NFLDraftScout.com tabs record seven Buckeyes in first round
Six for the tie, seven for the win.
Those words will likely be on the minds of Ohio State fans, players and coaches when the NFL draft rolls around this April.
If NFLDraftScout.com has anything to say about it, the Buckeyes will indeed break the first-round selections record set by Miami (FL) in 2004. NFL Draft Scout senior analyst Dane Brugler tabbed seven players from Ohio State in the first round of his latest mock draft.
Surprisingly, that didn’t include the likes of Mike Thomas or Adolphus Washington, both of whom have appeared in first rounds of mock drafts before. That also didn’t include former Buckeye Noah Spence, who Brugler has slotted at No. 8 overall.
The only other B1G team with representation on his big board was Michigan State, which had both Jack Conklin and Connor Cook as first-round selections first round.
Here’s what Brugler had to say about each B1G selection:
3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
San Diego ranked near the bottom of the league in pass rush production in 2015 and need to address the position in the draft. Although some will say he belongs in a four-man front, Bosa is scheme versatile with skill-set and instincts to be a disruptive force from different spots on the defensive line.
10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Similar to the Rams last year, who drafted Todd Gurley 10th overall, the running back position isn’t the top need on the Giants’ roster. But it’s tough to pass on dynamic players who will impact the team from day one. And like Gurley this past season, Elliott would do just that in New York.
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Decker is a plug-and-play option on the offensive line, which would address the Lions’ issues at right tackle. With Calvin Johnson possibly retiring, keep an eye on Laquon Treadwell to Detroit if he lasts this far.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
The Colts need more speed on defense and Lee is one of the most athletic linebackers in this draft class. A high school quarterback, he is still developing his technique and discipline, but has high upside due to his natural athleticism and instincts.
22. Houston Texans: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
The Texans won the South Division with below average quarterback play and as Bill O’Brien enters year three as head coach, he needs to find a young passer to groom (and no, Tom Savage doesn’t count). Connor Cook has his issues and might not have a high ceiling, but he’s ready to start in the NFL now.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu set to hit free agency, the Bengals could have a need at receiver this off-season. A former quarterback, Miller, who grew up about an hour outside of Cincinnati, is still very raw as a wideout, but his special athleticism was on display at the Senior Bowl.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
All 32 teams need cornerback help, but maybe none more than the Steelers. Apple tends to play too hands-on downfield, but for a 20-year old prospect, he has the size and speed to develop into an impact starter.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Seattle has several question marks on the offensive line, including the future of Russell Okung who is in a contract year. Conklin isn’t the most athletic player, but he plays with patience and power to win the point of attack and control speed rushers.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Vonn Bell, DS, Ohio State
The Cardinals need pass rush help, but with Rashad Johnson set to hit free agency and Tyrann Mathieu coming off an injury, Bell would help address a few questions in the secondary.