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Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has been scrutinized during the pre-draft process. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Where Buckeyes are expected to land on NFL Draft night

COLUMBUS — By the end of every draft season, Ohio State products are projected to go in nearly every round of the NFL Draft.

That’s what draft season brings. Months upon months of projections and forecasts all boil down to three days at the end of April. All that’s really know for certain this year is that Justin Fields will probably be selected in the top 15 picks. Other than that, where the other former Buckeyes fall is an unknown.

Lettermen Row has put together a draft guide with the projected round and expert analysis of every former Ohio State player who could see their name called in next week’s NFL Draft.

Justin Fields, quarterback

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 227 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: In two seasons at Ohio State, the Georgia transfer took the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff two times and became an NFL-ready quarterback.
  • Projected round: Early first-round pick, as high as the third overall.
  • What the experts are saying: “He’d almost certainly be the top quarterback in most other classes. He’s a special talent. I’ve never wavered on making him my No. 2 signal-caller behind Trevor Lawrence. Fields was questioned when he transferred from Georgia to Ohio State, but I love his competitiveness. He just wants to play.” – Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
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Ohio State running back Trey Sermon was prolific in the postseason before his injury. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Trey Sermon, running back

  • Height, weight: 6-feet, 215 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: The all-purpose running back willed the Buckeyes to their victory in the Big Ten Championship Game
  • Projected round: Fourth or fifth-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “Trey Sermon brings some intrigue to the 2021 NFL Draft’s running back class. The Ohio State running back isn’t flashy, but he has some redeeming traits that teams oriented toward old-school power running may find appealing.” – Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Josh Myers, center

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 310 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: A Rimington Trophy finalist, Myers was widely viewed as one of the best at his position in the country.
  • Projected round: Third round.
  • What the experts are saying: “A guard in a run-only offense in high school, he is still developing his pass protection skills and will struggle at times vs. quick- handed rushers. Overall, Myers isn’t an elite athlete for the position and needs to cut back on the aggressive leaning, but he brings the desired levels of toughness, smarts and execution. He projects as a starter in the NFL at a guard or center.” – Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Wyatt Davis, guard

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 315 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: The guard did enough in one year as a starter to be named to the Big Ten All-Decade team.
  • Projected round: First- or second-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “He’s arguably the best pure guard in the draft.” – Connor Hughes, The Athletic
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Luke Farrell is projected to be a seventh-round pick or undrafted free agent. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Luke Farrell, tight end

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 251 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: He was an exceptional blocker during his time in Columbus, setting up a bright NFL career in a traditional offensive system.
  • Projected round: Seventh round or undrafted free agent.
  • What the experts are saying: “Farrell is a gritty, assignment-sound blocker, but his acceleration and playmaking skills are non-threatening. He projects as an NFL rotational Y tight end.” – Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Jonathon Cooper, defensive end

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 253 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: Mr. Block O himself, Cooper used his final redshirt game in 2019 for the Michigan game and came back for a final season in 2020 to help lead Ohio State to a national championship game appearance.
  • Projected round: Sixth- or seventh-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “Jonathon Cooper likely won’t be coveted as a starter in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, players of his mold — high-motor, high-character edge rushers with middling traits — often stick around as depth in the NFL.” – Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Tommy Togiai, defensive tackle

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 296 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: A breakout season last year put the NFL on notice as the junior had 23 tackles, three sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
  • Projected round: Third- or fourth-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “Togiai needs to develop his handwork and timing as a pass rusher, but he boasts developed power, physical hands and budding instincts. He projects as a stout run defender with pass rush upside.” – Dane Brugler, The Athletic
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Baron Browning is rising up NFL draft boards. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Baron Browning, linebacker

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: He became known for his versatility at Ohio State, shifting between the outside and inside linebacker spots throughout his time in Columbus.
  • Projected round: Third round.
  • What the experts are saying: “Versatile linebacker. Tremendous overall talent, has really come on to maybe become a third round pick. He’s definitely moved up. … But I think when you look at the guy that is moving up the board a little bit — based on the just way he played, the way he finished, and I think also anticipating the way he will test — it would be Baron Browning.” – Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Tuf Borland, linebacker

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-0, 229 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: He’s only the second three-time captain in Ohio State history, and finished second on the team in total tackles last season, finishing with 3.5 tackles for loss.
  • Projected round: Seventh round or undrafted free agent.
  • What the experts are saying: “At this point, it’s not even a given that Borland will be drafted, and as more linebackers ascend, Borland’s odds dwindle. He simply doesn’t have the athletic traits necessary to succeed, and as experienced as he is, his experience doesn’t begin to close the gap that his poor athletic traits have created.” – Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Justin Hilliard, linebacker

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-0, 229 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: Not many outside of Columbus knew his name last season but he finished 2020 with an interception and forced fumble and is popping up on draft boards.
  • Project round: Sixth- or seventh-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “The medical evaluations from teams will be the key to Hilliard being drafted, but he has unquestioned NFL talent, intangibles and determination tailor-made for the next level.” – Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Pete Werner, linebacker

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 238 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: Known more for his no-nonsense approach and physicality, he brought stability and reliable production in three years as a starter.
  • Projected round: Third round.
  • What the experts are saying: “He’s a leader. He makes plays. He’s a really good tackler against running backs in the open field. He’s the kind of guy you look at the production overall, and he’s not going to be a sack guy. That’s not his forte. He had one sack this year.” – Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Shaun Wade, cornerback

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-0, 196 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: After gardening first-round pick hype in 2019, he struggled to adjust to the outside, lockdown cornerback position after playing the slot last season.
  • Projected round: Third- or fourth-round pick.
  • What the experts are saying: “I think he could end up being an inside safety type or a slot corner, where he felt more comfortable rather than being out on an island. He’s going to be an interesting guy. I think he would’ve been a first-round pick had he played up to the level you expected or certainly as he did in 2019 when he was playing in the slot.” – Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN
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Only a small number of kickers and punter are usually taken in the draft. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Drue Chrisman, punter

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 209 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: A four-year starter at Ohio State, he averaged 45 yards per punt in his senior season.
  • Projected round: Seventh round or undrafted free agent.
  • What the experts are saying: “Chrisman is a nice-sized punter with a big leg and the ability to place his kicks. He possesses an upside and also has the size necessary to make tackles in the open field. He’s a Day 3 pick who could quickly break-in as a team’s starting punter as a rookie.” – Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network

Blake Haubeil, kicker

  • Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds
  • Ohio State career in one sentence: He was 13-of-15 on field goals and made all 85 of his extra points in his career with the Buckeyes.
  • Projected round: Undrafted free agent.
  • What the experts are saying: “Haubeil will need to improve on his accuracy from the collegiate level. He only converted at a rate of 80% in college. He’ll also need to prove that he can take kickoffs in the NFL.” – – Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network
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