Predicted Landing Spots for Ohio State’s Top NFL Draft Prospects in 2020

David Kaestle
Jeffrey Okudah is projected to go in the top five in the NFL Draft.
Jeffrey Okudah is projected to go in the top five in the NFL Draft. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images
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The Ohio State Buckeyes had a flat-out dominant season in 2019. In Ryan Day's first year at the helm, he led OSU to a 13-1 record, and gave the Clemson Tigers all they could handle in the College Football Playoff.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that Ohio State boasts some of the best prospects available in the 2020 NFL Draft. With that in mind, let's take a look at some projected landing spots for Ohio State's top prospects.

1. Chase Young, Defensive End – Washington Redskins (Round 1, Pick 2)

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Chase Young is considered by many to be the best player in the NFL Draft, but when the top team is in need of a quarterback, that usually trumps any other need, no matter how good that player may be. The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the 2019 Draft, so taking the best player available here should be an easy call for Washington and its new head coach Ron Rivera.

2. Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Detroit Lions (Round 1, Pick 3)

Jeffrey Okudah is projected to be the first cornerback drafted.
Jeffrey Okudah is projected to be the first cornerback drafted. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Jeffrey Okudah isn't far behind his teammate Young in the rankings, projected to be drafted with the very next pick. The Detroit Lions are in need of a cornerback after trading away Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week. They signed Desmond Trufant, but he's 29 years old and on a two-year deal, so Okudah could become a long-term option for Detroit.

3. Damon Arnette, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers (Round 2, Pick 38)

Damon Arnette during a game for Ohio State in 2019.
Damon Arnette during a game for Ohio State in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Similar to the Lions, the Panthers lost their top corner this offseason when James Bradberry signed with the New York Giants. While Carolina has plenty of other holes on its defense, grabbing a cornerback out of "DB U" with its second-round pick could present great value as the Panthers continue to reshape and rebuild their defense in the post-Luke Keuchly era.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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