Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

How many Ohio State Buckeyes will get drafted?

The NFL record for most first-round draft picks from one school in a single draft is six, set by the University of Miami in 2004, including future Bucs player Kellen Winslow Jr.

Ohio State has a real chance to match that mark, with five prospects all but certain to go in the first — DE Joey Bosa, RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Eli Apple, OT Taylor Decker and LB Darron Lee. If S Vonn Bell can sneak in late in the first, they'd match Miami's record. The only other schools with five in one draft class were Ohio State (2006), Miami (2002) and Southern Cal (1968).

In theory, there are several Buckeyes projected as Friday picks — WR Michael Thomas, converted QB Braxton Miller and QB Cardale Jones — who could also sneak into the first round as well.

Other school clusters to watch: Ole Miss could have three first-rounders if DL Robert Nkemdiche joins OT Laremy Tunsil and WR Laquon Treadwell, and Alabama could have three on defense alone in DT A'Shawn Robinson, LB Reggie Ragland and DT Jarran Reed, with RB Derrick Henry a potential fourth if he goes late in the first.

It'd be a surprise, but Florida could get three if S Keanu Neal and DL Jonathan Bullard join CB Vernon Hargreaves in the first round.

Trading mania

How many trades will take place by the end of the first round? This draft already has three: the Rams trading up from No. 15 to No. 1 with the Titans, and the Eagles — who had traded up from 13 to 8 with Miami — trading up to No. 2 with the Browns.

Last year's first round only had six trades, the fewest in any draft since 2000. Since an all-time high of 19 trades in 2012 — including the Bucs trading down for Mark Barron and dealing up for Doug Martin — there have been fewer deals each year, with 12 in 2013, 11 in 2014 and six last season. Don't expect the downward trend to continue.

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