For two former Buckeyes, they will get the chance to reunite as rookies in the NFL.

Though one might have waited longer than anticipated, defensive lineman Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Baron Browning were both selected in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Browning was the first of the pair off the board with the 105th overall selection in the third round.

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Cooper had to wait until the seventh round and was selected with the No. 239 overall pick of the draft. Though waiting until the seventh round might not have been enjoyable, it does not sound like Cooper is letting the wait diminish the opportunity ahead, including playing alongside Browning in Denver.

“Honestly, the feeling is surreal,” said Cooper last Saturday, according to 247 Sports. “I can’t wait to be a part of Denver with Baron and, I mean, I just can’t wait. I know that they’re going to get an amazing player that’s going to get everything they got, out of me, so I just feel blessed right now.”

Cooper went on to say Denver “did a great thing” by selecting the Ohio State duo and discussed also joining former Ohio State star, Dre’Mont Jones:

“Me and Baron are really close — that’s like my guy, that’s my dog,” said Cooper. “I can’t wait to reunite with them in Denver. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a lot of conversations. Denver definitely did a great thing with getting two Buckeyes. They got two great players, so just ready to get after it with him.”

Unfortunately for Cooper, it has been reported that he is likely to miss rookie minicamp due to a heart procedure. He is expected to be ready for training camp in August.