The 2018 NFL Draft is now over, and it was a pretty eventful weekend for the Buckeyes, with seven players getting picked over the three-day event. From the good — Denzel Ward continuing the first-round legacy of Kerry Coombs players — to the bad — Jamarco Jones falling three rounds further than he was projected — a lot of dreams were realized.
For the handful of Ohio State prospects that didn’t get picked this weekend, this isn’t the end of the road. The undrafted free agent scramble is a way for a lot of these guys to still find a roster spot and head to rookie camp, where they’ll get another shot to prove their value at the next level.
Here’s the full breakdown of Buckeyes picked the 2018 NFL Draft:
Denzel Ward (No. 4) Cleveland Browns
It was no surprise that Ward was the first Buckeye off of the board, but to go No. 4 was quite the vote of confidence from Cleveland. The Browns are getting a home-town guy, who should be able to step in Day 1 and contribute to a defense that has more than one area in which they need to improve.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? RB Carlos Hyde
Billy Price (No. 21) Cincinnati Bengals
Despite concerns about falling out of the first round due to his pec injury sustained at the combine, Price was still taken on the opening night of the event. He met with the Bengals a few times throughout the draft process, and will now continue his football path a little further south — but still in his home-state — and play for the Bengals.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? DE Sam Hubbard (more on him in a second)
Tyquan Lewis (No. 64) Indianapolis Colts
Getting picked in the late-second round is about right for Lewis, who was sick for part of the combine, but had a good showing at Ohio State’s Pro Day back in March. Lewis joins a host of other Buckeye defenders in Indy, and should fit right in at the next level.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? SAF Malik Hooker, OL Jack Mewhort, LB Joshua Perry, LB John Simon
Jerome Baker (No. 73) Miami Dolphins
Baker met with a lot of teams throughout the pre-draft process, and despite his athleticism and leadership qualities, was always considered a third round pick — which is where he went. Last year, the Dolphins snagged Raekwon McMillan, and reuniting these two on Miami’s defense should make other teams in the AFC East a little nervous.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? LB Raekwon McMillan
Sam Hubbard (No. 77) Cincinnati Bengals
The defensive end was considered a bubble first or second round pick early on in the draft process, but ended up sliding into Round 3. It could all be for the best, as the Bengals picked up another Ohio native, and one that can line up at various positions and compete.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? C Billy Price
Jalyn Holmes (No. 102) Minnesota Vikings
Another Buckeye who fell further than expected was DE Jalyn Holmes, but he was eventually picked up by the Vikings in Round 4. He wasn’t a full-time starter for the Buckeyes, but competed along side the best in the country for most of his collegiate career.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? C Pat Elflein
Jamarco Jones (No. 168) Seattle Seahawks
The offensive tackle fell into the fifth round of the draft, but landing with the Seattle Seahawks should make the wait worth it. Jones is used to protecting mobile quarterbacks at Ohio State, and he’ll have his hands full with Russell Wilson’s motor in Seattle, but the Buckeye is up for the challenge.
Is he joining any other Buckeyes? TE Nick Vannett
Undrafted free agent signings
- J.T. Barrett agrees to minicamp tryout with the Colts AND Saints
- Tracy Sprinkle signed by the Carolina Panthers as a UDFA
- Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh will be joining the Oakland Raiders
- Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley will sign with the Cincinnati Bengals, per reports
- Ohio State safety Damon Webb signs with Tennessee Titans, per reports
- Michael Hill signed by the Lions as a UDFA
- Elijaah Goins signed by Titans as a UDFA