Ohio State features the most potential first-round NFL prospects of any collegiate team. Here are five Buckeyes who could slip to Cincinnati in Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Bengals fans are ecstatic of Cincinnati’s chances of taking an Ohio State player in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. With six or seven Buckeyes projected to be selected in the first round, there’s a legitimate shot that Cincinnati actually nabs a local player in Round 1.
While the odds of adding Joey Bosa to the mix aren’t technically one-in-a-million, it’s still safe to say that the standout defensive lineman will plummet down the draft board or that the Bengals will move up in the order to select him.
Regardless, Bosa has plenty of teammates being mocked in the late first round. Chances are, one of them could end up donning the stripes. If this were to happen, Who Dey nation would erupt with approval, regardless of whether the acquisition satisfies a team need or not.
Ohio State players–especially first-rounders–have boded very well in the NFL. Most recently, the Steelers scored linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th pick and the Broncos nabbed corner Bradley Roby with the 31st pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2011, Pittsburgh added defensive end Cameron Heyward with the 31st overall pick, who ended up being a huge steal. And in 2009, the Saints added safety Malcolm Jenkins with the 14th pick. Jenkins went on to become a second-team All Pro with New Orleans and was a Pro Bowler for the Eagles in 2015.
With that, let’s get into the picks.
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