Former Ohio State OL Pat Elflein picked early in third round

Pat Elflein is going to feel right at home in the NFL. The former Ohio State offensive lineman will start his professional career in B1G country.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Elflein No. 70 overall. He became the sixth Buckeye to come off the board in the draft.

Elflein was Ohio State’s anchor the last three seasons. The consensus All-American earned the 2016 Rimington Award after making the switch from guard to center.

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The B1G Offensive Lineman of the Year could’ve easily left for the NFL last year, but he elected to return to school for his senior season. He helped the Buckeyes finish with the B1G’s top scoring offense.

Elflein started every game in his final three seasons in Columbus, all of which finished with a New Year’s Six bowl. He helped pave the way for three 1,000-yard rushers in those seasons as a starter.

His selection marked the fifth time in the last six years that Ohio State had at least one offensive lineman drafted.

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