One of the first, way too early mock drafts was posted earlier today by one of SB Nation's NFL sites, Bleeding Green Nation, and it had some prospective good news for a couple of Buckeyes: four Ohio State players are projected to go in the first round of next year's NFL Draft. Just a few months ago, the first Ohio State player picked in the draft was an offensive weapon, Devin Smith; it looks like the next draft will start with a score of defensive players and linemen.
No. 5 - Joey Bosa, Cleveland Browns
Projected to be taken at five by the Cleveland Browns, members of the Dog Pound would be more than happy to welcome the electric defensive lineman to their squad. Ahead of the 2015 season, Bosa already has a college career total of 99 combined tackles, 21 sacks and two touchdowns from fumble recoveries, along with a laundry list of awards and acknowledgements. The is one draft pick Browns fans wouldn't boo:
"His athletic ability and size allows him to play at various spots in a defensive formation, which will prove wholly beneficial in Cleveland."
No. 17 - Taylor Decker, Minnesota Vikings
Expected to go in the middle of the first round, Decker could find himself calling Minnesota home. He may not be the flashiest player on the line, but his technical ability will prove consistent and appreciated by teams at the next level.
"The Vikings need to address the offensive line and Decker is a safe bet to upgrade over Kalil."
No. 19 - Darron Lee, Kansas City Chiefs
Another linebacker projected to go halfway through round one, Lee could make an impact for the Chiefs right away. Just last season, Lee recorded 81 total combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns off fumble recoveries. With a thin depth chart at the line, head coach Andy Reid could find himself using his first pick on someone to strengthen that side of the ball.
"The Chiefs are stacked on defense and the addition of Lee could make this team scary."
No. 31 - Ezekiel Elliott, Indianapolis Colts
Falling lower in the draft order than perhaps he would like, Elliott is still the first and only running back projected to go in the first round next year. Landing with the Colts could force some competition with former Buckeye, Daniel "Boom" Herron, who just earned his spot as the number three back with the team.
"Frank Gore will not last forever, so it would be a smart play to add an elite running back prospect while the Colts can."