The college football world is a fast-paced environment where careers come and go like the snap of a finger. The Buckeyes lost seven players to the 2018 NFL Draft. Let’s take a look at five players who could replace the talent that was lost.
There is no debating that the offensive line is easily the least appreciated position in football. Despite this, the center position has been crucial for Ohio State in previous seasons.
Brady Taylor comes in as a fairly unknown player, considering he has been with the program since 2014. Now the fifth year senior will have a chance to start at center, replacing former Buckeye great, Billy Price.
Standing at 6-foot-5, Taylor is a large piece in the middle who could soon be paving the way for one of the best running games in college football. The former three-star recruit has a chance to shine in 2018.
The defensive end showed flashes of greatness last season, notching 3.5 sacks on the year. However, the defensive line was stacked in 2017, causing Chase Young to see time as a reserve.
Now, in 2018, he will be paired alongside potential top five draft pick Nick Bosa. Expect Young to see many one-on-one matchups with the rest of the college football world preoccupied with Bosa. The five-star recruit has a chance to burst onto the scene in 2018 with the Buckeyes desperately needing another defensive end to compliment Bosa.
Probably the most obvious choice of them all. In 2017, Dwayne Haskins gave Ohio State fans a taste of his quarterbacking abilities, capped by a legendary relief performance against Michigan for the injured J.T. Barrett.
Now, Haskins will have the reigns to the offense with plenty of weapons around him. If Haskins leads the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff, expect him to be invited to the Heisman ceremony this December.
Standing at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Luke Farrell appears to have all the physical tools necessary to be the starting tight end at Ohio State.
With Marcus Baugh gone, Farrell will have a chance to take control of the tight end position if he can develop himself into a receiving threat. In 2017, Farrell only had two catches for 19 yards.
Rashod Berry, a proven receiver at the position, will also see time but Farrell has had a much better spring. If this spring is any indication of the upcoming season, Farrell should be a bright spot for the Buckeyes.
With the Buckeyes thinner on the defensive line than most seasons, it appears that freshman defensive tackle Tommy Togiai could see the field in 2018.
Togiai is a big presence in the middle at 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds. The four-star recruit from Idaho has a chance to see the field if he continues to progress over the summer. Even if he does not have a breakout 2018 season, Togiai will certainly be a solid starter in the future for the Buckeyes.