Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State enters draft week with most first-round picks all-time

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Ohio State enters draft week with most first-round picks all-time

It’s draft week, and Ohio State is in for another big three-day stretch. The program already has the most first-round NFL Draft picks all-time. It’s set to maintain its lead in Kansas City, given that at least three former Buckeyes are projected to hear their names called in the first round: quarterback C.J. Stroud, offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Here are the top-five schools when it comes to all-time first-round selections, according to Winsipedia:

  1. Ohio State – 87
  2. USC – 84
  3. Alabama – 76
  4. Notre Dame – 70
  5. Miami – 67

In ESPN NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller’s latest seven-round mock draft, the only former USC player projected to go in the first round is wide receiver Jordan Addison. So, again, Ohio State’s lead should be safe.

Where Ohio State still has some work to do, however, is on the school leaderboard for the most draft selections, regardless of round. The Buckeyes trail both USC and Notre Dame by more than 40 picks.

Here are the top-five schools with the most total draft picks, according to Winsipedia:

  1. Notre Dame – 522
  2. USC – 520
  3. Ohio State – 479
  4. Oklahoma – 409
  5. Michigan – 392

Going back to Miller’s seven-round mock, he has seven former Ohio State standouts getting picked in this week’s draft. Miller also sees offensive tackle Dawand Jones, center Luke Wypler, defensive end Zach Harrison and safety Ronnie Hickman being selected, in addition to Stroud, Johnson and Smith-Njigba. That would run the program’s all-time pick total to 486.

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