Ohio State faithful weren’t the only ones who might’ve been caught off guard by Noah Brown’s decision to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
“(He) shocked me by going out early,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. told reporters during a conference call Thursday afternoon.
“I thought he could’ve come back another year, really helped himself.”
Kiper Jr. said he projects the 6-foot-2 New Jersey native to be available in the fourth round. CBSSports.com projects Brown, who was second on the Buckeyes this past fall in catches (32) and receiving yards (402) and tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions (7), as a likely third-round selection.
In his first mock draft, released Thursday morning, Kiper Jr. tapped cornerback Marshon Lattimore as the first Buckeyes player off the board, to the New York Jets at No. 6. Safety Malik Hooker was the only other Buckeyes player projected to be taken in the first round, to Washington at pick No. 17.