Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 20, 2017

Last year?s Ohio State draft haul was one of the best in the history of the event, as the Buckeyes had 12 picks. And the Buckeyes set a record by having 10 players tabbed in the first three rounds.


The OSU 2016 draft class was highlighted by five first-round picks, headed by defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Bosa went on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors with the Chargers. Elliott was the NFL Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro pick for the Cowboys after leading the NFL in rushing. It?s hard to fathom that the Buckeyes didn?t win the Big Ten in 2015 with all of that talent. Nonetheless, the professional talent that matriculates from Columbus is impressive. And that array of talent will grow when this year?s draft is conducted April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Defensive players have dominated the last 10 drafts for OSU, as three of the top four positions picked most often have been: 1. linebackers (12); 2. defensive backs (11); 4. defensive linemen (8).

The Buckeyes have three players who are projected to be first-round picks-all from the secondary: CB Marshon Lattimore, FS Malik Hooker and CB Gareon Conley. WR Curtis Samuel, LB Raekwon McMillan and Pat Elflein could be second-rounders. And WR Noah Brown projects as a fifth-rounder by most. P Cameron Johnston, RB Brionte Dunn, WR Dontre Wilson and WR Corey Smith may be later-rounders.

Here is a look at how Ohio State has fared in the last 10 NFL drafts.

Highest pick: No. 3 overall, DE Joey Bosa, 2016/Chargers
Most fertile draft: 2016, 12 selections
Total first-round picks: 13
Total picks: 57

Position breakdown:
? Linebacker: 12
? Defensive back: 11
? Receiver: 10
? Defensive line: 8
? Offensive line: 7
? Running back: 5
? Quarterback: 2
? Tight end: 2

First round: WR Ted Ginn, Jr., Dolphins
First round: WR Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
Third round: DT Quinn Pitcock, Colts
Fourth round: RB Antonio Pittman, Saints
Fifth round: DE Jay Richardson, Raiders
Fifth round: WR Roy Hall, Colts
Fifth round: QB Troy Smith, Ravens
Sixth round: C Doug Datish, Falcons

First round: LB Vernon Gholston, Jets
Seventh round: LB Larry Grant, Rams
Seventh round: OT Kirk Barton, Bengals

First round: CB Malcolm Jenkins, Saints
First round: RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals
Second round: LB James Laurinaitis, Rams
Second round: WR Brian Robiskie, Browns
Fourth round: DB Donald Washington, Chiefs
Fourth round: WR Brian Hartline, Dolphins
Fifth round: LB Marcus Freeman, Bears

Fourth round: LB Thaddeus Gibson, Steelers
Seventh round: DE Doug Worthington, Steelers
Seventh round: FS Kurt Coleman, Eagles
Seventh round: LB Austin Spitler, Dolphins

First round: DE Cameron Hayward, Steelers
Fourth round: DB Chimdi Chekwa, Raiders
Fifth round: DB Jermale Hines, Rams
Sixth round: LB Brian Rolle, Eagles
Sixth round: LB Ross Homan, Vikings

Second round: OT Mike Adams, Steelers
Third round: WR DeVier Posey, Texans
Sixth round: RB Dan Herron, Bengals
Sixth round: DB Nate Ebner, Patriots

Second round: DT Johnathan Hankins, Giants
Fourth round: LB John Simon, Ravens
Seventh round: OT Reid Fragel, Bengals

First round: LB Ryan Shazier, Steelers
First round: CB Bradley Roby, Broncos
Second round: RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers
Second round: OT Jack Mewhort, Colts
Fifth round: C Corey Linsley, Packers
Seventh round: DB Christian Bryant, Rams

Second round: WR Devin Smith, Jets
Third round: TE Jeff Heuerman, Broncos
Fourth round: CB Doran Grant, Steelers
Sixth round: DT Michael Bennett, Jaguars
Sixth round: WR Evan Spencer, Redskins

First round: DE Joey Bosa, Chargers
First round: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
First round: CB Eli Apple, Giants
First round: OT Taylor Decker, Lions
First round: LB Darron Lee, Jets
Second round: WR Michael Thomas, Saints
Second round: S Vonn Bell, Saints
Third round: DT Adolphus Washington, Bills
Third round: WR Braxton Miller, Texans
Third round: TE Nick Vannett, Seahawks
Fourth round: LB Joshua Perry, Chargers
Fourth round: QB Cardale Jones, Bills