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Ohio State had a banner first day of the 2016 NFL draft with five Buckeyes selected, although they fell one short of tying the 2004 Miami Hurricanes for most first-round picks in a single year. A day later, they first matched then set a couple of draft standards.
In Friday’s second round, two more Buckeyes were drafted — wide receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell. That pushed OSU’s total to seven, tying USC in 2008 and Tennessee in 2000 for the most selections through the first two rounds since the common era began in 1967.
In the ensuing round, defensive lineman Adolphus Washington and quarterback-turned wide receiver Braxton Miller were selected. With the nine draft picks through three rounds, OSU broke the common-era draft record of eight set by the 2004 Vols. OSU wasn’t finished as, shortly after Miller’s selection, tight end Nick Vannett was grabbed toward the end of the third round, giving Urban Meyer‘s program an even 10 draft picks thus far.
On opening night, three Buckeyes were scooped up in the first 10 picks — defensive end Joey Bosa, running back Ezekiel Elliott, cornerback Eli Apple — while offensive lineman Taylor Decker and linebacker Darron Lee were selected before the opening round ended.
10 Buckeyes go in the first 3 rounds. New NFL draft record. #OhioState produced 1 more than the entire Big12 and as many as the Pac12.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 30, 2016
With four rounds remaining, and six unselected players still available, the Buckeyes might not be done making history as they are within shouting distance of the all-time record for most selections since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994. The record? 14. The record holder? The 2004 Ohio State Buckeyes, which had seven players taken in the first three rounds.
And, before Bevo commences bloviating, it should be noted that Texas holds the all-time record with 17 picks in the 1984 draft. That year, the draft lasted 12 rounds.
While Miami had not yet confirmed it, one of the most talented Hurricanes on the defensive side of the ball, Al-Quadin Muhammad (pictured, right), underwent a successful but unspecified surgical procedure recently. And just how did we know that initially? Because the player posted a picture of himself laying in a hospital bed and clothed in hospital garb, that’s how.
Subsequent to Muhammad’s social media revelation, the university confirmed that the lineman had undergone “a small surgical procedure… on his knee.” Muhammad is expected to resume football activities in a couple of weeks.
The redshirt junior played in 12 games in 2015, leading the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (five). He’ll enter summer camp, provided he doesn’t suffer a setback, as arguably the Hurricanes’ top pass rusher.
A potentially significant blow to Navy’s secondary has been averted.
Back in February, Navy announced that Brendon Clements had been indefinitely removed from the football team’s roster for violating Naval Academy rules. It was initially thought that the senior’s playing career had come to an end, although that could never be confirmed.
Nearly three months later, however, the service academy announced that the starting cornerback has been reinstated.
#NavyFootball rising senior CB Brendon Clements has been reinstated to the team
— Scott Strasemeier (@ScottStras) April 29, 2016
Over the past three seasons, Clements started 35 games for the Midshipmen. Those are easily the most of any returning Navy player.
A wild and controversy-laden first night of the 2016 NFL draft has long since been put to bed — one college football program may have ongoing and lingering night terrors, though — with the second round set to kick off in less than an hour. Before that, though, it’s time to take a quick recruiting look back at that first round.
There were a total of 31 players selected in that first round, with just four coming from non-Power Five programs — quarterback Carson Wentz (North Dakota State, FCS) to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 2, cornerback William Jackson III (Houston, AAC) to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 24, quarterback Paxton Lynch (Memphis, AAC) to the Denver Broncos at No. 26, defensive tackle Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech, Conference USA) to the Carolina Panthers at No. 30. Wentz, as you may have learned during the run-up to the draft, wasn’t ranked in 247Sports.com‘s 2011 composite rankings and received zero scholarship offers from FBS programs, with Central Michigan the only school from that level showing more than mild interest. The other three? They were two-star prospects according to that recruiting service.
Those stars, or lack thereof, though, were the exception rather than the rule.
Of the remaining 27 first-round picks in the 2016 draft, more than half (17) were four-star prospects coming out of high school, again according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Of the players selected in the Top 10, seven of them were four-star recruits, with the lone exceptions being Wentz, Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey (2013 five-star) and Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin (not rated, zero FBS scholarship offers, began career as walk-on).
Aside from Wentz, Conklin, Jackson III, Lynch and Butler, every other draft pick was at least a three-star recruit coming out of high school. Interestingly, there were nearly as many three-star recruits picked (four) as there were five-stars (five).
Including the No. 1 overall pick from Cal, quarterback Jared Goff, four of the first five selections were four-star prospects. The first five-star selected was Ramsey; the first three-star was Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins at No. 12 to the New Orleans Saints.
Below is the entire first round of the 2016 NFL draft, with the draftees corresponding recruiting ranking in parentheses.
- Los Angeles Rams — Jared Goff, Cal (4*)
- Philadelphia Eagles — Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (NR)
- San Diego Chargers — Joey Bosa, Ohio State (4*)
- Dallas Cowboys — Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (4*)
- Jacksonville Jaguars — Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (5*)
- Baltimore Ravens — Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (4*)
- San Francisco 49ers — DeForest Buckner, Oregon (4*)
- Tennessee Titans — Jack Conklin, Michigan State (NR)
- Chicago Bears — Leonard Floyd, Georgia (4*)
- New York Giants — Eli Apple, Ohio State (4*)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (5*)
- New Orleans Saints — Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (3*)
- Miami Dolphins — Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss (5*)
- Oakland Raiders — Karl Joseph, West Virginia (3*)
- Cleveland Browns — Corey Coleman, Baylor (4*)
- Detroit Lions — Taylor Decker, Ohio State (4*)
- Atlanta Falcons — Keanu Neal, Florida (4*)
- Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Kelly, Alabama (4*)
- Buffalo Bills — Shaq Lawson, Clemson (4*)
- New York Jets — Darron Lee, Ohio State (3*)
- Houston Texans — Will Fuller, Notre Dame (4*)
- Washington Redskins — Josh Doctson, TCU (3*)
- Minnesota Vikings — Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (5*)
- Cincinnati Bengals — William Jackson III, Houston (2*)
- Pittsburgh Steelers — Artie Burns, Miami (4*)
- Denver Broncos — Paxton Lynch, Memphis (2*)
- Green Bay Packers — Kenny Clark, UCLA (4*)
- San Francisco 49ers — Joshua Garnett, Stanford (4*)
- Arizona Cardinals — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (5*)
- Carolina Panthers — Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (2*)
- Seattle Seahawks — Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M (4*)