Ohio State Breaks 1st Round Draft Record
By: Staff Reporter 4-24-2020
Ohio State entered the 2020 NFL Draft tied with USC for the most-ever first-round draft selections all-time with each program boasting 81 players taken in the opening round. The Buckeyes were well-represented in round one of Thursday's NFL Draft as four former players were taken on the first night, securing sole possession of the record with the top three picks all being OSU products.
#1 - Joe Burrow: The Cincinnati Bengals took the Heisman Trophy winner as their new face of the franchise. Yes, Burrow was a member of LSU, but the 2014 Mr. Football winner in Ohio graduated from Ohio State before heading to Baton Rouge.
#2 - Chase Young: Quarterbacks in the NFC East beware. The top defensive player in the draft is now in Washington who had a defense that finished 27th in points allowed and yards allowed per game last season. A dynamic pass rusher off of the edge will certainly help those numbers.
#3 - Jeff Okudah: Like we mentioned in the draft preview, the Detroit Lions were in need of a top corner to solidify their secondary. They got that guy with the third overall pick in Okudah, a speedster who hung with the best in the Big 10.
# 19 - Damon Arnette: The fourth corner taken in the opening round is the second from the Buckeyes to the Vegas Raiders. Arnette will fit in well with the team that finished 25th in passing defense. The Raiders needed a corner to start on the other side of Trayvon Mullen. The Ohio State corner was one of the best defenders in man coverage and run defense.
This is only the beginning with six rounds remaining in the 2020 NFL Draft and don't be surprised when multiple Buckeyes go off the board in the next two days, including RB J.K. Dobbins, who should go early in the second round Friday night.
Ohio State had 4 former players selected
in the opening round of the 2020 NFL Draft, including the first 3 draft choices.