J.K. Dobbins is positioned to continue the Buckeyes' steady stream of NFL draft picks
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.
It's a definite possibility that the rankings for most draft picks by school in this 2019 NFL Draft will look like this in your morning newspaper:— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) April 27, 2019
10 - Alabama
9 - @OhioStateFB
8 – Washington, Oklahoma
7 – Texas A&M
6 – Notre Dame, Clemson, Penn State
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.
Ohio State EDGE Chase Young has some scary ability. Already a top-end run defender and if he develops as a pass rusher he could be a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/ZZDebwaijV— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) April 28, 2019
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.
J.K. Dobbins is the first Ohio State player to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman AND as a sophomore. He has 1,000 yards this season after a school freshman-record 1,403 yards in 2017.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) December 2, 2018
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.
Malik Harrison nearly intercepted redshirt freshman QB Matthew Baldwin's pass over the middle on 4th-and-5 in the 1st quarter of Ohio State's spring game.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) April 15, 2019
James Laurinaitis (2005-08) said the senior LB is "a guy that can take take a step and possibly be an All-American" in 2019. pic.twitter.com/D7lXsiE7n8
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.