Seven Buckeyes drafted into the NFL in 2018

Ohio State Buckeyes and Urban Meyer - 2017 (Photo: Dave McMannis)
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COLUMBUS – The 2018 NFL Draft came to its conclusion Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but not before two additional Ohio State Buckeyes were selected in Rounds 4 through 7, giving the program a total of seven picks in this year’s draft.

This year’s seven draft picks gives Ohio State a total of 40 draft picks under coach Urban Meyer in his six seasons as coach. The seven were tied for second-most from one school in this draft and were the most from one school in the Big Ten Conference.

THURSDAY

Denzel Ward at Ohio State

Ward played three seasons with the Buckeyes before electing to forego his senior season to make himself available for the draft. He had an outstanding junior season in 2017, earning consensus All-America honors and first-team all-Big Ten accolades after recording 17 passes defended with 15 pass break-ups and two interceptions, including one interception in the Big Ten championship win over Wisconsin. The 17 passes defended is the fourth-highest single season total in school history.

Billy Price at Ohio State

Price is one of the great offensive linemen in Ohio State’s storied history. A two-time All-American, including a unanimous All-American in 2017, Price is one of just six Buckeye offensive linemen to win a major national award, joining Jim Parker, John Hicks, Orlando Pace, LeCharles Bentley and Pat Elflein with that honor when he was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy in 2017 as the nation’s outstanding center. Price also was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2017. The two honors capped an outstanding career for Price, who not only was a two-time team captain but who also set the record for starts and consecutive starts as a Buckeye with 55. He joined Elflein and Tyquan Lewis for the school record for games played, as well, at 55.

This Nov. 11, 2017, photo shows Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price playing against Michigan State during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

FRIDAY

Tyquan Lewis at Ohio State

Lewis, who graduated in December 2016 with his degree in sociology was a two-time team captain who started 36 times and finished his career with 112 tackles, including 36.5 tackles-for-loss and 23.5 sacks. He was honored by the Big Ten three times, including twice being named first-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. In 2016 he was named the league’s defensive lineman of the year. Lewis was a leader of Ohio State defenses that ranked in the Top 10 nationally in total defense three times: No. 6 nationally in total defense in 2016 and No. 9 in both 2017 and 2015.

Jerome Baker at Ohio State

A big-play maker, Baker was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes who elected to bypass his fourth and final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. A true junior in 2017, Baker played in 33 games and started 25 times. He led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2017 with 72 total stops, and he finished his career with 158 tackles. Included were 17.5 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and two pass break-ups. He was second on the team in tackles in 2016 with 83 total stops.

Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Sam Hubbard at Ohio State

Hubbard graduated from Ohio State in December of 2017 with his degree in finance and elected to bypass his fourth and final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He was a first-team Academic All-American in 2016 and played in 40 games for his career and made 22 starts at defensive end. He ranks 15th all-time at Ohio State in both sacks, with 17, and tackles-for-loss, with 154. He contributed 29.5 tackles for loss during his career and 116 tackles. In addition to his Academic All-America honor, Hubbard was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Sam Hubbard tackles Saquan Barkley (Photo: Dave McMannis)

SATURDAY

Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State

Holmes, a true senior for the Buckeyes in 2017 and a team captain, played in 51 games and made nine starts in 2017 along a defensive line overflowing with talent. Holmes played in 11 games during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season and he was a part of bowl victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Oregon (CFB national championship game), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl). He also was on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. A two-time all-conference honoree, Holmes racked up 84 career tackles along with 14 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. He is nearing completion of his degree in family resource management.

Courtesy: OSU Jerry Emig @BuckeyeNotes

Jamarco Jones at Ohio State

Jones graduated with his degree in family resource management in December 2017, in less than four years. His work in the classroom mirrored his work on the field, where he was a leader along the offensive line and a two-year starter who played in 50 games and started 27 consecutive games at left tackle as a junior and senior. He was an all-conference honoree twice, including first-team all-Big Ten in 2017 by both the coaches and the media polls. His play also helped the Buckeyes rank among the Top 20 rushing teams in the nation four consecutive years, including 11th in 2016, 11th in 2015, ninth in 2014 and 17th in 2017 at 243.2 yards per game. The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in rushing three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017.

Ohio State offensive lineman Jamarco Jones during the Fiesta Bowl | AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS

According to Ohio State's official football twitter page, several Buckeyes have been signed in free agency.

Safety Damon Webb was signed by the Tennessee Titans.

Tight End Marcus Baugh was signed by the Oakland Raiders.

Linebacker Chris Worley was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive Lineman Tracy Sprinkle was signed by the Carolina Panthers.

Defensive Lineman Michael Hill was signed by the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback J.T. Barrett was invited to the Indianapolis Colts Minicamp.

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