Seven Ohio State Players Selected In 2018 NFL Draft, Others Receive Opportunities As Undrafted Free Agents

By Dan Hope on April 28, 2018 at 9:55 pm
Denzel Ward
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Ohio State had seven players selected in the NFL draft for the second year in a row.

Denzel Ward and Billy Price were both selected in the first round, with the Cleveland Browns drafting Ward with the No. 4 overall pick and the Cincinnati Bengals drafting Price with the No. 21 overall pick to keep both Buckeyes in the state of Ohio.

Three Ohio State players were selected on Day 2 of the draft. The Indianapolis Colts selected Tyquan Lewis with the No. 64 overall pick to conclude Round 2, while the Miami Dolphins selected Jerome Baker with the No. 73 overall pick and the Bengals selected Sam Hubbard with the No. 77 overall pick in Round 3.

Finally, two Buckeyes were selected on the final day of the draft. The Minnesota Vikings selected Jalyn Holmes with the second pick of Round 4 (No. 102 overall), while the Seattle Seahawks selected Jamarco Jones in Round 5 (No. 168 overall).

Several other Buckeyes have signed contracts as undrafted free agents. Damon Webb is signing with the Tennessee Titans, as is Elijaah Goins, while Chris Worley is signing with the Bengals, Marcus Baugh is signing with the Oakland Raiders and Tracy Sprinkle is signing with the Carolina Panthers.

Meanwhile, numerous other Buckeyes who went undrafted have accepted invitations to participate in rookie minicamps. J.T. Barrett will try out with the Colts, Michael Hill will try out with the Detroit Lions and Nick Seme will try out with the Browns.

Former Ohio State safety Erick Smith and former walk-ons Zach Turnure and Trevon Forte are also seeking opportunities as undrafted free agents.

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