It’s hard to watch 2017 NFL Draft talk, or talk about recent NFL drafts without hearing how Ohio State players have been some of the most in-demand picks.
ESPN recently validated that notion when Luke Knox posted a story about the best NFL Draft factories and listed the Buckeyes as the hottest NFL factory right now.
Knox found out that since 2002, the Buckeyes have seen the biggest spike in demand for their players with 12 getting drafted last year including Joey Bosa at No. 3.
The numbers have skyrocketed in the last five years too, going from 750 points in draft value around 2012 to nearly 1,500 in 2016. Florida State, Notre Dame and Clemson are among other teams which have seen a rise in draftees too.
On the flip side, though, the Buckeyes have had a lot of players underperform, which means that players have had more draft value than actual NFL production.
Clemson, Arkansas and West Virginia are among the teams with the Buckeyes, but the Bucks lead the way in draft value of all the teams on the chart despite falling below the optimal performance line.
The Buckeyes have a strong chance to continue the hot factory trend as they have 10 players projected to go in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft according to our mock draft.
Here are where some Buckeyes are projected to go according to our Ryan Ginn.
Purdue was also seen as having the best sleepers from rounds 2-4. Since 2002, players like Ryan Kerrigan, Nick Hardwick, Cliff Avril and Shaun Phillips have all been Pro Bowlers.
The Boilermakers also had the third most value in rounds 5-7.
The only other Big Team that was featured in the story was Wisconsin, which, to no surprise, has the best offensive line factory.
They’ve had 13 players taken and beat out Boston College and the Buckeyes in the top 3.