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Seven-round NFL Draft projection
Dane Brugler of The Athletic is certainly one of the NFL Draft analysts Ohio State fans should pay particular attention to. In addition to being good at his job in general, Brugler — who grew up in Warren, Ohio, and attended Mount Union — has more than a passing familiarity with the Buckeyes.
On Monday, Brugler released a seven-round mock draft. Here’s where he slotted Ohio State’s draft prospects:
Round 1, No. 2 overall: San Francisco 49ers
Round 1, No. 11 overall: Cincinnati Bengals
Round 1, No. 30 overall: Green Bay Packers
Round 2, No. 50 overall: Minnesota Vikings
Round 3, No. 84 overall: Seattle Seahawks
Round 3, No. 99 overall: Los Angeles Rams
Round 4, No. 107 overall: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 7, No. 216 overall: Kansas City Chiefs
Round 7, No. 244: New Orleans Saints
Reid Fragel on Thayer Munford
Reaching maximum potential for the Buckeyes will require Thayer Munford’s presence back on the offensive line, and he offered plenty of reminders a year ago during his first season as a starter about just valuable he can be. And the fact that Munford could keep going out and delivering for Ohio State while not even close to full strength thanks primarily to a hip injury continues to bode well for his future once that issue is in the rearview mirror.
How can Munford continue to get better? What did he show late in the season even while playing through an injury? How will his return impact the rest of the Ohio State offensive line this year? Former Buckeyes offensive tackle Reid Fragel was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down Munford and projecting what’s next for the big man and a revamped unit in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
Another in-state OL?
Ohio State accepted a commitment from Cincinnati Elder 2020 offensive lineman Jakob James in January. The Buckeyes may not be done yet at Elder in the 2020 class.
Last Friday, Ryan Day’s program welcomed in James and a pair of his 2020 teammates, tight end Joe Royer and offensive lineman Luke Kandra. Kandra, the state of Ohio’s 31st-ranked prospect, has had some contact with Ohio State previously after Day and Greg Studrawa saw him at Elder over the winter. Right now, he has eight offers, including Boston College, Purdue and others.
“It was cool watching them practice,” he told Lettermen Row. “Then I talked with Greg Studrawa for a little bit.”
The Buckeyes have four committed players on the offensive line and will look for another two in this class. Expect Kandra, if he chooses to come camp at Ohio State this summer, to get an extended look from Ohio State.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Monday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Next season’s Bracketology
Ready for a taste of what could be expected of Ohio State next season? Actually, the Buckeyes might be flying slightly under the radar depending on how quickly the stellar incoming class can contribute. Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com listed the Buckeyes as a No. 7 seed in the projected field for the 2020 NCAA Tournament, facing off against Seton Hall in the first round. In all, nine Big Ten teams were scattered across the bracket.
- Oho State spring game: 4 days
- NFL Draft: 16 days
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