The 2018 NFL Draft already feels like months ago, but even just two weeks later, analysts and scouts are already turning their attention on the next group of guys to make the jump to the pros. Draft insider Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, already put out his 2019 big board, and three Buckeyes were named among the top 25 overall NFL prospects—with three more named among the top 10 at their positions.
Miller’s list of Buckeyes included: Nick Bosa (No. 1 overall), Dre’Mont Jones (No. 16 overall), Kendall Sheffield (No. 18 overall), Mike Weber (No. 7 among RBs), Isaiah Prince (No. 10 among OTs), and Michael Jordan (No. 9 among OGs).
Sure, it’s way too early to start thinking about the No. 1 overall draft pick in next year’s event, but it seems pretty unanimous that Nick Bosa is going to be a priority for several teams. The legacy Buckeye has a chance to not only equal his brother’s accomplishments in college and during his transition to the pros, but to ultimately best Joey’s collegiate production and be a higher draft pick is definitely in the realm of possibilities.
Bosa being atop Miller’s big board for next year isn’t really that surprising — just as it won’t be that surprising when Mike Mayock, ESPN, et al put out their big boards with the Bosa brother at No. 1. He was long considered to be a more natural talent than his brother Joey, even during his recruitment to Ohio State, and despite being among a pretty deep D-line rotation, has done enough to be the real standout among the group.
Since getting to Columbus in 2016—just months after Joey left, ruining my dream of calling them the `Bosa Bash Brothers`—the younger brother of the DE phenom got straight to work. In his two seasons at Ohio State, Nick has amassed 63 total tackles (23 for loss) and 13.5 sacks—coming off a career-high 8.5 sack season in 2017. He also got a little more handsy last season, recording two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Bosa may be the biggest name at DE when talking about the 2019 draft class, but he certainly isn’t the only one. Aside from the Buckeye, Miller names Ed Oliver (Houston) and Rashan Gary (Michigan) as his top D-line prospects heading into next year’s draft.
Potentially having another draft with multiple first round picks is exciting. Aside from Bosa being a given, Miller also expects Dre’Mont Jones to be a Round 1 take and for CB Kendall Sheffield to continue the first-round tradition of defensive backs out of Ohio State.
Perhaps not as well-known as Bosa, Jones was a pivotal player for the Buckeyes the past two seasons. After taking a redshirt his freshman year, he went on to collect 71 total tackles (9 for loss) and one sack in his two years among the defensive line rotation. Jones isn’t really designated as an edge prospect, but should be able to find his niche at the next level.
Sheffield, on the other hand, has had a bit of a windy career before landing with the Buckeyes. Initially enrolled to play for Alabama, the cornerback moved to JUCO in 2016 before transferring to OSU in 2017. In his first season in Columbus, he became the heir apparent for a starting role in the secondary, having recorded 40 total tackles, nine pass breakups and a forced fumble. With Denzel Ward and Damon Webb no longer on the roster, Sheffield’s experience puts him among the top of the class.
Not all the top Buckeyes considered draft prospects in next year’s class were given a first-round grade, but were named among the top of their respective positions. Mike Weber was graded as the No. 7 running back prospect, Isaiah Prince at No. 10 among OTs and Michael Jordan coming in at No. 9 among interior offensive linemen.
Some takeaways from these rankings: 1) We’re in for another BIG draft for Buckeyes, 2) Miller isn’t expecting for J.K. Dobbins to declare early (yay!), and 3) Seriously, no wideouts?
Almost a year in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft, there are already six Buckeyes considered locks coming off the draft board. Whether they end up going in Round 1 or Round 6 is yet to be seen, but regardless, they are expected to hear their name called throughout the three-day event. The 2018 football seasons isn’t even among us, and some starters haven’t even been named yet, so it’s fairly safe to assume that the list of viable Ohio State prospects will continue to grow.
Mike Weber absolutely deserves to be ranked among the best of the rushers, but the omission of J.K. Dobbins means that Miller isn’t expecting the younger Buckeye to make the transition to the pros next season. Declaring early—especially for RBs—is commonplace, given the wear and tear these players put on their bodies. Dobbins being around for a year without Weber will really allow him to become the feature back that he is.
The biggest question mark of this entire big board is the lack of any OSU receivers. Look, I get it, the past few years have been rough for wideouts at Ohio State. Despite this, though, last year’s group was able to carve out individual niches throughout the offense to make it work—and if you don’t consider Parris Campbell a top prospect, then I don’t know what to tell you.
We are a long way from the 2019 NFL Draft, but there’s already a lot to be excited about with the potential for your favorite NFL team to add some Buckeye talent.
How many Buckeyes will go in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft?
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3 (Bosa, Jones, Sheffield)