The 2020 NFL Draft is finally here, albeit in a much different (virtual) way than we are used to due to the coronavirus pandemic. Teams will make their selections from their intense at- home setups, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will announce the picks from his basement in New York. The 58 top prospects participating in the virtual draft will then record their reactions on camera.
Thus, there won’t be any stage for players to walk across to receive their team cap and handshake. There won’t be thousands of crazy fans in Vegas wearing their respective team’s gear. But, one thing remains tried-and-true: there will be a number of Ohio State Buckeyes hearing their names called this weekend.
Our 2020 NFL Draft tracker serves as your one-stop-shop for any and all updates on all the NFL-bound Buckeyes. We’ll update this post as each Ohio State player is picked, from the first round of the draft to the undrafted free agents.
Join us in debating your favorite NFL teams’ good and oh-so-very-bad choices in the comments below!
2020 NFL Draft dates and start times
Round 1: Thursday, April 23 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 24 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 25 @ 12:00 p.m. EST
How to watch
The NFL Draft will be broadcast on live TV on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network. Live streams are also available on the ESPN app, NFL app, and fuboTV.
Pick: No. 2
Team: Washington Redskins
Pegged by many as the best overall player in the entire NFL Draft, Young was unsurprisingly selected by the Redskins at No. 2 overall. The junior edge rusher took the world by storm in 2019, amassing a ridiculous 16.5 sacks to go along with 21 tackles for loss (46 total tackles), seven forced fumbles and three pass breakups. He was a dominant force in every game he played, and even when he wasn’t getting to the QB, he was wrecking opposing game plans by forcing double-teams and hurrying throws.
We’ve seen the production from the last two Ohio State defensive ends as highly touted as Young. Joey Bosa, the 2016 NFL DROY and two-time Pro Bowler, and Nick Bosa, last year’s NFL DROY and Pro Bowl selection, have both dominated at the next level for their respective teams. Chase Young, who has been scouted as being even better than his Buckeye predecessors, is poised for a long and productive professional career.
Pick: No. 3
Team: Detroit Lions
The consensus top cornerback in the NFL Draft, the man they call “El Jefe” was selected No. 3 overall by the Detroit Lions. His stats at Ohio State aren’t going to wow anyone, but it is the true mark of a good cover corner. Opposing teams refused to throw his way for fear of the outcome, and so his opportunities came a bit more limited. Even still, the junior managed to snag three interceptions while compiling 34 total tackles, nine pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Like Young before him, Okudah has been even more highly regarded than some of the best players at the position the Buckeyes have produced in recent years. Even with guys like Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward tearing up the league as some of Ohio State’s best, scouts think Okudah can be even better. The lockdown DB has even been compared to Jalen Ramsey, one of the best corner prospects ever out of college.
Pick: No. 19
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
He may have gotten lost in the shuffle as the man opposite of Okudah, but Arnette really came into his own in his final year at Ohio State. Selected with the No. 19 pick by the Las Vegas Raiders, the senior becomes the second Buckeye defensive back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the seventh DB overall chosen out of OSU in the past four drafts. He finished his stint with the Silver Bullets with one interception in 2019, which he took back 96 yards for a TD. He is also credited with eight pass breakups, a forced fumble and 35 total tackles.
Arnette did wonders for his draft stock by returning to school for another year, taking the advice of former Buckeye great and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter. He had heavily considered declaring after his junior season, but Carter convinced him that he was not ready. Arnette was a much better corner than years prior this past season working under Jeff Hafley, even despite playing the entire season with one hand in a cast.
Pick: No. 55
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins had the best season of his career in 2019, and as a result became one of the top running back prospects in the draft as he was selected at pick No. 55 by the Baltimore Ravens. The junior ball-carrier finished his final campaign in Columbus with just over 2,000 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns, with nearly another 250 yards receiving and a pair of scores through the air. While Justin Fields is the one who gets all the hype, Dobbins was the guy who kept the Ohio State offense on schedule.
Not many are sold on Dobbins as the next Ezekiel Elliott, but he does bring a lot to the table with his versatile skillset. The junior showcased his elite potential this past year, having both the strength to power through would-be tacklers and the speed to break off big chunk runs. Dobbins has great vision in the backfield, and knows how to make guys miss to gain those extra yards. Combined with Lamar Jackson in that offense, the Ravens have put together a truly scary offense for years to come.
