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Buckeyes could achieve very interesting NFL Draft feat

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo ,Ohio State's Malik Hooker (24) hits Penn State's Mike Gesicki (88) as he tries to catch a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Coaches saw Hooker’s potential before the season and knew they’d have to rely on him to help shore up the secondary after the departure of Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell and Eli Apple. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The 2016 NFL Draft was one for the Ohio State record books. And with a repeat performance, the Buckeyes football program will accomplish something not done in over 60 years.

Last year, OSU had three players selected in the top 10, a total of five in the first round and 12 in the first four rounds. It was the fourth time the school had at least a dozen players picked.

SCHOOLS WITH 12+ PLAYERS DRAFTED IN ONE YEAR

  • 1984 17 Texas
  • 1946 16 Notre Dame
  • 1945 15 Notre Dame
  • 1953 15 USC
  • 1975 14 USC
  • 2004 14 Ohio State
  • 1944 13 Notre Dame
  • 1950 13 Minnesota
  • 1971 13 Ohio State
  • 1975 13 Ohio State
  • 1977 13 USC
  • 1987 13 Penn State
  • 1988 13 Oklahoma
  • 1944 12 USC
  • 1944 12 Texas
  • 1950 12 Notre Dame
  • 1952 12 Maryland
  • 1954 12 Notre Dame
  • 1974 12 UCLA
  • 1975 12 Nebraska
  • 1976 12 Colorado
  • 1981 12 Pittsburgh
  • 1982 12 Texas
  • 1988 12 Miami (Fla)
  • 2016 12 Ohio State

Another 10 players are slotted to get drafted in the first two rounds in 2017, led by DBs Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker. If all three are off the board in the top 15 selections, it would mark the first time since 1954-55 that a college football team would have back-to-back years with a trio of top-15 picks. That nugget comes from Dane Brugler, Senior NFL Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout and CBS Sports.

In 2016, Ohio State's Joey Bosa (third overall to San Diego Chargers), Ezekiel Elliott (fourth to Dallas Cowboys) and Eli Apple (10th to New York Giants) were all top-10 selections.

It remains to be seen if Conley's stock will drop after he was accused of rape, allegations which he denies.

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