Stop us if you've heard this one before: Ohio State will have a bunch of players selected in this year's NFL Draft.
The Buckeyes had seven players picked in 2017, including three first-round picks. In 2016, five OSU players went in Round One, with a whopping 12 being selected in the first four rounds.
This year, Ohio State lucked out with several underclassmen electing to return to school, such as H-back Parris Campbell, defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones and running back Mike Weber. However, the Buckeyes will still be well-represented in the draft come April.
Defensive end Sam Hubbard is one OSU player who will hear his name called early, possibly in the first round. Hubbard was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017, compiling 72 tackles (13.5 for loss) and seven sacks.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked about Hubbard today and provided his projection for the 6-foot-5, 265-pound standout. Mayock sees Hubbard as a fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, depending on whether a team thinks he can play defensive end or linebacker.
He also thinks he'll be picked at worst in the second round, but could go as high as late first-round.
The 2018 NFL Draft will be held on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The first round will be on Thursday, April 26.
If Hubbard isn't picked that first night, he will definitely be chosen on Friday night, when Rounds 2-3 are held.