Ohio State had an impressive seven players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, highlighted by the first-round selections of Denzel Ward (fourth overall by the Cleveland Browns) and Billy Price (21st overall by the Cincinnati Bengals). While most of the selections were on the second and third days of the draft, Ohio State still led the B1G in the number of players selected by the NFL.
Even with seven players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Ohio State has a loaded roster that will be very attractive to inquiring NFL scouts in 2019. Below are five players who will be prime candidates to have their names called sometime during the 2019 NFL Draft.
1. Nick Bosa, DE (Jr., 6-4, 263)
The younger brother of former Buckeye and current Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa will be a true junior during the 2018 season, but it is widely anticipated that this will be his last season in Columbus. NFL personnel people are not allowed to publicly comment on players, but Bosa is already being talked about as the player taken with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
2. Dre'Mont Jones, DL (R-Jr., 6-3, 290)
Jones strongly considered entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but came back to improve his draft stock. Jones has played primarily as an interior defensive lineman at Ohio State, but may see some opportunities at defensive end during the 2018 season.
3. Kendall Sheffield, CB (R-Jr., 6-0, 193)
Ohio State has had a defensive back selected in the first round for the last three drafts, the latest being Denzel Ward going fourth overall to Cleveland. This tied a previous draft record, also held by Ohio State from 1999-2001. Sheffield, a cornerback who signed with Ohio State as a junior college transfer out of Blinn (Texas) College in 2017, could be the next player to add his name to this illustrious list next spring.
When Ohio State CB Denzel Ward is selected in the 1st round, it would mark 3 straight years a Buckeyes CB went in the first round. Ohio State would be the first school with a CB selected in the first round in 3 straight drafts since... Ohio State from 1999-2001.
4. Parris Campbell, WR (R-Sr., 6-1, 208)
Campbell also considered entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but decided to come back for another year to improve his draft stock. Used in a variety of ways by Urban Meyer and the Ohio State offensive coaching staff, Campbell has explosive acceleration once in the open field, and could be enticing for NFL teams as not only a wide receiver, but also as a return specialist.
5. Isaiah Prince, OT (Sr., 6-7, 310)
A starter at right tackle the last two seasons, Prince will be given an opportunity to win the starting left tackle spot that was vacated by the departure of Jamarco Jones, who was a fifth-round pick by Seattle. After spring practice, Prince was still in consideration for the left tackle position, along with rising sophomore Thayer Munford. No matter if Prince plays on the left or right side, his experience and measurables will make him a coveted player in the 2019 NFL Draft for teams needing help up front.