The NFL always puts on quite of a show for the annual NFL Draft. The Ohio State Buckeyes always make quite of an impact in the draft. The Buckeyes are always up there with Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and USC when it comes to number players selected. Seven Buckeyes were taken in the NFL Draft starting with one of the surprises in the draft cornerback Denzel Ward to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 4 overall pick. The Browns selecting Ward makes fourth defensive back taken in the top ten in three years. The Denzel Ward pick in the top ten solidifies that Ohio State is the official “Defensive Back University”. The next Buckeye to be taken was center Billy Price, the 2017 Rimington Award winner. Price went No. 21 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals. Which happens to be my favorite NFL team. Ward and Price were the only Buckeyes taken in the first round.
Day two of the draft is the time of the second and third rounds, with plenty of Buckeyes still on the board. The first Buckeye taken on day two was 2017 captain Tyquan Lewis, a little bit of a surprise knowing that teammate Sam Hubbard was still available, and according to the draft experts Hubbard was rated higher. Needless to say the Indianapolis Colts got a great player in the second round at No. 64 overall in Lewis. Lewis was only Buckeye taken in the second round. The third round consisted of two defensive players taken. First was speedy linebacker Jerome Baker taken No. 73 overall to the Miami Dolphins. Sam Hubbard was finally taken No. 77 overall to the Bengals. Hubbard had probably the best quote of the weekend in my opinion. Hubbard said “I’ve got a state championship in Ohio, a national championship at Ohio State. Now it’s time to bring a Super Bowl to Cincinnati.” As a Bengals fan I couldn’t be any happier to hear that. Hubbard will now join teammate Billy Price in Cincy.
The third and final day was rounds four through seven. Only two Buckeyes were taken. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth found making him the pick No. 102 in the draft. Offensive lineman Jamarco Jones was the final Buckeye taken in the draft by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round with pick No. 168. No more Buckeyes would be selected in the remaining rounds, however many Buckeyes would still find homes in the NFL.
Players who signed undrafted free agent contracts were safety Damon Webb to the Titans, linebacker Chris Worley to the Bengals, defensive tackle Michael Hill to the Lions, tight end Marcus Baugh to the Raiders, defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle to the Panthers and quarterback J.T. Barrett to the Colts. I will you tell this the seven players who were drafted and the six players who went undrafted will make their respectable teams a whole lot better.