Ohio State has made a living producing elite NFL talent.
While this year's class of Ohio State NFL draftees probably won't match last year's ridiculous crop, Buckeye players will still be picked early and often. Three defensive backs--cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley and safety Malik Hooker--could be off the board in the first 10 picks, and OSU could have four or five more guys selected over the course of the weekend.
Two of those "other" guys have caught the attention of veteran CBS Sports NFL writer Pete Prisco. Every year, Prisco puts out his "NFL Draft Better-Than Team," a collection of players he likes more than scouts seem to.
Included on this year's list of 20 underrated prospects are Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel and linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Here's what Prisco said about them.
He was a running back last season, but I see him more as a receiving weapon on the next level. He caught 74 passes in 2016 as a back. He will be able to play in the slot in the NFL, but he can also be a runner. His versatility will make him attractive, and he can fly with a 40 time of 4.31. At 5-10, 196 pounds, he will be a game changer on the next level.
And on McMillan:
This 6-2, 240-pound linebacker made a lot of tackles (275 in three seasons, including 18 TFL) for the Buckeyes and will be an inside/middle linebacker on the next level. He has to improve his foot speed to be a three-down linebacker, but he will be effective against the run early in his career.
McMillan and Samuel could be selected in the second or third rounds on the Friday night of draft weekend, or they could slip until Saturday.
Either way, we wouldn't be surprised if they made big early impacts.