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Ohio State’s Teradja Mitchell is calling for a record-setting Buckeye draft class in 2019

This year’s draft isn’t even over yet, but it doesn’t hurt to look ahead a little.

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Two Buckeyes were drafted in last night’s first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and there are about a dozen more former Ohio State players waiting to hear their name. It isn’t likely that all 18 eligible prospects make the transition, but the draft class is expected to produce upwards of 10 draft picks, which isn’t too shabby.

The number of Buckeyes mocked as a draft pick would be considerably higher if some of the returning players — wide receivers specifically — would’ve chosen to declare instead of make another CFP run in 2018. Instead, as Teradja Mitchell pointed out, next year’s draft class out of Ohio State could be another record-setting group.

We’re just two years removed from the 2016 OSU draft class, which featured some of the biggest names to ever suit up for Urban Meyer, and included five first-round draft picks and a slew of others to have their name called. Saying the players coming out in 2019 will beat that kind of delegation might be a bit of a stretch, but there’s no doubt that NFL interest will be strong throughout next season, and could come close to usurping the 2016 crew.

Not only will the Buckeyes have a long list of seniors eligible to make the jump, including a handful of receivers (Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, C.J. Saunders) and some impressive o-line talent (Demetrius Knox, Malcolm Pridgeon, Isaiah Prince), but they should expect a few more players to declare early for the draft compared to this season. Some younger guys who could make the jump include Mike Weber, Kendall Sheffield -- assumed to be the next OSU DB taken in Round 1 --, Damon Arnette, Dre’Mont Jones, and most notably, Nick Bosa.

So, Mitchell isn’t too far off thinking that next year’s NFL Draft haul for Ohio State will be another one to add to the record books.

“This is exactly what I wanted, to stay in Ohio and bring the Ohio State brand to Cincinnati.”

-Billy Price, via Andrew T Hamilton, Cincy Jungle

So much time has been spent since the NFL combine analyzing Price’s pec injury and wondering whether or not his recovery would affect his draft stock. We didn’t have to wait long for an answer, however, with the Cincinnati Bengals picking the Buckeye at No. 21 overall.

Granted, he wasn’t the first center off the board, but he came quickly thereafter. Price had talked at Ohio State’s pro day about meeting with the Bengals’ brass several times, both at the combine and in the weeks afterward, and even had a quick run-in with Marvin Lewis while the head coach was in Columbus.

Things seemed to have worked out for Price, who still earned a first round pick and gets to stay in his home-state of Ohio. The Bengals are pretty happy too, with center being a top priority for the organization heading into the draft. Not only did they get a guy who can play Day 1, but they got someone who isn’t afraid to put in the work and take a leadership role among his teammates.

It’s Senior Week for Ohio State softball, and they are heading into a weekend matchup against Maryland. The series will mark the final conference series at Buckeye Field for the 2018 season — the non-conference season finale is next Wednesday, May 2.

(Seriously, how is it over already!?)

The Buckeyes are celebrating seven seniors throughout the weekend, including Becca Gavin, Ashley Goodwin, Maddie Marotti, Shelby McCombs, Bailee Sturgeon, Alex Vargas, and Taylor White. The team has a good chance of pulling off some wins to cap off these seniors’ college careers, with the Buckeyes leading the all-time series against Maryland 9-2.

She may not be a senior, but junior shortstop — and batter extraordinaire — Lilli Piper was named one of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Pipe leads the Buckeyes in just about every offensive category, and was named Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season. The Player of the Year honor will be announced May 29.

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“Fresh off another dominating run through the Big Ten regular season, Ohio State had four players receive All-Big Ten honors and the Buckeyes swept the yearly awards.”

-Ohio State Athletics

The men’s tennis team has been having a heck of a spring, and to add to their successful conference run, four Buckeyes and head coach Ty Tucker received All-Big Ten Honors.

Three Buckeyes earned the first team designation, Mikael Topegaard, John McNally and J.J. Wolf, with teammate Martin Joyce taking home second-team honors. As far as individual awards go, Topegaard was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Year, the second time he’s won the honor; McNally was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive Buckeye to win it; and Ty Tucker took home Coach of the Year, his 12th occasion in the last 13 seasons.

This marked the first time since 2011 that Ohio State swept the Big Ten end of year honors, and just the fifth time in conference history that it’s happened. The Buckeyes lead the B1G with 88 all-conference selections since 1974.