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Ohio State Football: 5 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Buckeyes

Ohio State Football: 5 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Buckeyes

Ohio State Football: 5 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch for the Buckeyes

Even as the coronavirus relegated the 2020 NFL Draft to a stay-at-home affair for coaches, general managers, players, and fans alike, the NFL showed their affection of Ohio State Buckeyes by selecting 10 players throughout the three-day affair. As a matter of fact, former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow, who left Ohio State for LSU before the 2018 season, helped to give Ohio State a claim to the first three selections on Thursday night (Chase Young and Jeff Okudah followed Burrow).

Moving onto 2021, Ohio State will have its share of talented prospects that will interest the NFL. It is entirely possible that other prospects may wind up on this list, but below are five players who are probably already pretty high on NFL teams' draft boards.

1. Justin Fields, QB (Jr., 6-3, 228)

An upcoming junior, Fields had a spectacular first season in Columbus after transferring from Georgia. A dual-threat quarterback, Fields accounted for 51 touchdowns, with 41 touchdown passes, and 10 touchdowns on the ground. While Fields will have eligibility in 2022, it is widely expected he will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and probably end up a high first-round draft choice.

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2. Shaun Wade, CB (Jr., 6-1, 195)

Another junior, Wade contemplated entering the 2020 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore, and Ohio State fans are truly relieved that he did not, as Wade will be the most experienced player in the Buckeyes' secondary this upcoming season. Wade will be given the task of covering the opponent's best wide receiver and should have an opportunity to move up NFL draft boards with a strong on-field performance.

3. Wyatt Davis, G (Jr., 6-4, 315)

Davis contemplated entering the 2020 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore. The grandson of the late NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis, the son of actor Duane Davis, Wyatt Davis established himself as one of the premier offensive linemen in college football during the 2019 season. In 2019, Davis helped to establish a strong wall of protection for Justin Fields and he also excels at run blocking. Look at the clip of number 52 below to get an idea of Davis' tenacity.

4. Thayer Munford, OT (Sr., 6-6, 315)

A senior this fall, Munford plays the crucial left tackle spot, protecting Justin Fields' blindside. Munford has accumulated starting experience, making 26 over the last two seasons, and playing in 38 of 42 games over the last three.

5. Josh Myers, C (Jr., 6-5, 312)

Another junior, Myers emerged at center during the 2019 season. A crucial part of the wall that helps to protect Justin Fields, Myers moved from guard and he flourished at the pivot. Even though center is not often a high-profile selection in the draft, eight were taken this year, including one (Cesar Ruiz) in the first round. Myers should rank as one of the top players at his position going into the 2020 college football season.

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He also is writing and podcasting for www.theozone.net. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.