figures to be thee next good one at the next level.

Billy Price, Center

Drafted by the Bengals, No. 21 overall – First Round

Dec 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes center Billy Price (54) in action against the Southern California Trojans in the 2017 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

You should be familiar with Billy Price by now. He was the Rimington Trophy winner from 2017 — given to the nation’s most outstanding center, and it was well deserved. He was the captain of the line, never took a play off, and is as cerebral a player as you’ll find.

There’s always that one player each year that Urban Meyer has glowing remarks about, and last year it was Price who shuffled down the line to play center at a high level after Pat Elflein won it in 2017 and graduated. Price is overcoming a partial tear to one of his pectoral muscles, but he should be ready to go when fall rolls around for whatever NFL team takes him. He is a two-time All-American.

Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End

Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, No.64 overall – 2nd Round

Tyquan Lewis is a freakish athlete that has a high ceiling. Truth be known, he was expected to put up huge numbers this year, but Ohio State’s defensive line was so good, it was a domination by committee type of approach, and one where Lewis got plenty of action, but didn’t dominate in the big moments like he was expected to do.

Still, make no mistake about the fact that he has a tremendous upside, and there will be a team out there that falls in love with the size speed and measureables he possesses. That played out to be true as the Colts passed on Sam Hubbard to take Lewis in front of him. You better believe they believe they got a diamond in the rough here that will develop and be a load for years to come.

Jerome Baker, Linebacker

Drafted by the Miami Dolphins, No. 73 overall – 3rd Round

Oct 28, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker (17) reacts against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the second half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Jerome Baker is one of the most athletic linebackers you’ll come across. He goes to the ball like he’s shot out of a cannon and is adept at making big plays. He was originally a backup on the two-deep, but when he got an opportunity because of injury, his play kept him on the field, and he’s been on it for two-straight years now.

He may be a bit undersized, but in today’s NFL and the way the game is going, he will fit in nicely as teams get lighter and quicker to compensate for a game that is going more and more towards the passing game. Miami feels like they got the type of player that can fly around the field and make plays.

Sam Hubbard, Defensive End

Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, No. 77 overall – Third Round

Turn on Ohio State game film in some of the biggest of games and you’ll see Mr. Hubbard making big play after big play. The former lacrosse player converted to football and is a tireless worker with a quick jump and lean, athletic body for a defensive end. He has an ability to maneuver around larger offensive lineman.

Before the combine, Hubbard was thought to be a late first round pick, but then question surfaced about his speed when he ran a less than desirable 40-yard dash. Those questions lingered after Ohio State pro-day and now here are. There’s game speed and clock speed though, and Hubbard has shown the quickness and agility he has on the football field. He’ll be fine at the next level.

Jalyn Holmes, Defensive End

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, No. 102 overall – Fourth Round

They grow defensive ends on Buckeye trees in Columbus, and so it goes with another one being taken in the draft in 2018. Like most of the ends Urban Meyer has recruited, Holmes is a superior athlete with above average fast-twitch muscle movements and can beat his man by using his superior athletic ability.

Much like other defensive ends on the team however, since there were so many high-level guys, his numbers didn’t exactly jump out at you, and that might be the reason it took until the fourth round for someone to pick him up. However, once again, this is another lean and athletic defensive lineman out of Ohio State that has a high ceiling and could even roam the field as a linebacker from time to time if needed in the right system.

Jamarco Jones, Offensive Tackle

Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, No. 168 overall – Fifth Round

You haven’t really heard Jamarco Jones name called too often in football games, but that’s a good thing when you’re talking about a guy responsible for protecting the blind-side of quarterback J.T. Barrett.

At 6-5, 310 lbs., Jones is big and powerful enough to fire off the line on the running game, but technically sound enough to be great in pass protection as well. He has been the anchor of the Ohio State offensive line for a couple of years now, and could be an underrated pick for a team looking to solidify things up front.

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