This year’s draft featured the best and brightest that college football had to offer, and the Buckeyes made their presence felt in a big way. 9 players drafted, second only to Alabama (10), is an incredible feat and yet another reminder of the effectiveness of the OSU program. As well as the 9 drafted, 4 players were signed as UDFA’s immediately after the draft. While not all of these guys will become Hall-of-Famers, there is certainly potential for a couple of them to be stars in the league.
Drafted #2 by San Francisco~ Nick Bosa (Edge)
Nick is an incredible talent, and the best player in the class. Though he is coming off of what his surgeon called a “bilateral core muscle injury” that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season, Bosa seems to be fully recovered and ready to go for his rookie year. In only 29 games at tOSU Bosa was a monster for opposing teams, posting 77 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. On top of that he forced 2 fumbles, recovering 1 fumble, taking it to the house. Pretty much, this just means that Nick will be huge for an already strong 49ers Front-7. We’ve already seen what his brother Joey can do when he is healthy, and many think that Nick is the better player. Look for Bosa to thrive in his new home, and maybe even be the piece that San Francisco needs to make a playoff push.
Drafted #15 by Washington~ Dwayne Haskins (QB)
This was the steal of the draft in my opinion. Many thought that the Giants should have taken Haskins at 6 (as did I), but they instead took a borderline 1st round talent with the 6 pick. That left Haskins for a team that suffered a horrific loss at QB last season, the Washington Redskins. Haskins is a pro-style QB who’s play will translate well into the NFL. In just one season as a starter at Ohio State, Haskins led the nation in TDs (50), and yards (4,831), as well as a phenomenal showing against TTUN. I’m expecting Haskins to be the 2nd best QB in his division straight away, and his addition could make the Redskins a viable team in the NFC East.
Drafted #59 by Indianapolis~ Parris Campbell (WR)
Parris showed off his speed time and time again at tOSU, and will be a huge addition to a potent Colts offense. With a 4.33, he’s faster than stud WR T.Y. Hilton and yet another weapon for Andrew Luck. Luck had a tremendous bounceback season last year, and having Campbell as a deep threat/give-and-go receiver will be a huge help in the team’s efforts to advance in the playoffs. Last season as Dwayne Haskins #1 target, Campbell brought in an astounding 90 REC for 1,063 yards and 12 TDs. Averaging 11.8 YPR is just another reminder that he is dangerous in the open field, and this was a great pick by Indy.
Drafted #71 by Denver~ Dre’mont Jones (DT)
Dre’mont Jones was a very solid player in the middle of the Buckeye defense for the past 3 years. With 114 tackles in 37 games, Jones was a solid 3 down player who can stop the run and the pass. 8.5 sacks last season solidified the potential that Jones has had since the beginning of his OSU career, and sured him up as a mid-round draft selection. Pairing Jones with last years Denver draft choice, Bradley Chubb could cause huge problems for opposing offenses.
Drafted #76 by Washington~ Terry McLaurin (WR)
This was a phenomenal pick from the Redskins. Washington took what looks to be the face of their franchise with the 15th overall pick, and 61 picks later they took one of his favorite receivers from tOSU. McLaurin’s 2018 season can be summed up by simply saying 35 catches for 701 yards. This is an extremely consistent guy whose draft stock rose in a big way after his pro day. Scouts saw his work ethic and dedication to improving, and the Redskins reunited one of CFB’s best tandem from last season. Terry is going to provide a huge boost to a Redskins receiving core that has struggled for the past couple of seasons. Be on the lookout for the boys from OSU to have a big season for Washington, with McLaurin as the #1 in what could be a playoff push.
Drafted #111 by Atlanta~ Kendall Sheffield (CB)
The Falcons took Kendall Sheffield with a 4th round pick, and got a steal in my opinion. Yes, Sheffield has a lot of problems, and he will undoubtedly be a project, but he has something that you just can’t teach. Speed. Though he couldn’t run the 40 due to a torn pectoral, he is every bit as fast as Denzel Ward (4.2). He’s definitely not an instant starter for the birds, some better footwork and increased aggressiveness could turn him into a real force.
Drafted #136 by Cincinnati~ Michael Jordan (OG)
Cincinnati stuck with the trend of drafting OSU lineman after taking C Billy Price 21st overall last season. Jordan is a very good player, and he’ll likely be moved back to the OG position, playing next to Price and this year’s 1st round pick OT Jonah Williams. This won’t be the fix for the Bungles, but building a strong line will help mask the multitude of other problems.
Drafted #206 by Miami~ Isaiah Prince (OT)
The Dolphins are seemingly in shambles, and I’m not sure how that will fare for the now rookie OT. With a budding QB competition in Miami, the O-line will be a big factor into how we see Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen make their case. Prince was solid in protecting Dwayne Haskins last season, and while he won’t be a day one starter, he will end up being ‘the guy’ at RT by next season.
Drafted #218 by Dallas~ Mike Weber (RB)
This pick is seemingly insignificant as a 7th rounder, and many of the guys taken this late do not pan out in the big leagues. I like Mike Weber a lot however, and I’m excited to see him on America’s team as the backup to Ezekiel Elliott. As Zeke is the dictionary definition of a power back, he will need to get a 1-2 play breather which allows for Weber to get some touches. While he will not be the next Todd Gurley or Zeke, he has potential to be a solid backup and that’s good enough to make this pick worthwhile for the Cowboys.