Malik Harrison Selected by Baltimore Ravens with No. 98 Overall Pick in 2020 NFL Draft

By Dan Hope on April 24, 2020 at 11:38 pm
Malik Harrison

Another Buckeye is headed to Baltimore.

Malik Harrison was selected with the No. 98 overall pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, who also selected former Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round.

Harrison is the first Ohio State linebacker to be drafted since the Miami Dolphins selected Jerome Baker in the third round of the 2018 draft, and joins a recent run of Buckeye linebackers in the draft that includes 2017 second-round pick Raekwon McMillan, 2016 first-round pick Darron Lee and 2014 first-round pick Ryan Shazier.

A two-year starter at Ohio State, Harrison arrived on campus as a three-star recruit from Columbus but finished his career with an All-Big Ten senior season in which he recorded 75 total tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and was also a third-team All-American.

With excellent athleticism at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Harrison has the versatility to play both inside and outside linebacker at the next level, and should have an opportunity to compete for a starting job in his rookie season with the Ravens, who entered the draft with a major need at linebacker. They also selected former LSU linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round.

Harrison is the seventh Buckeye to be selected in this year's draft, joining first-round picks Chase YoungJeff Okudah and Damon Arnette, Dobbins and fellow third-round picks DaVon Hamilton and Jonah Jackson. Ohio State has now had at least seven players selected in five consecutive drafts; its seven in the first three rounds this year are the most since 2016, when Ohio State had 10 picks in the first three rounds.

Dobbins and Harrison are the first two Buckeyes drafted by the Ravens since John Simon in 2013. Before Friday night, the Ravens had only selected two former Ohio State players in franchise history.

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