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Mock Draft Monday: Buckeyes Making Moves
By Patrick Murphy
The Senior Bowl has helped Braxton Miller make quite the leap up mock draft boards
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COLUMBUS – It may be the time of year when high school football players make their college decisions, but former college school stars are doing their best to move on to the next stage in their career right now as well.

Last week, many of the top members of the collegiate class of 2015 participated in the Senior Bowl and the Ohio State players on hand performed very well.

While many Buckeyes are expected to go early in the NFL Draft, the Senior Bowl only helped the case of the players in the game.

The Draft is not until late April, yet different experts projects have already begun to be released.

On Friday, draft analyst Chad Reuter, before the Senior Bowl game but following the practices, released his mock draft while Jeff Risdon, the lead NFL/Draft at, released his updated mock draft on Monday.

Reuter went four rounds deep in his mock draft, while Risdon only projected through the first three rounds, but both experts have plenty of Buckeyes being selected.

Is Bosa's stock dropping
Photo by Dan Harker

The most noticeable selection is at the top of the draft, where neither has Joey Bosa going at the No. 1 pick he was initially projected at by most analysts. Instead, both Reuter and Risdon have the defensive end going outside the top five, being selected by the Baltimore Ravens at No. 6.

Risdon admits that this “is too low for Bosa,” but still sees it playing out that way at this point due to the teams ahead of the Ravens. Reuter sees Bosa as a replacement for the aging Terrell Suggs and free agent Courtney Upshaw. Both have Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil going to the Tennessee Titans with the top pick.

Another surprise early pick by Risdon is that Bosa is not the first Ohio State player off the board in his draft. He has running back Ezekiel Elliott going two picks earlier to the Dallas Cowboys. He writes:

Surprise! Yet you probably shouldn’t be so surprised, for two reasons. First, Elliott is a special RB prospect; he’s right there with Todd Gurley last year, only with a clean bill of health. Second, the Cowboys must upgrade the offensive skill position talent beside Dez Bryant, and Tony Romo’s potential successors are off the board here.”

Reuter sees Elliott as a first-round talent, but not going nearly as high. He has the running back going to the Houston Texans with the 22nd pick as a replacement for the often-injured Arian Foster.

After his performance all week at the Senior Bowl, both Reuter and Risdon have wide receiver Braxton Miller going in the first round. Risdon has him going at pick 13 to the Philadelphia Eagles, providing them with “versatile player… the Eagles sorely lack.” Reuter has the former quarterback going 11 picks later to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Both experts see offensive lineman Taylor Decker going in the middle of the first round. Reuter sees him as the No. 16 pick, going to the Detroit Lions while Risdon has Decker going two picks later to the Indianapolis Colts.

Risdon has no more Buckeyes going in the first round but Reuter has two more. He sees linebacker Darron Lee being selected by the Buffalo Bills at pick 19 and cornerback Eli Apple going at No. 25 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are more Ohio State players projected outside of the first round as well. Here is where each analyst believes the Buckeyes will go:

Reuter: WR Michael Thomas, Round 2 Pick 1, Cleveland Browns; DT Adolphus Washington, Round 2 Pick 30, Arizona Cardinals; S Vonn Bell, Round 3 Pick 2, Cleveland Browns; LB Joshua Perry, Round 3 Pick 3, San Diego Chargers; TE Nick Vannett, Round 3 Pick 25, Pittsburgh Steelers

Risdon: WR Michael Thomas, Round 2 Pick 8, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; S Vonn Bell, Round 2 Pick 12, Los Angeles Rams; LB Darron Lee, Round 2 Pick 19, Atlanta Falcons; CB Eli Apple, Round 2 Pick 22, Washington Redskins; LB Joshua Perry, Round 2 Pick 24, Cincinnati Bengals; DT Adolphus Washington, Round 2 Pick 30, Arizona Cardinals; TE Nick Vannett, Round 3 Pick 15, New Orleans Saints; QB Cardale Jones, Round 3 Pick 20, New York Jets

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