Mock drafts have become a staple after the NFL and college seasons wrap up, and while the NFL Draft is still over three months away, there is plenty of speculation as to how many Buckeyes could go Round 1 and where they might land.
Before NFL Combine invitations have been confirmed, and before the slew of 40-yard dash times are sprawled across Twitter, some of the media tried their best to predict the results of the first round.
|SB Nation||CBS Sports (Dane Brugler)||CBS Sports (Rob Rang)||Bleacher Report|
|Joey Bosa (DE)||No. 3 (Chargers)||No. 3 (Chargers)||No. 2 (Browns)||No. 1 (Titans)|
|Taylor Decker (OT)||No. 13 (Eagles)||No. 16 (Lions)||No. 23 (Seahawks)||No. 16 (Lions)|
|Ezekiel Elliott (RB)||No. 20 (Jets)||No. 18 (Colts)||No. 18 (Colts)||No. 31 (Panthers)|
|Darron Lee (LB)||No. 26 (Chiefs)||--||No. 27 (Vikings)||--|
|Michael Thomas (WR)||No. 28 (Bengals)||--||--||No. 15 (Rams)|
|Vonn Bell (S)||--||--||--||No. 19 (Bills)|
The Combine and subsequent Pro Day workouts will do a lot to these mock drafts, with players sure to slide up and down the list until Draft Day in late-April.
One thing that looks like a given, is Bosa going as one of the top three picks in 2016. His targeting penalty and ejection in the Fiesta Bowl -- only to cap off a year that started with a suspension -- aren't likely to affect his draft stock all that much. He's one of the most mobile defensive guys on the board, and with comparisons to living legend J.J. Watt, will be an easy choice for any of the top three teams.
The next Buckeye to get drafted is a toss-up between Ezekiel Elliott and Taylor Decker. Two different positions to fill, but both are expected to go mid-to-late first round. Elliott could be joining fellow Buckeye running back Dan "Boom" Herron in Indy, or wideout Devin Smith with the Jets -- perhaps far less likely, is Elliott dropping to the very last pick in the first round, and joining four former Ohio State players in Carolina. Decker is projected to land with the Lions or Eagles, if he doesn't fall to the Seahawks at No. 23.
Darron Lee doesn't get unanimous support as a first round pick, with only two of the four mock draft writers including him in their Top 31. Not expected to go before No. 26, Lee could be a big help to the Chiefs or Vikings, but might be one of the players to fall into the second or third round.
Michael Thomas and Vonn Bell were the last two to declare for the draft, although not surprisingly. Thomas has gotten a few votes of confidence as a first round pick, with only two mock drafts including him in the top 31. Bell is in a similar position, with only one mock draft showing him going in the Round 1. Both Thomas and Bell could just as easily fall to the second round, but regardless should hear their name at some point during the NFL Draft.
Where do you think these potential first rounders will land? Anyone you think is missing?