Despite a season that may not have ended as Buckeye Nation had hoped, Ohio State has the potential to send another large crop of talent to the NFL this spring.
After a long offseason, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally upon us, with Round 1 getting underway on Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET (on NFL Network, Fox, ESPN), Rounds 2 and 3 continuing on Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET, and Rounds 4-7 finishing things up on Saturday, April 28 at Noon ET.
First stop on the path to the draft was the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where 11 Buckeyes went through the full workup of medical evaluations, measurements, media sessions and on-field workouts and position drills. Players like Jerome Baker, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, and Denzel Ward stood out in Indy, while guys like J.T. Barrett, Marcus Baugh, Damon Webb, and Chris Worley didn’t seem to make a substantial impression one way or another. Tyquan Lewis (flu) and Billy Price (pec tear) weren’t able to be full participants due to illness or injury.
The recently departed Buckeyes had another opportunity to show off in front of scouts at Ohio State pro day in late-March. Players like Michael Hill (DT), Erick Smith (SAF), and Tracy Sprinkle (DL) weren’t invited to the combine, but did get a chance to chat with teams at pro day, and are still hoping to see some interest throughout draft weekend, even if it means as undrafted free agents. All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Columbus to attend the event.
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