Taylor Decker becomes fourth Buckeye off the board, gets picked by Lions
Surely the guy who helped pave the way for Ezekiel Elliott’s historic college career would have his fair share of NFL suitors.
As expected, Decker joined the list of Buckeye first-rounders and was picked No. 16 overall by the Detroit Lions. He was the fourth OSU player picked, to be exact.
After Michigan State’s Jack Conklin, Decker was the second B1G offensive tackle selected and fourth overall to be picked in the draft.
Decker, who elected to come back for his senior season, certainly improved his draft stock in 2015. He anchored the left tackle spot and fueled the B1G’s top rushing attack. A consensus All-American, Decker started in 42 games for the Buckeyes.
His versatility could help him crack the rotational immediately in the NFL. The 2015 B1G Offensive Lineman of the Year spent his last two seasons at left tackle, but he started his sophomore season at right tackle.
It remains to be seen what position Decker will play in 2016 and beyond in the NFL. He’ll look to provide stability blocking for quarterback Matt Stafford, who was sacked more than anybody in the last three years.
The Buckeyes are now two players away from tying Miami (FL)’s record for first-round picks in one draft. Darron Lee, Vonn Bell and Mike Thomas are still on the board, too.