Ohio State is going to be pouring some high-round picks into this year’s NFL Draft, and a few of them will be on hand when their names are called. Per NFL Director of Football Communications Randall Liu, cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley will both attend the draft festivities in Philadelphia.
Lattimore and Conley played key roles in Ohio State’s lockdown secondary in 2016, combining for eight interceptions, 17 pass breakups, and 59 total tackles. Alongside other soon-to-be draftee Malik Hooker, Lattimore and Conley carried the Buckeyes to a No. 8 overall ranking in pass defense.
SB Nation’s draft rankings have Lattimore as the top corner available in this year’s class, with Conley as a respectable No. 3. Both have the skills, physicality, and football smarts to start very quickly at the next level—particularly for a team like the Tennessee Titans, who grabbed Lattimore at No. 5 in SB Nation’s mock draft.
Ohio State produced two of the most impactful rookies in the NFL last season in Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and Chargers DE Joey Bosa. With the monstrous talent coming out of Columbus this season—from the lockdown corners to do-it-all LB Raekwon McMillan to stud punter Cameron Johnston—there’s no reason to think former Buckeyes can’t repeat the feat this year.
Plenty of other big names will be in Philadelphia with the top Buckeye corners. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson will be there—remember what he did the last time they were all in a room together?—as well as other College Football Playoff standouts Jonathan Allen (DT, Alabama) and John Ross (WR, Washington). The most notable exception is likely No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, who will watch the event from home, presumably so his family is on hand to console him if he’s taken by Cleveland.
See the full list of 22 attendees below.