COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Thursday night was good for Ohio State, not only for five of its former players who soon will be rich, but also for its coaches who are trying to sell the program to elite recruits.
Ohio State tied a previous school record with a quintet of players selected in the first round. The Buckeyes also had five players chosen in the opening round of the 2006 draft. Miami has the record with six No. 1 picks in 2004.
Defensive end Joey Bosa was the No. 3 overall pick Thursday in Chicago, going to the San Diego Chargers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 to the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Eli Apple No. 10 to the New York Giants, offensive tackle Taylor Decker No. 16 to the Detroit Lions and linebacker Darron Lee No. 20 to the New York Jets.