Ohio State has become an NFL pipeline producing many great players. This year there are many players worthy of owning from Ohio State. The five players below are worth spending draft picks on. Those on the honorable mention list are still worth a roster spot in certain leagues so consider adding them via the waiver system.
Honorable mentions: Ted Ginn Jr., Corey Brown, Braxton Miller, Jeff Heuerman and Cardale Jones.
5.) Curtis Samuel– WR
The second round pick will certainly have to adjust from playing H-back to playing wide receiver in the NFL. Luckily Samuel will have a chance to play immediately due to the lack of wide receiver depth on the Panthers roster. With former MVP Cam Newton throwing Samuel the ball, the sky is the limit for this young prospect. The speedy receiver is definitely worth a roster spot in keeper leagues as well.
Projection: 55 receptions, 605 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns.
4.) Carlos Hyde– RB
Although Hyde may not be a great No.1 running back he still has No.2 potential and can even be used as a great flex option. It seems every season Carlos Hyde gets off to a great start, but then suffers a nagging injury that hampers his true potential. Veteran fantasy owners will snag Hyde late in drafts and use him as trait bait early on in the year. Even if Tim Hightower takes away some touches from Hyde he should still be a decent play against poor run defenses as the 49ers really lack any offensive weapons.
Projection: 750 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns.
3.) Terrelle Pryor– WR
Pryor will enter the 2017 season as the Redskins No.1 wide receiver. After a breakout year in 2016 Pryor will be looking to put up huge numbers in a contract year. With a competent quarterback in Kirk Cousins expect Pryor to build upon last season.
Projection: 85 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns.
2.) Michael Thomas– WR
It is clear that the Saints believe in Michael Thomas after shipping Brandin Cooks to the Patriots in the off season. Thomas will be the the Saints top weapon through the air. Expect Drew Brees to look for Thomas with the game on the line this season. The second year wide receiver has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl caliber player.
Projection: 100 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns.
1.) Ezekiel Elliot- RB
Zeke is hands down the most talented player on this list. In his rookie season he absolutely dominated the competition putting up huge fantasy numbers. The only concern with Zeke is if the NFL ends up suspending him for his off-the-field antics. Regardless he should still break 1,000 yards easily even if he misses some time.
Projection: 1,200 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns