There are going to be some heated Ohio State battles in New Orleans.

A year after the Buckeyes took Michael Thomas in the second round, the Saints doubled down on Ohio State and picked Marshon Lattimore at No. 11 overall.

Lattimore was the first B1G player selected in the draft. His selection marked the second straight year in which Ohio State had a defensive back picked in the first round.

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Lattimore was a revelation for the Buckeyes in his first and only season as a starter. The redshirt sophomore earned first-team All-B1G honors after recording four interceptions, nine pass break-ups and 41 tackles.

The Cleveland native was a key factor in the Buckeyes posting the No. 3 scoring defense and earning the team’s second College Football Playoff berth in three years.

Lattimore overcame an injury-plagued start to his Ohio State career and became one of the country’s top cover-corners.

He was one of six Buckeye defensive backs to turn pro early in the last two years.