Pick: No. 73
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
While guys like Young get all the glory off the edge, it is players like Hamilton charged with doing the dirty work up the middle. He will get a chance to continue that success as an interior lineman in the pros, being selected No. 73 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive tackles don’t usually stuff the stat sheet, mostly charged with stuffing the run up the middle and applying pressure to the pocket. While Hamilton excelled at both of these, he also showed flashes as a pass-rusher, actually finishing second on the team in 2019 with six sacks.
Fighting for playing time along an always crowded Ohio State defensive line, Hamilton got his first true chance to be an everyday starter this past season, and made the most of it. Along with the sacks, his 28 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss were good enough to earn him third-team All-Big Ten honors. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Hamilton is a large human being, and is able to use that size and power to bull rush opposing offensive linemen and close in on the QB. He could wind up to be one of the biggest sleepers in this Buckeye draft class.
Pick: No. 75
Team: Detroit Lions
The move from Rutgers to Ohio State seemed to serve Jackson pretty well, as his additional exposure has helped earn him the distinction as the No. 75 pick in the NFL Draft to the Detroit Lions. Known more for his pass protection than his run-blocking abilities, Jackson was part of an offensive line that did a great job in both areas in 2019. He started every game for the Buckeyes this past season, and was a consistent and dependable force at guard.
In Jackson’s last year at Rutgers, he was named a team captain, and was part of an O-line that ranked No. 19 in the nation, only allowing 1.33 sacks per game. As the starting left guard at Ohio State for one season, he earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He also comes with some versatility, with experience playing both guard positions as well as center.
Pick: No. 98
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ohio State’s best linebacker in 2019, and really the past few seasons, finally got to hear his name called in the NFL Draft when the Baltimore Ravens chose him with the No. 98 pick. Leading the team in total tackles with 75, Harrison was an absolute force on the Buckeye defense. His 16.5 tackles for loss on the year were second to only the aforementioned Chase Young, while he also managed 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups from his LB spot.
Harrison, a senior, has been the most dependable part of his unit for some time now. The 6-foot-3, 247 pound Columbus native is excellent in the run game, utilizing his length and speed to quickly close gaps and find his way to the ball. He moves very well for his size, and is just an overall great athlete. He earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors in his final year at Ohio State, and he will now look to translate that production into NFL success.
Pick: No. 199
Team: Los Angeles Rams
The third Ohio State defensive back taken in this year’s NFL Draft, Fuller was selected No. 199 overall by the Los Angeles Rams. The sturdy safety is a veteran of 52 games played with the Buckeyes, amassing 224 total tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries in his four-year career in Columbus. He has been incredibly reliable as Ohio State’s last line of defense, both in protecting big passing plays over the top and supporting the run D.
Having started games for the Buckeyes since his sophomore year, Fuller was a phenomenal student-athlete. Named an Academic All-American three times, he was a first-team All-Big Ten safety in 2019. A two-time captain, Fuller led Ohio State in total tackles in 2018, while finishing second in 2017 and third in 2019. He isn’t the ball-hawking type like Malik Hooker before him, but Fuller makes sure nothing gets past him at the back end of the secondary.
Pick: No. 220
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Leaving Ohio State as the program’s record-holder with 201 career receptions, Hill will get a chance to continue catching passes at the next level as the Los Angeles Chargers have taken him with the No. 220 pick in the NFL Draft. As the first Buckeye receiver with three seasons of 50 or more receptions, the senior also finished sixth in school history with 2,332 career receiving yards. In 2019 alone, Hill hauled in 57 passes for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Looking to continue Ohio State’s success at wide receiver, now with a nation-leading 20 draft picks at the position, Hill will join a number of of great NFL receivers in the league among the likes of Michael Thomas, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and others. While the 6-foot, 196 pound pass-catcher isn’t going to wow anyone with his speed, he catches everything. He was the most dependable guy on the field for the Buckeyes at all times, and his great hands mixed with his route-running savvy will certainly play at the next level.
