Making History: Ohio State surpasses USC for most all-time first-round picks in NFL Draft
The record for most first-round draft selections now officially belongs to Ohio State.
Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, both Ohio State and USC had produced 81 first-round selections in their history. With three Buckeyes being selected on Thursday night and just one Trojan, OSU now owns the record with 84 first-round picks. USC now has 82.
Ohio State was able to take the lead in this category early on Thursday night, with Chase Young getting selected at No. 2 by the Washington Redskins and Jeff Okudah being picked immediately after at No. 3 by the Detroit Lions. In the middle of the first round, Damon Arnett was taken with the No. 19 selection by the Las Vegas Raiders.
In just the last seven years Ohio State has really been able to cut into USC’s lead, allowing the Buckeyes to set the new record this year. Since the 2014 NFL Draft, Ohio State seen 17 players selected in the first round. The program has produced at least two first-round picks every year since 2016 — when five Buckeyes were selected within the first 32 picks.
It’s just another bragging right that Ohio State can add in its favor. It’ll also serve as an excellent recruiting tool for Ryan Day and his staff as the Buckeyes continue to assemble outstanding classes.