COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football has now produced at least five draft picks for 10 consecutive years, but it was an otherwise quiet day at NFL Draft central as just two more Buckeyes were chosen in rounds 4-thru-7 during the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft, being held at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo.:
- OT Dawand Jones was chosen by the Cleveland Browns in the 4th Round with the 111th overall pick; and
- C Luke Wypler was the 190th overall pick with the Browns choosing him in the 6th Round.
Jones, 6-8 and about 359 pounds, played in 41 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 times, including 26 consecutive starts to cap his career (13 at right guard in 2021; 13 at right tackle in 2022). He was named a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com in 2022. More on Dawand.
Wypler was with the program for three seasons. He took over the starting center responsibilities in the fall of 2021 and started all 26 games during the 2021 and 2022 seasons. A 6-3, 300-pounder, Wypler earned third-team all-Big Ten honors in 2022 after honorable mention accolades in 2021. More on Luke.
10 Consecutive Years of 5+
Ohio State has had at least five NFL Draft picks for 10 consecutive drafts, dating to the 2014 draft. During this time Ohio State has had 78 players drafted, including six this season.
2023 NFL Draft Picks from Ohio State University
Round 1 – QB C.J. Stroud, No. 2 overall to the Houston Texans
Round 1 – OT Paris Johnson, No. 6 overall to the Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 – WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, No. 20 overall to the Seattle Seahawks
Round 3 – DE Zach Harrison, No. 75 overall to the Atlanta Falcons
Round 4 – OT Dawand Jones, No. 111 overall to the Cleveland Browns
Round 6 – OC Luke Wypler, No. 190 overall to the Cleveland Browns
Saturday Snapshot of the NFL Draft
- Six draft picks in this 88th NFL Draft increases Ohio State’s all-time total of NFL Draft picks to 486, third-most all-time behind Notre Dame and USC.
- Ohio State was tied for fifth in most players selected in this 2023 NFL Draft.
- Georgia and Alabama led the way with 11 and 10 players drafted, respectively.
- Michigan and TCU were third and fourth with nine and eight picks; the rest of the Top 10, all with six selections, includes Ohio State, Penn State, Clemson, Florida, LSU and Pitt.
- The Big Ten Conference had 55 players selected in this year’s draft.
- Thirteen Big Ten teams had players selected in this draft.
- Eight Big Ten teams had at least four players selected and 11 teams had at least three draft picks.
- Dawand Jones joining first-round pick Paris Johnson gives Ohio State back-to-back years with two offensive tackles selected. Nicholas Petit-Frere and Thayer Munford were drafted in 2022.
- Ohio State has had at least one offensive lineman selected in eight consecutive drafts and 12 total offensive linemen have been selected since the 2016 draft.
- Luke Wypler, Jones and Johnson represent the first Ohio State trio of offensive linemen taken in one draft since 2004, when Alex Stepanovich, Shane Olivea and Adrien Clarke were drafted.
Ohio State Buckeyes Official Press Release
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