Scarlet Sunrise: Three Buckeyes highlight All-Under-25 NFL defense

Spencer Holbrook2 months
Chase Young by Birm-Lettermen Row
Former Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was last season's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Three Buckeyes highlight All-Under-25 NFL defense

Ohio State produces some of the best NFL draft picks every year, especially lately.

That was proven yet again this offseason, when NFL.com released its All-Under-25 team for this year, and three former Buckeyes stars made the team, all on the defensive side of the ball.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young and Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward were all named to the All-Under-25 team for the NFL this season. They are all expected to have massive seasons for their respective teams as they continue to progress in their pro careers.

Of course, there were notable snubs for former Buckeyes. Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin wasn’t on the team, and neither were other talented young Buckeyes. But three of them did make the list, yet another reminder of Ohio State dominance.

Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

The Ohio State secondary has the talent to erase painful memories from January’s national title game. Matt Barnes and Kerry Coombs are tasked with piloting the turnaround. As part of Defensive Backs Week at Lettermen Row, the crew is back at Roosters to break down the depth of the unit and plenty more.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick and former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter to talk about the Buckeyes secondary and more from the world of Buckeyes athletics.

Every starting Ohio State cornerback since 2013 has been drafted, and it will be Sevyn Banks’ job to uphold the tradition this season. But the Buckeyes finished last season No. 122 in the nation in pass defense. Changes could soon be coming to the Ohio State secondary, too. Josh Proctor could be taking a prominent role anchoring the Ohio State backline while Lathan Ransom tries to earn a role as a cover safety.

The crew broke down the latest coach rankings from ProFootball Focus, which left Ryan Day off the list of the top 20 coaches in college football, when he certainly belongs in that conversation of top five coaches in the sport.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

Can Ryan Watts start at cornerback for Ohio State?

Ryan Watts began to emerge at cornerback for Ohio State last season and into the spring. He is now moving into the next phase of his Ohio State career, and he might even find himself in a starting role this season as part of a rotation.

Can Watts make the jump into that starting role? Lettermen Row broke it down as part of the Buckeyes cornerback depth chart projection:

Kerry Coombs used a three-man starting rotation at cornerback during his first stint at Ohio State, and Ryan Watts may force Coombs to do it again this fall. Watts has the size, speed and range to be the perfect cornerback in a Coombs defense, making him a prime candidate to be the third cornerback in the rotation with Banks and Brown. An interception in the spring game and an impressive spring overall propelled Watts into the conversation. Now he has a chance to stay in the starting spot and shine — and begin to build as the next elite cornerback to come out of Ohio State.

READ: Projecting depth chart for reloaded Buckeyes cornerbacks

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