Ohio State Primed to Make College Football History by Surpassing USC in All-Time NFL Draft Record

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Sitting undefeated ahead of a monumental College Football Playoff semifinal matchup with No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes have a surplus of NFL-caliber talent on this year's team.

The Buckeyes have simply have more talent at nearly every position than most of their opponents, and much of this talent will be showcased come next April and the 2020 NFL Draft.

In fact, Ohio State is in line to make college football history by surpassing the USC Trojans for the most first-round NFL Drafts picks from one school.

As it currently stands, Ohio State and USC are tied for the most first-round NFL Draft picks, at 81. However, there is little doubt that the Buckeyes will take the all-time lead in this category in the upcoming draft.

On top of many draft boards, Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young is expected to go in the first few picks. In only 11 games played, Young leads the country in both solo sacks (14.0) and total sacks (16.5).

Young is also tied for the second-most forced fumbles (six), and he currently boasts the second-best odds to be the No. 1 overall pick in next April's draft, at +270, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Also ranking high draft boards is Jeff Okudah, cornerback for the Buckeyes. He has risen to the top of the consensus cornerback rankings, checking many of the boxes that rebuilding teams desperately need. Okudah is also widely projected to be a top-5 pick.

Aside from these two, Buckeyes' running back J.K. Dobbins is also moving up draft boards and could find himself in the late first round if he continues his strong performances through the College Football Playoff.

For USC, its lone first-round prospect is Austin Jackson, the athletic offensive tackle. He has all the makings to be a solid starting left tackle at the next level, but could need another strong performance in the 2019 Holiday Bowl in order to help cement his place as a late first-round pick.

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