Urban Meyer's Ohio State Draft Board

By Harry Wexner on April 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm
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Under Urban Meyer's reign, Ohio State has created one of the most efficient NFL pipelines in college football history. Debates will continue to rage inconclusively about which program is the real DBU, LBU, etc. Listed below is every draft pick – ranked in order of selection – from the first five years of Urban Meyer's tenure.

Round One

Ohio State claims 77 all-time first-round picks, second only to USC. Ohio State's 2016 class draft, which featured five first-rounders, was one selection shy of Miami's 2004 record for most first-round picks in a single draft.

In 2017, Ohio State tied the record for most defensive backs (three) selected in the first round. If Denzel Ward is a first-round pick tonight, as expected, Ohio State will have had first-round defensive backs selected in each of the last three drafts. 

3. Joey Bosa (2016). Defensive End, San Diego Chargers. 

4. Ezekiel Elliott (2016). Running Back, Dallas Cowboys.

10. Eli Apple (2016). Cornerback, New York Giants.

11. Marshon Lattimore (2017). Cornerback, New Orleans Saints.

15. Ryan Shazier (2014). Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers.

15. Malik Hooker (2017). Safety, Indianapolis Colts. 

16. Taylor Decker (2016). Offensive Tackle, Detroit Lions.

20. Darron Lee (2016). Linebacker, New York Jets.

24. Gareon Conley (2017). Cornerback, Oakland Raiders.

31. Bradley Roby (2014). Cornerback, Denver Broncos. 

Denzel Ward and Malik Hooker
First-round pick Malik Hooker with first-round hopeful Denzel Ward.

Round Two

Ohio State receivers have made a strong showing as second-round picks. Even as a highly-touted selection, Michael Thomas – who now holds the NFL record for most catches in a receiver's first two seasons – was one of the most under-rated Buckeyes in recent draft history. 

37. Devin Smith (2015). Wide Receiver, New York Jets.

40. Curtis Samuel (2017). Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers. 

47. Michael Thomas (2016). Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints. 

49. Johnathan Hankins (2013). Defensive Tackle, New York Giants. 

54. Raekwon McMillan (2017). Linebacker, Miami Dolphins.

57. Carlos Hyde (2014). Running Back, San Francisco 49ers. 

59. Jack Mewhort (2014). Offensive Tackle, Indianapolis Colts. 

61. Vonn Bell (2016). Safety, New Orleans Saints. 

Bosa and Hubbard
First-round pick Joey Bosa with first-round hopeful Sam Hubbard.

Round Three

While less in the spotlight than first- and second-round picks, Ohio State's third-round selections have seen meaningful playing time during their early NFL years. 

70. Pat Elflein (2017). Center, Minnesota Vikings. 

80. Adolphus Washington (2016). Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills. 

85. Braxton Miller (2016). Wide Receiver, Houston Texans.

92. Jeff Heuerman (2015). Tight End, Denver Broncos. 

94. Nick Vannett (2016). Tight End, Seattle Seahawks.

Round Four

Ohio State's fourth-round selections standout for their leadership at Ohio State. Despite not fitting the perfect NFL mold in various ways, these players as a loose group brought an 'X-factor' to the next level. 

102. Joshua Perry (2016). Linebacker, San Diego Chargers.

121. Doran Grant (2015). Cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers. 

129. John Simon (2013). Defensive End / Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens.

139. Cardale Jones (2016). Quarterback, Buffalo Bills. 

Cardale Jones, Billy Price and Taylor Decker
Cardale Jones and Taylor Decker with Billy Price.

Round Five

161. Corey Linsley (2014). Center, Green Bay Packers.

Round Six

180. Michael Bennett (2015). Defensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars. 

187. Evan Spencer (2015). Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins. 

Round Seven

239. Noah Brown (2017). Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys. 

240. Reid Fragel (2013). Offensive Tackle, Cincinnati Bengals. 

241. Christian Bryant (2014). Safety, St. Louis Rams.

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