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Are Buckeyes DBU? Three taken in round one of NFL Draft

FILE - In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Ohio State defensive back Gareon Conley runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. An attorney for the former Ohio State star says the player denies an accusation made in a police report released Tuesday, April 25, 2017, that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed and the incident is still being investigated by police. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

PHILADELPHIA (WSYX/WTTE/WKRC) - Is Ohio State the new "defensive backs university"?

The triumvirate of Buckeyes defensive backs went in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Marshon Lattimore started the parade as the 11th pick to the New Orleans Saints, where he'll join former Buckeyes Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell, Ted Ginn, Jr and Jake Stoneburner. Lattimore took his time getting to the media after his selection. "I was just enjoying the moment with my family and I can't wait to get back to them."


The next Buckeyes player taken was safety Malik Hooker, who was surrounded by family at his home in New Castle, Pa. Hooker went 15th overall to the Indianapolis Colts.

The final OSU defensive back off the board was Gareon Conley, who bypassed the draft in Philadelphia, instead going home to Canton, Ohio. It was quite a day for Conley, who has been implicated in some off-field drama in Cleveland but who reportedly refuted his involvement by taking a polygraph test earlier in the day.

Rounds two and three of the draft are Friday night, with rounds four through seven on Saturday.


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