Ohio State defensive tackle Jashon Cornell was selected in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Cornell is the third Buckeye picked by the Lions in this draft, joining cornerback Jeff Okudah and offensive guard Jonah Jackson. Cornell was chosen with the 235th pick overall.
Cornell had 30 tackles in 2019 with 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks. He was a starter at defensive tackle alongside DaVon Hamilton.
Cornell moved around from defensive tackle to defensive end throughout his career, doing so whenever the need arose for him to be one place or another.
In fact, even after winning the starting defensive tackle job in camp last year, he still started the first game of the year at defensive end because of injuries to the Buckeyes’ defensive ends.
Cornell is the second Ohio State defensive tackle drafted this year, joining DaVon Hamilton who went to Jacksonville in the third round.
Cornell came to Ohio State from Cretin Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota where he was the No. 7 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 95 player in the 2015 recruiting class overall.
The last time Detroit drafted an Ohio State defensive lineman was 1989 when they selected defensive end Derek MacCready in the ninth round.
More on Jashon Cornell
§ Graduated in December 2019 with a degree in hospitality management after earning his first bachelor’s degree in family resource management in spring of 2018
§ Manned both the defensive tackle and end positions during his career
§ Started all 14 games in 2019 for the Big Ten Conference champions
§ Played in 46 games over his career and started 15 times
§ Earned first collegiate start against his home state school, Minnesota in 2018
§ Recorded 13.5 tackles-for-losses totaling 71 yards in his career
§ Also had seven quarterback sacks among his 63 total tackles
§ Outstanding senior season included 30 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and 4.0 sacks
§ Recorded a quarterback sack for minus-7 yards in the Rose Bowl win over Washington
§ From the powerful Catholic high school in St. Paul that has produced outstanding athletes like Joe Mauer, Michael Floyd, Chris Weinke and Steve Walsh
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