40 of Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have been drafted; Fifth consecutive year with at least five picks
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018 NFL Draft came to its conclusion Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but not before two additional Ohio State Buckeyes were selected in Rounds 4 through 7, giving the program a total of seven picks in this year’s draft.
Buckeyes drafted into the NFL on Saturday include:
DE Jalyn Holmes, the second pick of the fourth round, No. 102 overall, by the Minnesota Vikings; and
OT Jamarco, Jones, the 168th overall selection and a fifth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks.
This year’s seven draft picks gives Ohio State a total of 40 draft picks under coach Urban Meyer in his six seasons as coach. The seven were tied for second-most from one school in this draft and they were the most from one school in the Big Ten Conference.
Here’s more on the two Buckeyes who were drafted today:
Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State
Holmes, a true senior for the Buckeyes in 2017 and a team captain, played in 51 games and made nine starts in 2017 along a defensive line overflowing with talent. Holmes played in 11 games during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season and he was a part of bowl victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Oregon (CFB national championship game), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl). He also was on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. A two-time all-conference honoree, Holmes racked up 84 career tackles along with 14.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. He is nearing completion of his degree in family resource management.
Jamarco Jones at Ohio State
Jones graduated with his degree in family resource management in December 2017, and in less than four years. His work in the classroom mirrored his work on the field, where he was a leader along the offensive line and a two-year starter who played in 50 games and started 27 consecutive games at left tackle as a junior and senior. He was an all-conference honoree twice without the benefit of a redshirt season, including first-team all-Big Ten in 2017 by both the coaches and the media polls. His play also helped the Buckeyes rank among the Top 20 rushing teams in the nation four consecutive years, including 11th in 2016, 11th in 2015, ninth in 2014 and 17th in 2017 at 243.2 yards per game. The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in rushing three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017.
Ohio State’s 2018 NFL Draft Picks
Round Pick Position Player/Team
#1 No. 4 CB Denzel Ward – Cleveland Browns
#1 No. 21 C Billy Price – Cincinnati Bengals
#2 No. 64 DE Tyquan Lewis – Indianapolis Colts
#3 No. 73 LB Jerome Baker – Miami Dolphins
#3 No. 77 DE Sam Hubbard – Cincinnati Bengals
#4 No. 102 DE Jalyn Holmes – Minnesota Vikings
#5 No. 168 OT Jamarco Jones – Seattle Seahawks