Draft tape: Ohio State Buckeyes
Last year, Ohio State set an NFL Draft record by claiming 10 draftees through the first three rounds. The Buckeyes won’t be able to repeat that feat in 2017, but Urban Meyer is still sending a healthy crop of talent to the next level. What will the former Buckeyes be bringing on Sundays?
Watch some of Ohio State’s NFL Draft prospects’ video resumes below.
Marshon Lattimore – CB: Drafted No. 11 by New Orleans Saints
Malik Hooker – S: Drafted No. 15 by Indianapolis Colts
Background: Next-level athleticism, seven picks, 74 tackles and first-team All-American honors in 2016 were all enough to push Hooker near the top of draft boards in 2017. Teammates Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley might come off the board before him, but don’t be surprised if Hooker is a Top 15 pick.
Gareon Conley – CB: Drafted No. 24 by Oakland Raiders
Curtis Samuel – WR/RB: Drafted in Rd. 2, No. 40 overall by Carolina Panthers
Background: Samuel is an all-purpose weapon who showed off his skills at receiver, H-back and at returner with explosive effectiveness. He led the Buckeyes with 15 total TDs and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
Raekwon McMillan – LB Drafted in Rd. 2, No. 54 overall by Miami Dolphins
Background: Second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior were enough to convince McMillan and scouts that the Buckeye linebacker was ready for a leap to the NFL.
Pat Elflein – OL
Background: The 3-time first-team All-Big Ten selection was an anchor for the Buckeyes, and projects to be the first center selected in the draft.
Projected round: 2-3
Noah Brown: WR
Background: Brown is another redshirt sophomore who left early, and his potential is off the charts. The promise he showed in Ohio State’s win over Oklahoma is what NFL teams will be looking for when they eye him in the middle rounds.
Projected round: 4
Cameron Johnston: P
Background: Johnston didn’t play his first year of college football until age 21 after playing Aussie Rules football in Australia. He likely won’t be drafted, but the second-team All-American and Ray Guy Award Finalist will probably get a shot in training camp with an NFL team.
Projected round: Free Agent