The 2016 Ohio State draft class is special and potentially record-breaking. Filled with possible top-five selections, first round picks and highly conveyed depth players, this class will rival the special Miami draft classes of the early 2000s and could be one of the greatest draft crops of all-time.
There are hundreds of mock drafts out on the internet for the 2016 NFL Draft. But where is the 2016 Ohio State draft class going to be selected? This mock is broken down into where the player should go, based on skill set, draft position, and team need. The second part are other realistic fits, based on team need.
UPDATE, Apr 30, 2016, 12:21p: Perry was picked No. 102 by the San Diego Chargers
Other fits: New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals
Starting 39 games, Joshua Perry has been a stable at the SAM linebacker position for Urban Meyer. Perry will bring high character, high intelligence and physical play to wherever he lands. He may not be as athletic as some of the top linebackers in this class, but he has a high football IQ and a nose for the football.
The Urban Meyer-Bill Belichick connection has not always worked out for Belichick, but Perry's character and talent fits a need for the Patriots. New England looks to be changing to a 3-4 defense, where Perry can kick inside next to Dont'a Hightower and challenge Jonathan Freeny for a starting spot. When Hightower and Jamie Collins went down last season, the Patriots' defense struggled. Perry will be able to pick up Belichick's defense quickly and climb the depth chart.
Where he should go: Pittsburgh Steelers, fourth round, No. 123
Other fits: Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks
Powell was one of the few surprises to leave early; however, his length and ball-hawking abilities fit with today's NFL. Powell is not overly physical, but he will be a nice depth piece as a coverage focused free safety. Powell will bring energy and leadership, and he should fit into any locker room.
For as talented as the Steelers are at throwing the ball, they are quite the opposite at defending the pass. Powell would be able to learn from veteran free safety Mike Mitchell and get on the field in nickle or passing situations. The former Sugar Bowl Defensive MVP could also provide depth or challenge to start in Tennessee or Baltimore. Seattle could be a darkhorse for Powell to back-up the oft-injured Earl Thomas, while also learning from one of the best free safety's in the game.
UPDATE, Apr 30, 2016, 1:59p: Cardale was taken No. 139 by the Bills
Where he should go: Arizona Cardinals, fifth round, No. 168
Other fits: Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys
What a difference a year makes. After leading the Buckeyes wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon, Jones was seen as a very intriguing NFL prospect and a first round lock. Scouts and draft pundits drooled over his Ben Roethlisberger-like size, rocket arm and mobility, and some even had him as the first quarterback taken in the 2015 draft. Then, Jones decided to not strike while the iron was hot and return to school to compete for the starting quarterback position. After an up-and-down senior season, Jones' stock has plummeted and he could be selected anywhere from the third to the sixth round.
Jones' best situation would be to sit for a couple of years behind a quality NFL veteran and learn how to become a professional, both on the field and in the locker room. The Arizona Cardinals would be a great fit for "12 Gauge," as he can sit behind Carson Palmer and learn the ropes. Palmer becomes a free agent in 2018, which would give Jones two years to study from one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. The Steelers and the Cowboys would be similar situations for Jones, but the Bills would give him a chance to start earlier, with quarterback Tyrod Taylor set to hit free agency in 2017.
Where he should go: Kansas City Chiefs, seventh round, No. 249
Other fits: Washington, Cincinnati Bengals
Due to the departures of wide receivers Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller, most Buckeye fans questioned why Marshall decided to turn pro, since he would have been J.T. Barrett's number one target in 2016. Marshall will be limited by his size, lack of straight-line speed and ball security issues; which is why he will be a final day selection, or a priority free agent. His biggest issue is that although he does do a few things well, he does not do anything great. Marshall will be drafted or signed by a team who lacks quickness from the slot and a punt returner.
The Chiefs have a little speedster in D'Anthony Thomas, but behind Jeremy Maclin, they have little-to-no depth at receiver. Marshall could compete right away in Kansas City as the fourth or fifth wideout and the starting punt returner. Washington and the Bengals are also two teams in similar situations as the Chiefs and they would be two other options to draft or sign the former Buckeye.
Undrafted free agent
Fits: Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers
Schutt is in a tough situation after his final season was cut short by injury and his lack of an invitation to any scouting-based bowl game. The 6'2, 295 lb defensive tackle will be a priority undrafted free agent with some upside to stick onto a 4-3 team deep into training camp.
Undrafted free agent
Fits: Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers
Those four teams are the most tackle-needy teams in the draft and Farris could serve as a training camp body.