Exploring the Best Fits for Ohio State's Top NFL Draft Prospects

By David Regimbal on March 21, 2019 at 10:10 am
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Ohio State's 2019 NFL draft class is absolutely loaded with superstar potential.

It's a safe bet we'll see at least 10 former Buckeyes selected in the seven-round draft, with potential fringe players like Demetrius Knox elevating that number.

While it's a deep group, Ohio State's top prospects have the chance to make an immediate impact in their first season. Some seem destined for that, while others would benefit from the right system to thrive.

Here's a quick look at the ideal fit for the Buckeyes' three top draft prospects.

Nick Bosa, Defensive End

Nick Bosa is the kind of player who'd thrive on any NFL roster and any kind of scheme.

It looks like the Arizona Cardinals are (hilariously) trending toward selecting former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray just one year after drafting Josh Rosen in the first round with the 10th overall pick.

That would give the San Francisco 49ers the chance to take the best player in this draft and load up its defensive line.

The 49ers defensive front already boasts strong players in DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas, but the unit needs an elite pass-rusher. Give defensive coordinator Robert Saleh the best defensive end in the country and his line would be one of the best for years to come.

Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback

A lot of teams need quarterback help, starting at the top of the draft with the Cardinals. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury is looking for a dual-threat to run his air-raid offense in Arizona, which is why his team is looking at Murray over Dwayne Haskins.

New York is a popular projection for the Ohio State gunslinger, but after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland for an average safety and two draft picks, the Giants don't have a bevy of weapons for Haskins to throw to, outside of running back Saquon Barkley.

The Oakland Raiders, however, have a lot of weapons, and the draft capital to tighten up its offensive line.

Jon Gruden worked his magic this offseason, trading for the best receiver in the league in Antonio Brown while only giving up a third and fifth round pick. That means the Raiders still have three picks in the first, so they could select Haskins fourth overall and use their 24th and 27th pick to build around him.

Imagine Haskins throwing to Brown in Oakland.

Dre'Mont Jones, Defensive Tackle

After losing Malcolm Brown inn free agency, the New England Patriots need to revamp their defensive line, particularly on the interior.

With the last pick in the first round, Bill Belichick could have the chance to add one of the best pass-rushing tackles in Dre'Mont Jones.

Jones came to Ohio State as a highly rated defensive end, but he added weight during his time in Columbus and shifted to the inside. He excelled against the run and filling gaps, but his greatest strength was how he used his hands to create havoc on the interior and generate pressure.

That's the kind of player who thrives under a tactician like Belichick.

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