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Denzel Ward could very likely be the first cornerback selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Denzel Ward at No. 8 overall in ESPN mock draft; 3 centers of attention in Buckeyes battle

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Denzel Ward goes No. 8 overall in Todd McShay’s updated mock draft

Denzel Ward is in great position to be the first cornerback selected in the 2018 NFL Draft following the combine. The former Buckeyes player was projected to go eighth overall to the Chicago Bears in the latest mock draft from ESPN’s Todd McShay. Ward, who ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine, can be the third Ohio State cornerback in as many years to go among the top 11 picks. Here’s McShay’s projected top 10:

A look at Todd McShay's top 10 with the combine in the rearview mirror.

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Why picking a center is at the top of Urban Meyer’s to-do list this spring

Ohio State will have a new quarterback in 2018. It will also have a new player snapping the ball to whomever wins the quarterback battle. Urban Meyer did not downplay the need for Ohio State to find a great replacement at center for Billy Price. “Center is every bit important as quarterback,” Meyer told reporters Tuesday.

Brady Taylor, Josh Myers and Matt Burrell are the three main offensive linemen competing for the job. Land of 10’s Austin Ward broke down what the battle should be like this spring.

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How Ohio State can be No. 1 with a bunch of 5s

Ohio State wants to be No. 1 in 2018 by having a team of “5s.” Urban Meyer’s latest motivational tool is getting players to want to be rated as “5s” during practice and beyond, as Land of 10’s Austin Ward points out. Defensive tackle Robert Landers explained why the scale motivates Ohio State players.

“Everything you do, you want to be the best. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the football field, the classroom or the workforce, you have to be a fierce competitor,” Landers said. “When you have that 5 scale, that’s exactly what that is.”

Ohio State basketball looking like a No. 5 seed

Speaking of fives … as Selection Sunday nears, Ohio State is looking more and more like a No. 5 seed. Ohio State was listed as a No. 5 seed in both ESPN’s and CBS Sports’ respective bracketologies, which were released Thursday. ESPN had the Buckeyes facing Loyola-Chicago in Boise, Idaho, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while CBS had the team facing New Mexico State in San Diego.

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