Ohio State football: 6 Buckeyes who will be 1st-round NFL draft picks

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6 players from THE Ohio State football program who should be 1st-round picks.

The Ohio State football season ended at the hands of Alabama, as the Buckeyes couldn’t match the Crimson Tide’s fire power in a 52-24 defeat.

The 2020 season will go down as one of the most unusual seasons a team and fan base will ever endure, as the coronavirus pandemic peaked havoc on the season. At first, it didn’t look like there would be football played in Columbus this fall, but the Big Ten finally decided to play, staring its season in October.

And while there were no fans in attendance at The ‘Show, the Scarlet and Gray were the same old Buckeyes on the field. The talent gap between Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten only seems to be getting larger–and yes, I know Northwestern gave them a game in the Big Ten championship game.

The Buckeyes got revenge on Clemson for last year’s defeat, but fell short against Alabama in the national final. it just seemed like ‘Bama’s year, armed with the Heisman winner and their own stellar group of talent, I doubt any other team would’ve made it any closer.

So now, the next phase of the Ohio State season: Draft time. The Ohio State football program has become an NFL production factory, with the Buckeyes cranking out draft picks at a frantic pace.

Here’s a look at six Buckeyes who should be first round picks.

The * denotes a junior who has not yet declared for the draft.