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Buckeyes Targeted in 2016 Draft

When the time came to dive into my 2015 Draft analysis, one team, in particular, wasn’t showing up much on my game film list.

The Ohio State Buckeyes.

At first glance, it seemed strange as Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes were fresh off the 2014 National Championship win over Oregon. Yet, the reality was that it was a waste of time studying a ton of Buckeye game tape.

Why?

In the 2015 draft, there were only three Buckeyes drafted in the first five rounds

WR Devin Smith, 2nd round, New York Jets
TE Jeff Heuerman, 3rd round, Denver Broncos
CB Doran Grant, 4th round, Pittsburgh Steelers

After CB Eli Apple, S Tyvis Powell and WR Jalin Marshall declared for the NFL Draft, in addition to the expected departures of Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott, the possibility of putting a dozen or more Buckeyes into the NFL in 2016 is a real one. The Buckeyes sent 14 to Indianapolis for the NFL’s Scouting Combine and all of them have draftable grades.

Currently, these are the draft grades I have on each Buckeye.

QB – Cardale Jones (Late 3rd/early 4th)
RB – Ezekiel Elliott (1st)
TE – Nick Vannett (4th)
WR – Michael Thomas (2nd), WR Jalin Marshall (3rd/4th)
Off. Weapon – Braxton Miller (2nd)
OL – Taylor Decker (Late 1st/early 2nd)
DL – Adolphus Washington (2nd/3rd), Joey Bosa (1st)
LB – Darron Lee (1st/2nd), Joshua Perry (3rd)
DB – Eli Apple (1st), Vonn Bell (2nd) & Tyvis Powell (3rd/4th)

That’s all 14. The all-time mark in a seven round draft is 14, held by none other than Ohio State in 2004. Can Ohio State top that mark in 2016? I don’t see a 15th prospect that puts them over the top but there’s little question that the Buckeyes will dominate draft weekend 2016.

By: John Harris


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