There was talk that Vonn Bell could give Ohio State a tie with Miami for the most players selected in the first round.

That didn’t happen. But Bell did help the Buckeyes tie a different mark.

With the news that the All-American safety went No. 61 overall to the New Orleans Saints, Ohio State tied the record for most players selected in the first two rounds with seven.

Bell became the seventh Buckeye to go off the board, and the second to go to New Orleans. An hour earlier, OSU teammate Mike Thomas was picked by the Saints.

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The Saints had major holes on the defensive side of the ball. They’ll get one of the most accomplished defensive backs in the draft in Bell.

As a sophomore, Bell led the B1G in interceptions and was a key piece of the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff run. He earned first-team All-America honors in his last season in Columbus.

Bell was part of a long list of Buckeye defensive backs to be drafted in the Urban Meyer era. His teammate Eli Apple already went No. 10 overall on Thursday. Bell became the fifth Buckeye defensive back drafted in the last five years.

With his selection, the Buckeyes halfway to tying their 2004 record of 14 players drafted.