The Ohio State football program continues to put players in the NFL and more specifically, continues to produce first round draft picks. Buckeye products Nick Bosa, taken second Thursday night by San Francisco, and Dwayne Haskins, selected 15th overall by Washington, became the 80th and 81st Ohio State players taken in the first round of the modern NFL draft. That ties USC for the all-time record for first rounders produced.
When it became clear that Arizona was enamored with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and would take him No. 1 overall, Bosa, who most analysts rate as the top prospect in the draft, was expected to be taken by San Francisco at No. 2. The 49ers followed through with that selection and seem to be building a dangerous defensive line. They have a line that features all pro DeForest Buckner as well as pass rusher Dee Ford, added this off-season. With Bosa on board as well, the Niners defense should be formidable. Here's some of the reaction and Bosa's comments following the San Francisco selection.
While Bosa going second was expected, Dwayne Haskins slide to the No. 15 pick was not as anticipated. There had been reports that the New York Giants, in need of a quarterback to replace the aging Eli Manning, would potentially pass on Haskins but most believed other teams, like Denver, Miami or even the Bengals would swoop in and nab the Buckeye QB. That did not happen. The Giants, did indeed go in a different direction, surprisingly taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6. Haskins had to wait but eventually landed near his own back yard. Washington, which plays its home games less than a half-hour from the Haskins home, got the guy they had targeted and didn't have to move up to get him. Haskins, while thrilled to be taken by Washington, admitted that his slide down the draft board will be a motivator as he begins his pro career. "The league done messed up," Haskins told ESPN in this very honest reaction to his selection.
More Buckeyes will be selected this weekend. Rounds two and three are Friday night. Wide outs Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin are both projected to be selected and so is defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones. Offensive lineman Michael Jordan could go Friday and certainly will be Saturday. Other Buckeyes like Mike Weber, Kendall Sheffield and Johnnie Dixon are hoping for a weekend call as well.