Former Buckeyes Taken With First Three Picks In NFL Draft
Ohio State was well represented in the first round of the NFL Draft last night.
Former Buckeyes quarterback and Athens native Joe Burrow was the top overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by Buckeye defensive end Chase Young to Washington and defensive back Jeff Okuda to the Detroit Lions.
Ohio State now has the most first-round selections of any school with 84. The Buckeyes entered the night tied at 81 with USC.
Burrow returns to Ohio to play for the Bengals. He was a backup quarterback with Ohio State before transferring to Louisiana State in 2018. Last season, he led LSU to the national championship and won the Heisman Trophy.
Young has long been considered the top non-quarterback available in the draft. He led the nation with 16 1/2 sacks and had 46 tackles last season to become a Heisman Trophy finalist.
He joins Dwayne Haskins, another former Ohio State quarterback, who was drafted by Washington in the first round last year.
The same night, the Cleveland Browns filled an enormous hole at left tackle with one college football’s best right tackles.
With three of the top four tackle prospects still available, Cleveland used the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL draft to select Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. He will protect quarterback Baker Mayfield’s blind side.
Wills has played right tackle his entire career, but the Browns are confident he can slide to the other side. Cleveland's set at right tackle after signing free agent Jack Conklin last month. Wills is the first pick by new general manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.