Adding Context To Ohio State’s Big Draft Weekend

By May 2, 2021 (11:36 pm)BSB Quickly Editions, Football
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Ohio State and Alabama tied for having the most players drafted this year. NFL teams selected 10 players from each program.

The Buckeyes also had 10 players drafted in 2020, making them one of the few programs to have double-digit selections in back-to-back years in the modern-draft era (ie. since the introduction of the seven-round format in 1994). As Bill Landis of The Athletic noted, they join Alabama and USC as the only teams to accomplish that feat.

They are one of three schools, along with Alabama and Clemson, to have at least five players go in at least seven of the last eight drafts.

With now Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields hearing his name called at pick No. 11, Ohio State also extended their streak of having a player go in the first round. That’s happened every year since 2015. Fields’ selection additionally allowed OSU to pad their lead in having the most first-round selections ever taken. With 85 picks, they are ahead of USC (82) and Alabama (71).

Finally, Ohio State still has more draft picks taken than any other team since 2000. Their total of 144 is ahead of No. 2 Alabama and their 122 players.

Ohio State Players Taken In The 2021 NFL Draft:

RoundPickTeamPlayerPosition
111Chicago Bears Justin FieldsQB
260New Orleans SaintsPete WarnerLB
262Green Bay PackersJosh MyersC
386Minnesota VikingsWyatt DavisG
388San Francisco 49ersTrey SermonRB
3105Denver BroncosBaron BrowningLB
4132Cleveland BrownsTommy Togiai DT
5145Jacksonville JaguarsLuke FarrellTE
5160Baltimore RavensShaun WadeCB
5239Jonathon CooperDenver BroncosDE/LB