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Morning Conversational: Which Buckeyes Could Be First Rounders in 2020?

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Today’s Topic: Which Buckeyes Could Be First Rounders in 2020?


The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, which means it is now time to speculate about the names you’ll be seeing in the 2020 NFL Draft.

With Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins going in the first round this year, the Buckeyes have now had a player selected in the first round in each of the last four years.

Can they make it five years in a row next year?

Probably.

Defensive end Chase Young is already showing up in some 2020 mock drafts as the No. 1 overall pick.

This time a year ago, Nick Bosa was appearing on those same lists, and look at how wrong those people were…

At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young certainly looks the part of an NFL defensive end. His production last season was a pretty good indication of things to come. His 34 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks are made even more impressive by the fact that he played much of last season on two bad ankles.

Healthy ankles will bring healthy projections. At this point, if Young isn’t a first-round draft pick, it would be both a surprise and a disappointment.

Young may not be the only Buckeye taken on Day One, as cornerback Jeff Okudah is also getting some notice.

Both would have to come out as underclassmen, which is almost the plan nowadays.

Okudah has stated that he would be disappointed to leave Ohio State and not be considered one of the best cornerbacks to ever play at OSU. His play will control the narrative, as well as his draft future.

If he plays up to his potential, he could knock out a couple of birds with one stone.

Chase Young and Jeff Okudah are the two most likely first rounders next year, but there are certainly other guys who could get involved.

Can JK Dobbins return to his freshman form? He has already shown he can handle a heavy workload despite not being the biggest guy.

Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack have some prototype measurables, and KJ Hill has the production, but we’ve seen with Michael Thomas, Parris Campbell, and Curtis Samuel just how difficult it is for receivers to go in the first round. And next year looks like a deep class at the position as well.

Linebacker Malik Harrison should test well, and a new defense can only help his prospects. His 6-foot-3 and 245-pound frame won’t hurt either. One of the reasons he came back for his senior season was to improve his stock. Expect that to happen.

Safety Jordan Fuller and cornerback Damon Arnette also made decisions to return. They will both be under new management this season as well.

Will the new, more aggressive defensive front bear fruit for Jonathon Cooper? Could the Bullet put Brendon White on a stage for the NFL world to see? Will an offensive lineman like Thayer Munford or Branden Bowen break out?

The answers to any of these questions could be yes.

And if you’re looking for a dark horse, Shaun Wade will be draft eligible after this season and this defense might be right up his alley.

3 Responses

  1. Way to censor me, O-zone gang. No obscenities, no threats- just comments you couldn’t defend. Stay classy…

  2. Jonathan Cooper is my candidate. He really came on at the end of last season. Keep an on him next year.

  3. So, hypothetical draft nonsense “based” on a season yet to be played? Great stuff. Still no mention of the death of Buckeye GREAT John Havlicek by ANY writer though. Pure class by you folks… I get it though- you all must be in “future draft mode”, so obviously there’s no time to acknowledge a true legend and real event.
    Even when I put on my most Scarlet glasses, I can’t help thinking the season should happen FIRST before draft speculation begins. Must be me…

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