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Denzel Ward was the No. 9 pick in Mel Kiper's latest mock draft.

Denzel Ward only Buckeyes player in Mel Kiper’s projected first round; Kirk Herbstreit reacts to being called Ohio State ‘homer’

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Mel Kiper has just 1 Ohio State player in first round of revamped mock draft

Ohio State has had multiple first-round NFL draft picks in each of the last two years. But that streak is in jeopardy, according to Mel Kiper Jr. The ESPN draft expert released his NFL mock draft 2.0 on Wednesday, and it featured just one Ohio State player, cornerback Denzel Ward, as a projected first-round pick. Ward was projected to go No. 9 overall to the San Francisco 49ers, the same spot Kiper had him in his previous mock draft.

In his first projection, though, Kiper had Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard going 20th overall and center Billy Price at No. 24. Neither of them were in his latest first-round projection, which can be found in full here. Hubbard and Price will both get plenty of chances to impress scouts over the next two months.

Kirk Herbstreit addresses notion he’s Ohio State ‘homer’

Kirk Herbstreit is a proud former Buckeyes player. He just doesn’t let it get in the way of his work. Herbstreit, the former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst, addressed someone on Twitter who called him a Ohio State “homer.” Herbstreit said he roots for his former school, except when he’s talking about college football.

“I’m a proud alum and to be clear I am a fan like you and anyone else. And yes I’m 1000% homer for my school,” Herbstreit said, backing up a comment he made about Ohio State’s basketball team. “Just happen to be able to be objective to a fault when evaluating CFB. Get over it!! #OldNews”

Ohio State is having some intense winter workouts

There are less than two weeks until the Buckeyes are back on the field for the start of spring practice. But until then, Ohio State is busy with mat drills. The Buckeyes released their second winter workout video showcasing the intense exercises players are going through before the spring. It’s hard work that should pay off in the fall.

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Kelsey Mitchell wins final regular-season game at Value City Arena

Kelsey Mitchell, one of Ohio State’s greatest athletes of the last decade and the all-time Big Ten basketball scoring leader, played her final regular-season home game for the Buckeyes on Wednesday night. Mitchell was one of five Ohio State seniors who might not play in Columbus again if the team doesn’t get a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Mitchell scored 22 points in as the No. 14 Buckeyes (23-6, 12-3 in Big Ten) beat Northwestern 88-54.

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