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Five for Friday: Buckeyes You'll See in Next Year's NFL Draft

By Tony Gerdeman

Having watched the First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft and not yet seen any Buckeyes come off the board, it got me wondering how much different things will be next year.

Everybody knows that Bradley Roby is going to leave early and be a first rounder, but what about his teammates? Will anybody be joining him in the first round? There are certainly some possibilities, but no guarantees.

Regardless of first round or not, here are five (plus) names that will be called a year from now.

Bradley Roby
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Bradley Roby

1. Bradley Roby
There's a decent chance that Bradley Roby would have been a first-round draft pick this year if he had chosen to leave following his redshirt sophomore season. Even though he will only be a junior following this season, he is absolutely gone, and he should be. He was a first-team All-American last season as a sophomore and nobody in the nation defended more passes per game (1.73) than he did. He's the fastest Buckeye on the roster, a lockdown corner with good size, and very good in run support. He's also very serious about his job and is one of the best-prepared players Ohio State has seen in some time. He is supremely confident because he is supremely prepared. He has also called his shots better than any Buckeye in recent memory. He could be a top ten pick next year.

Jack Mewhort
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Jack Mewhort

2. Jack Mewhort
Jack Mewhort will receive some All-American notice this season, which will be his second as the starting left tackle for the Buckeyes. He also has 13 career starts split between left and right guard. Basically, if a team is drafting him to be a left tackle, and if he can't handle it, there are still other positions that he can succeed at. A left tackle is one of the lowest risks in the draft because they can play other positions. If he can't play tackle, then there's still a pretty good chance he can play guard, and Mewhort has that experience. In fact, he can probably play anywhere on the line, all five spots. If Mewhort progresses as his coaches expect him to, he could very well end up a first-round draft pick.

Ryan Shazier
Photo by Jim Davidson
Ryan Shazier

3. Ryan Shazier
While he might be a little light at around 230 pounds, Ryan Shazier's speed and athleticism will give him the opportunity to shoot up draft boards during the combine. Yes, he'll only be a junior, but after two monster years, we should probably expect him to leave early. He's going to be on most everybody's All-American list, and he's the odds-on favorite to win the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He'll run a sub-4.6 at the NFL Combine and probably a sub-4.5 at his pro day. Perhaps most impressive is that he is still learning. Nobody made more plays than Shazier did in the second half of the season last year. Not being able to play this spring forced him to take a very intensive mental approach to the game. It should pay off this fall, and then really pay off next April.

Carlos Hyde
Photo by Jim Davidson
Carlos Hyde

4. Carlos Hyde
Carlos Hyde will be on display roughly 200 times this coming season, and unlike last year when he was still very productive, he'll actually be healthy this time around. Due to a bad knee, Hyde had to stay a straight-ahead runner. This coming season he'll be able to cut back and make defenders miss. He'll still also be the same goal line bulldozer that we saw last year. If he gets the same 185 carries he had last season, there is no doubt he'll be a 1,000-yard rusher. He'll time in the 4.5s at the NFL Combine, and possibly in the high 4.4s at his pro day. He won't be taken early, but the fact that he really only has two seasons of wear and tear will be a plus. He's a low-mileage tailback.

Andrew Norwell
Photo by Jim Davidson
Andrew Norwell

5. Andrew Norwell
Andrew Norwell is similar to Jack Mewhort in that he has played both guard and tackle at Ohio State. Perhaps he will have some value to an NFL team because of his versatility as well. He will be instrumental in the Buckeyes' power run game this season, and that won't be lost on scouts. I've been told by a former NFL'er that all four of Ohio State returning starters on the offensive line will play in the NFL, so who am I to argue?

Bonus: Philly Brown
Ohio State has four receiver positions and Philly Brown can play all of them. He's a versatile receiver who can play inside or out, and he'll run in the 4.4s. He will catch 75 passes this season, and if he can show the ability to pick up yards after the catch, there's no reason he won't be highly thought of next year by the scouts.

Bonus: Christian Bryant
Christian Bryant is a fearless football player, and at 5-foot-10 or so, he needs to be. Yes, he's had his tackling issues, but there is something to be said for being around the football, which he is. He is a big hitter who can cover a lot of ground. If he shores up his flaws, he should certainly be drafted.

Bonus: Marcus Hall
With the way Marcus Hall has improved over the offseason, many are expecting an entirely new player this coming season. He's always had a nasty streak to him, but now he's finally comfortable on and off the field. He has good size, very good feet, and should continue to soak up Ed Warinner's coaching like a sponge.

Bonus: Corey Linsley
Let's face it, Ohio State is "Center U". Every starting center at Ohio State this millennium has played in the NFL. I don't see Corey Linsley being any different.

Bonus: Jordan Hall
If all goes as planned, the way that Jordan Hall will be used this season should do nothing but increase his draft stock. Unfortunately, he will probably run in the high 4.5s, but if he shows himself to be a reliable inside receiver, perhaps he ends up selected late in the draft.

Bonus: Braxton Miller
I put Braxton Miller here so that I can tell you that he's not leaving after this season. He'll leave following his senior season, and with an extra year of coaching he'll be a candidate for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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