Ohio State had nine players selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, only one selection away from tying Alabama for the most. Defensive end Nick Bosa and quarterback Dwayne Haskins led the group of Buckeyes as first-round picks, while the other seven players were chosen over the second and third days of the draft.
Despite losing such quality talent to the NFL, the cupboard is far from bare in Columbus. Below are five players likely to be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Chase Young, DE (Jr., 6-5, 265)
An upcoming junior, Young is widely expected to play one more season in Columbus before declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. Young will be the leader of a talented and deep defensive line, and could be among the first players chosen next year.
2. J.K. Dobbins, RB (Jr., 5-10, 217)
Another junior, Dobbins has posted 2,456 rushing yards in his first two seasons in Columbus. With Mike Weber off to the NFL, Dobbins seems likely to have the bulk of the carries in 2019, and could showcase his versatility to NFL teams as both a runner and receiver this season.
3. Malik Harrison, LB (Sr., 6-3, 245)
Harrison contemplated declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, and Ohio State fans are excited about what Harrison can do this upcoming season. With a new defensive coaching staff, Harrison may be able to use a strong senior season to turn him into an early-round pick next year.
4. Jordan Fuller, S (Sr., 6-2, 205)
Fuller also contemplated declaring for this year's draft, but decided to return to Ohio State for his senior season. An academic standout and a team captain in 2018, Fuller's leadership in the secondary will be crucial for the new defensive coaching staff this fall.
5. K.J. Hill, WR (Sr., 6-0, 195)
Hill strongly considered leaving school early, along with fellow receivers Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, and Johnnie Dixon, but decided to come back and finish his Buckeyes career. Coming into 2019, Hill is within striking distance of several Ohio State receiving records, and seems likely be selected in the 2020 draft with a strong senior year.