There have been a number of football leagues that have been made to try and be a minor-league type of development league for the NFL. They have essentially all been unsuccessful, much like the AAF showed most recently. If you take a step back and really look at who the ‘minor league’ types are, college football programs such as Ohio State and Alabama are two great, easy-to-find examples, with programs such as Clemson recently rising to the occasion as well. That continued this past weekend in the 2019 NFL Draft when the scarlet and gray had nine players drafted, the second most by any college in 2019.1
There were plenty of Buckeyes selected on all three days of the draft and it was the fourth straight year and fifth time in the past six years that the Buckeyes had at least two first-round selections in the NFL Draft. It was also the fourth straight year that Ohio State had at least seven players drafted.2 With Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins becoming the 80th and 81st first-round picks in Ohio State history, the scarlet and gray tied the USC Trojans for the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history.
When Nick first arrived at Ohio State, he was being compared to his older brother, Joey. In fact, some even believed that he would be better than his older brother. Those assumptions (somehow) became true and this past weekend proved that when Bosa was selected with the second-overall pick, one pick better than Joey was drafted in 2016.
Bosa became the ninth Buckeye ever to be selected in the top three picks of the NFL Draft. He is also just the second No. 2 overall pick, joining Jim McDonald (1938).
Plenty of athletes use the whole ‘chip on their shoulder’ type of saying to be self-motivated. Much of the time it is overstated, but for Haskins, it’s truly the case. When the New York Giants picked Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with Pick No. 6, passing on the Buckeye, it immediately gave Haskins that chip on his shoulder. I mean, look at his reaction when Jones was taken.
That smirk. pic.twitter.com/shl9zRWuNE
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) April 26, 2019
The best part is that the Redskins and Giants are in the same division, so Haskins will be able to go against New York twice a year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he proves that the Giants made a huge mistake each time the two teams meet.
“The league done messed up,” he said following the Giants passing on him, therefore letting him “go home” to the Redskins.
Haskins was the first Ohio State quarterback to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1982.3 The gunslinger was also the first Big Ten quarterback to be drafted in the first round since Kerry Collins was taken with the No. 5 overall pick in 1995.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 26, 2019
Campbell is used to dominating at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, as he and the Buckeyes have done so in the Big Ten Championship over the years. Now, he will get to try and continue that dominance in at least eight games every fall, as the Colts selected the kid from Akron, Ohio. He is the third Ohio State receiver to be drafted in the second round in the last four years.
Its always been more than just football for @PCampbell21. His dream since he was 8 years old is now a reality. The kid from Akron is heading to the @Colts.
#GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/NwAHKsxSyq
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 27, 2019
The speedster will look to spread the field and be the deep-route guy for Andrew Luck for the foreseeable future.
A guy that can play in a number of different areas on the defensive line, Jones will join a Broncos defensive line that already includes Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Talk about a scary sight for opposing offensive linemen.
A player that can dominate both as a wide receiver and in special teams, McLaurin will be reunited with his quarterback, as the two were both drafted by the Redskins, something that Haskins wanted. Washington was smart to do so.
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) April 24, 2019
McLaurin receiving the call from the Redskins was such an awesome moment, especially once he hung up and really showed some emotion.
After suffering a partially torn pectoral while participating in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine, it was unclear where Sheffield would be drafted. With his speed, it was likely that he wouldn’t fall too far back, but it was still tough to project. Luckily for him, the Falcons still liked his potential enough to trade up and draft him.
It was the sixth year in a row that an Ohio State cornerback has been selected in the NFL Draft, joining Denzel Ward (No. 4 overall to the Cleveland Browns in 2018), Marshon Lattimore (No. 11 overall to the New Orleans Saints in 2017), Gareon Conley (No. 24 to the Oakland Raiders in 2017), Eli Apple (No. 10 overall to the New York Giants in 2016), Doran Grant (No. 121 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015) and Bradley Roby (No. 31 overall to the Denver Broncos in 2014) as the seventh Ohio State cornerback to be drafted in the last six years, all of which were in the first four rounds of their respective drafts.
Center U? With Jordan getting drafted, it was the third straight year that Ohio State’s center has been drafted, two of which have been selected by the Bengals. With former Buckeye Billy Price already anchoring the offensive line in Cincinnati, Jordan will likely go return to guard for the Bengals.
"Whenever you come down I'm only a call or text away, just like I was at Ohio State."
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 27, 2019
Jordan was born in Cincinnati and grew up rooting for the Bengals. How cool is that?
The 10th Ohio State offensive lineman to be selected in the NFL Draft since 2012, Prince’s rise to being a draft pick was quite an impressive one. He must continue to develop, but Prince has a chance to be an anchor on Miami’s offensive line for years to come.
It seems as though the Cowboys must have two Buckeyes in their running backs room at all times. With former Ohio State running back Rod Smith becoming a free agent after spending the last three years in Dallas, Weber joins Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, continuing the tradition of the Cowboys having to former Ohio State running backs in their backfield.
With so many players getting drafted, it makes recruiting high school prospects to Ohio State that much easier for head coach Ryan Day and his staff. Do you know what else makes it easier?
The number of Buckeyes that get drafted each year speaks volumes, but the fact that players like Eddie George (Titans), Orlando Pace (Rams), Santonio Holmes (Steelers) and Nick Mangold (Jets) are respected enough to announce picks may be an even greater recruiting pitch.
— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) April 27, 2019
Along with having nine players drafted in 2019, a number of Buckeyes have already signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents as well: