Day two of the NFL Draft, just like day one, was cloaked in Scarlet & Gray.
Ohio State smashed the all-time college record for most players selected in the first three rounds with 10. The 2003 Miami team held the previous mark with eight. The Buckeyes had five No. 1 picks, two second rounders and three third rounders.
The Buckeyes figure to challenge the mark of 14 players they had taken in the 2004 draft.
Texas holds the draft record with 17 choices in 1984 when the draft had a lot more rounds.
Forbes estimated that initial earnings for the five Buckeyes first-rounders could be $87 million.
All but offensive tackle Taylor Decker were part of Urban Meyer’s 2013 recruiting class that would help win the first College Football Playoff national championship after the 2014 season.
Ohio State is using all the exposure this week to recruit more stars.
“Come to Ohio State, and you’ll win championships and get to the NFL,” said defensive end Joey Bosa, the third overall pick and the first of the 10 Buckeyes to go.
Rising Tide: Defending national champ Alabama, which had only one player taken in the first round, boosted its total to seven after Friday night, including five second rounders. Notre Dame is third with six draftees. Crimson Tide locomotive Derrick Henry, the Heisman Trophy winner, was tabbed 45th by Tennessee, which also has DeMarco Murray in its backfield.
Best picks: Jacksonville traded up to No. 36 for UCLA’s Myles Jack, a top-five talent who was downgraded by a knee injury. But doctors have cleared Jack, called by scouts the prototypical modern-day NFL linebacker, for all activities, and he could have a huge immediate impact. Between Jack and first-round cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars defense suddenly looks salty.
Tampa Bay could get considerable bang for the buck with pass-rushing demon Noah Spence, who went 39th. Spence, by the way, is a former Ohio State player and Meyer recruit who spent his last year at Eastern Kentucky.
Cleveland landed NCAA sack leader Carl Nassib, a former walk-on at Penn State, with the 65th overall choice.
Rex Ryan is going to love middle linebacker Reggie Ragland. The blue-collar Alabama mauler went 41st to Buffalo.
Worst picks: The Bucs traded up in the second round for Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. What in the world? This guy better be automatic from anywhere inside 65 yards.
The Jets reached badly in the second round on QB Christian Hackenberg, who progressively got worse at Penn State and was a nervous, flinching wreck by his senior season. He’ll battle Big 12 alums Bryce Petty of Baylor and Geno Smith of West Virginia for the tag of future Jets bust.
The Steelers normally are sharp, but their second-round cornerback, Sean Davis of Maryland, was almost as surprising a pick as first-round CB Artie Burns.
LSU, for a change, had little to choose from this year, and Atlanta might have reached for LB Deion Jones in the second round. He was fairly ordinary in a lot of games.
Who needs a QB? Three quarterbacks were selected on the second day: Hackenberg at No. 51; North Carolina State’s Jacoby Brissett to New England at 91; and Southern Cal’s Cody Kessler at No. 93 to Cleveland. But no Connor Cook of Michigan State.
Best available: For day three, our list starts with Baylor behemoth Andrew Billings. Hard to understand why he has fallen so far. Other good values: RB Devontae Booker (Utah); RB Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech); CB Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma); ILB Joshua Perry (Ohio State); DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texas); ex-Longhorn recruit OG Christian Westerman (Arizona State) and two QBs, yes, Cook and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).
Quote of the day: “I’ve never been to KC. I heard they got the best steak, the best barbecue ... I can’t wait to get there and eat,” said mammoth Mississippi State DT Chris Jones, after being picked by the Chiefs.
Conference count: Even with Ohio State’s 10 spot, the Big Ten couldn’t quite keep up with the SEC. Here is the breakdown of drafted players:
Big Ten: 23
Big 12: 9
Mountain West: 5
Notre Dame: 5