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Ohio State’s final 2020 NFL Draft projections, per the experts

Where are the Buckeyes in this year’s draft predicted to land?

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As we close in on the 2020 (virtual) NFL Draft, all of the draft experts, analysts, and fortune tellers are submitting their final mock drafts of the year. I took a look at ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s and CBS’ Ryan Wilson’s latest to get an idea of where some of Ohio State’s NFL Draft hopefuls will continue their football careers.


ROUND ONE

Chase Young

Kiper- No. 2 Redskins

Wilson- No. 2 Redskins

Safe to say this prediction has not wavered since February. As Kiper noted, the only way this doesn’t pan out is if Washington trades back to try to add more picks, which is highly unlikely. Kiper also notes that Young is “one of the most NFL-ready defenders” he has graded in the past few years.

Wilson agreed with Kiper. While, yes, trade-down scenarios are possible, however the Redskins “have needs up and down the roster” and Young is “the best player in this draft class.”

It’s safe to say Young will be joining former Buckeyes Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin in Landover, Maryland. It’s also safe to say the Redskins may be a force to be reckoned with in the next year or two.

Jeff Okudah

Kiper- No. 3 Lions

Wilson- No. 3 Lions

Another prediction that has held relatively strong is Okudah to Detroit at No. 3. Although, I’ve also seen him going anywhere from fourth to fifth to twelfth in a few mock drafts over the last few months. Now, it seems as though all the experts are on the same page: Okudah will go third overall to the Lions.

Ever since Detroit traded Darius Slay to the Eagles, they’re in need of a No. 1 corner, and Kiper said Okudah could very well be that guy.

“He’d instantly help the league’s last-ranked pass defense. Detroit could solicit trade offers to add valuable picks, but Matt Patricia is 9-22-1 in two seasons as coach, so he needs to win now to keep his job. His best bet might be taking the draft’s best cornerback.”

As for Wilson, he had Okudah going No. 12 overall to the Raiders just three weeks ago. As our Gene Ross noted in his previous mock draft summary, Wilson thought that there may be a slew of trade-ups for QBs and linemen ahead of Okudah, allowing him to fall into the Raiders’ pocket.

Now, while he said the Lions should trade out of this pick since they already signed cornerback Desmond Trufant after trading Slay, Wilson said the Lions can’t possibly pass on Okudah if they do end up staying put. Wilson also has Okudah ranked as the No. 4 overall draft prospect.


ROUND TWO

J.K. Dobbins

Kiper- No. 37 Chargers

Wilson- No. 54 Bills

Dobbins has been all over the place in terms of mock drafts. For example, in the beginning of April, ESPN’s Todd McShay had Dobbins going No. 39 to the Dolphins, while Wilson had him going No. 57 to the Texans.

Kiper believes he will be a good fit in L.A., however, due to the fact that the Chargers are down to one quarterback in Austin Ekeler, meaning Dobbins can “work his way into the rotation and pick up first downs.”

As for Wilson, he moved Dobbins up three sports since his last mock draft, and now has the running back headed to Buffalo with the No. 54 overall pick. Wilson noted that Dobbins and Bills running back Devin Singletary “would be a welcome duo for Josh Allen.”

Considering McShay still has Dobbins going No. 39 to Miami in his final mock draft, it will be interesting to see who is right. Either way, Dobbins will likely find himself picked up pretty early on day two of the draft.

Damon Arnette

Kiper- No. 46 Broncos

Wilson- No. 62 Green Bay

Arnette could have declared for the draft at the end of the 2018 season, but decided not to after Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter told him he’d benefit from one more collegiate season. So, he did, and that decision is about to pay off...literally.

Last year, he would have likely been a late-round pick. Now, he’s likely to go somewhere in the mid to late second round. Kiper said Arnette has “some potential as a press-man corner” and that the Broncos could use someone to “make a push for the outside spot opposite newly acquired cornerback A.J. Bouye.”

Wilson has Arnette going a little later than in his previous mock (which was No. 58 to the Vikings). All he notes about the cornerback is that “Arnette is NFL ready, and at 24, he’ll be ready to step into a prominent role on Day 1.”

Not sure many analysts would have been calling Arnette “NFL ready” a year ago, meaning he can rest knowing that he made the right decision to improve his game.


Arnette is the last Buckeye to go in Kiper’s mock draft, which only goes through the second round of the draft. Wilson’s, however, goes through the third, where he was linebacker Malik Harrison going at No. 77 to the Broncos, defensive tackle Davon Hamilton going No. 81 overall to the Raiders, and offensive lineman Jonah Jackson at No. 83 to the Broncos— which is a significant drop from his last mock draft, where he had Jackson going at No. 52 overall to the Rams.

Round one of the draft begins Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN/ABC/ESPN App.