Each year, the NFL names a bunch of league legends who will announce picks for their former teams, and this year those will take place on Friday, Day 2, and among the long list of honorees are four Buckeyes.
Now, there’s always a bit of shuffling around as teams trade up and down throughout Round 1 and beyond, but as of Friday morning, this is where things stand. This also means that not every team has a second or third round pick, so the Buckeye set to announce in Round 2, may have to wait until Round 3 to make their selection.
Eddie George (No. 51 — Titans)
It’s fitting that the first Buckeye to take the stage — in Nashville, where the event is being hosted this year — is Hall of Fame nominee and 4x Pro Bowler Eddie George.
The Ohio State legend is set to announce the No. 51 pick for the Tennessee Titans, after spending all but one year of career with the franchise. (Even though it evolved from the Houston Oilers, to the Tennessee Oilers, before becoming the Titans in 1999).
It’ll be a Buckeye affair at No. 51, with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs involved with the decision.
Santonio Holmes (No. 52 — Steelers)
The next man to take the stage will be another offensive weapon out of Ohio State, with wide receiver Santonio Holmes announcing the Pittsburgh Steelers pick at No. 52.
Last year, the team had Ryan Shazier announce one of their picks, highlighting one of the first times he was seen walking since his scary injury that took him away from the game.
Holmes’ celebration may not be as widespread as the former, but the wideout is infamous among fans of his former team. He only played for the franchise for four years of his career, but he made an incredible game-winning catch in the Super Bowl:
And fans will forever be thankful.
Nick Mangold (No. 68 — Jets)
Buckeye center Nick Mangold played all 11 years of his career with the Jets, was named to 7 (!) Pro Bowls and was First-Team All-Pro twice. He ended up retiring after going unsigned by the team due to age and lingering injuries, but he’s still one of the franchise’s favorite players.
I mean, how could you not love a guy who accepts his free agency fate from only team he ever played for, like this:
Orlando Pace (No. 94 — Rams)
The Rams initially held the No. 63 pick in the second round, but traded it to the Kansas City Chiefs and will instead pick late in the third for their first selection on Friday night.
Pace is a Hall of Famer, is the most recent No. 1 overall selection out of Ohio State, and someone who is considered one of the best tackles to ever play the game. He stayed remarkably healthy for a guy who was battled every single week, and is still among the most respected alumni of the game and out of Columbus.