Draft Wire names top Ohio State NFL prospects this season

Our friends over at Draft Wire have released a list of their favorite NFL prospects, including six Buckeyes that are draft eligible after this season and are expected to make big waves during the 2022 season.

These studs deserve more than photos of them; therefore, we will provide a brief breakdown of why this group may appeal to NFL teams.

It should not be surprising that their first four ranked Ohio State prospects are on the offensive side of the football,

but hopefully by season’s end more defensive players are given early rounds values.

Enough talk, let’s break down these Buckeyes that have a good shot at hearing their name called in next year’s NFL draft.

QB C.J. Stroud C.J. Stroud is one of the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy — and for good reason considering he finished fourth in the voting last season. Stroud ended 2021 on a hot streak, passing for an insane 1,399 yards and 14 touchdowns in his final three games against juggernaut opponents, Michigan State, Michigan, and Utah.

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba Jaxon Smith-Njigba became a household name after his historic Rose Bowl performance that saw him accumulate 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns. 2022 will be a big year for Smith-Njigba as the departure of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave will make him the focus of every opposing defense.

OT Paris Johnson Jr. Big things are expected of Paris Johnson Jr as he makes the transition from starting guard last season to offensive tackle in 2022. He is listed as a first-rounder in virtually every mock draft online. Time for the production to follow.

OT Dawand Jones As Johnson is expected to lock down the left side, Dawand Jones is expected to anchor the right side and is also dripping with first-round potential. Most schools would have placed Jones on the left side, but he will make an argument as the top right tackle in the country this season.

S Lathan Ransom I completely agree with Lathan Ransom being on this list, despite being the forgotten man due to his leg injury suffered in the Rose Bowl. Ransom is a play-maker with a massive upside.

EDGE Zach Harrison Zach Harrison is already a top-notch talent at defensive end, but he is expecting to reach his five-star potential in 2022. 

EDGE Zach Harrison He has been the highest-rated Ohio State player on defense via PFF the last two seasons but we’re still waiting for all those sacks and tackles for loss to come with all the hype.

This might be the year we see it.

If you know where the open roads are going to take you, choosing an RV will be a little easier.

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