Ohio State Joins 2002 Miami Hurricanes as Only Programs in Common Era With Three First-Round Defensive Backs

By Eric Seger on April 27, 2017 at 11:12 pm
Ohio State is first school since Miami (FL) with three first round defensive backs in NFL Draft.
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Ohio State is officially an NFL factory — at least in terms of its secondary production from Kerry Coombs and Co.

The Buckeyes joined the 2002 Miami Hurricanes as the only two programs in the common draft era to have three defensive backs taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. On Thursday, cornerback Marshon Lattimore went 11th overall to New Orleans, Indianapolis took Malik Hooker 15th and Gareon Conley came off the board at No. 24 to Oakland.

Three three defensive backs from Miami in 2002: cornerback Philip Buchanon, drafted 17th overall by Oakland; safety Ed reed, drafted 22nd overall by Baltimore; and Mike Rumph, drafted 27th by San Francisco.

Additionally, Ohio State is the first school in NFL Draft history to have three cornerbacks taken in the first round over a two-year span: Lattimore and Conley this year and Eli Apple, who went 10th overall to the New York Giants in 2016.

As pointed out by FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, a common denominator between the two groups is Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. He held the same position for the Hurricanes from 1999-2000.

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