Pick: No. 235
Team: Detroit Lions
Another former Buckeye is heading up North, as Cornell will be joining Okudah and Jackson with the Detroit Lions, who have selected the defensive tackle with the No. 235 pick. The 6-foot-3, 258 pound lineman played both DT and DE at Ohio State, racking up 62 total tackles with 14.5 tackles for loss and four sacks in 34 games played in Columbus. He will look to bring that versatility with him as he moves to the professional game.
Cornell is the third defensive lineman off the board for the Buckeyes, and the second interior lineman behind Hamilton. The Lions seem to really love their Ohio State guys, as I’m sure the local Michigan fans will get a kick out of. As previously mentioned, Cornell’s versatility is likely his biggest asset. He has the tools to play a solid up the middle in Detroit, especially when utilized on stunts, but will have to get a bit stronger if he wants to be able to play off the edge in the NFL.
Team: Carolina Panthers
The second Ohio State offensive lineman entering the NFL this year, Bowen will be signing with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. The redshirt senior has had a really tough path to get here. Halfway through his 2017 campaign, Bowen suffered a broken leg. The injury, which would require surgery, kept him out for the entirety of the 2018 season. However, he would return, and become of an integral part of the Buckeyes’ offensive line in 2019.
Playing in 12 of 13 games for OSU, Bowen was able to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors for his showing in his final season in Columbus. At 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, the offensive tackle from Utah possesses great size. Without an invite to the combine, and with Ohio State’s Pro Day being cancelled, Bowen never got a chance to improve his draft stock in drills. He can certainly be an asset to an NFL offensive line, but will need to prove he stay healthy.
Team: New England Patriots
Having not played much of a role in the Buckeyes offense, and without Ohio State’s Pro Day to show off his athleticism in drills, Berry’s NFL Draft stock took a major hit. However, that doesn’t mean his chances of a professional career are over, as the New England Patriots will be signing the tight end as an undrafted free agent.
Catching only 17 passes for 198 yards and four TDs in his four playing years in Columbus, Berry was a bit of a forgotten man. Ohio State isn’t a team that utilizes its tight end much in the passing game, but the 6-foot-4, 255 pound TE showcased his skillset in other ways. Berry showed a really passion for blocking, something he was very good at. He’s also a phenomenal athlete, featuring both great speed for his size and fantastic strength. If anyone can get the most out of someone like Berry, it’s Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Team: New York Giants
Yet another Ohio State wide receiver to make it to the league, Victor will sign with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. This past season, the long and athletic wideout caught 35 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns. Standing at 6-foot-4, Victor is a very slender target, but possesses the length and the vision to go up and get it on deep balls and 50/50s. Over his college career as a whole, he hauled in 83 total passes for 1,340 yards and 18 TDs.
Underutilized at times on the Buckeye offense, Victor has an incredibly high ceiling as an NFL wide receiver. Although OSU tended to use him as more of a run after the catch guy, his true value comes as a deep threat. His long legs and smooth strides make him appear to glide across the field, beating opposing DBs and using all of his height to snag passes out of the air. Victor could be a sneaky-good pickup for the G-Men.
Team: New York Giants
Joining Victor in New York will be Austin Mack, as the New York Giants have signed both former Ohio State wide receivers as undrafted free agents. Mack quietly put together a 1,000-yard receiving career with the Buckeyes, catching 79 passes for 1,050 yards and six touchdowns during his time in Columbus.
Mack was a causality of an overflow of talent at wide receiver, as his injury past left him as more of the odd man out more times than not. However, when healthy, Mack was one of the most consistent pass-catchers on the roster. He made his fair share of highlight plays on numerous occasions, and has pretty good size for the NFL at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. He and Victor will both get a chance to make the Giants roster in training camp, whenever that may be.
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Known almost as well for his incredible camp check-in t-shirts as his on-field production, McCullough, the former Ohio State long snapper, will be signing with the Las Vegas Raiders as an undrafted free agent. As the Buckeyes’ LS, McCullough helped OSU kicker Blake Haubeil hit on a perfect 122-of-122 extra points the past two seasons. In addition to his snapping prowess, the NFL will surely love his infectious and fun personality.