The Buckeyes-turned-rookies each have their new digits.
All 10 former Ohio State players who were selected in the 2020 NFL draft have received their jersey numbers, with two of them rocking the same ones they wore in college – for now.
Two of the Detroit Lions draft picks, Jeff Okudah (third overall) and Jonah Jackson (75th overall) still have the same numbers they wore as Buckeyes, wearing No. 1 and No. 73, respectively. The caveat, though, is Okudah will only wear his single digit in the preseason. The NFL has strict jersey number rules, meaning the first-round cornerback will have to pick a number between 20 and 49. As of now, he hasn't decided on a number.
Chase Young, who went to the Washington Redskins at No. 2 overall, will make his name in the NFL as No. 99. He wore No. 2 as a Buckeye, but that number's reserved for quarterbacks, kickers and punters in the NFL.
A fellow former Buckeye who wore No. 2, J.K. Dobbins, will switch to No. 27 as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. As the running back told the team website, he chose it to honor his deceased father, Lawrence.
"I always wore it in pee wee football. It was my dad's number," Dobbins said. "My dad passed when I was 15. So the reason why I wear No. 27 is to honor my father."
Damon Arnette also had to swap out of his single-digit jersey. The first-round cornerback will go with No. 20 as an Oakland Raider.
DaVon Hamilton made a slight change, going from No. 53 as a Buckeye to No. 52 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Malik Harrison's changing from No. 39 to No. 40 as a Ravens linebacker. Los Angeles Rams safety Jordan Fuller will wear No. 32, Los Angeles Chargers wideout K.J. Hill picked No. 84 and Lions defensive tackle Jashon Cornell selected No. 96.
|Player||Pos||Team||College Jersey No.||NFL Jersey No.|
|CHASE YOUNG||DE||WASHINGTON REDSKINS||2||99|
|JEFF OKUDAH||CB||DETROIT LIONS||1||1*|
|DAMON ARNETTE||CB||LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||3||20|
|J.K. DOBBINS||RB||BALTIMORE RAVENS||2||27|
|DAVON HAMILTON||DT||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||53||52|
|JONAH JACKSON||OG||DETROIT LIONS||73||73|
|MALIK HARRISON||LB||BALTIMORE RAVENS||39||40|
|JORDAN FULLER||S||LOS ANGELES RAMS||4||32|
|K.J. HILL||WR||LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||14||84|
|JASHON CORNELL||DT||DETROIT LIONS||9||96|
New York Giants undrafted free agent wide receivers Binjimen Victor (No. 9) and Austin Mack (No. 81) have also received their jersey numbers, but Ohio State's other undrafted free agents – New England Patriots tight end Rashod Berry, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Branden Bowen and Las Vegas Raiders long snapper Liam McCullough – have not been assigned jersey numbers yet.
The NFL season will kick off on Sept. 10, though neither team playing in the opener – the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans – selected any Buckeyes in the 2020 draft. Ohio State's 10 drafted rookies are all slated to make their NFL regular-season debuts on Sept. 13.
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