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Ohio State is in store for another big NFL draft in 2018.

Ohio State ready to cash in on another big NFL draft; Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer eulogize Earle Bruce

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Ohio State ready to cash in again on NFL draft

The 2018 NFL Draft starts Thursday in Arlington, Texas. While probably only one Buckeyes player — cornerback Denzel Ward — will be taken in the first round, it should be another big draft for the Ohio State program. The Buckeyes have proudly added the amount of money Urban Meyer’s players have made in the NFL to its recruiting repertoire. Land of 10’s Austin Ward took a look at just how much the Ohio State program is benefiting from its NFL draft success, something that’s sure to continue this weekend.

Denzel Ward No. 5 overall, 10 Buckeyes in Land of 10’s 7-round mock

Ohio State might not have as much first-round success as previous drafts, but there could be double-digit Buckeyes drafted in 2018. Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman filled out a seven-round mock draft that has 10 Ohio State players going in the draft — from Ward at No. 5 to Marcus Baugh at No. 253.

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Billy Price reportedly will be ready for training camp

Billy Price’s draft stock undoubtedly took a hit when he suffered a torn pectoral muscle at the 2018 NFL Combine. While Price likely will slip to Day 2 of the draft, he reportedly will be ready to compete for an NFL team by training camp. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Price’s doctor notified teams that the 2017 Rimington Trophy winner is expected to be ready by the end of July “without restriction.”

Ohio State community remembers Earle Bruce

The Ohio State football community gathered Wednesday for a celebration of life ceremony for former coach Earle Bruce, who died Friday at 87. Jim Tressel and Meyer were among the speakers who eulogized Bruce, the Buckeyes’ coach for nine seasons and winner of four Big Ten titles. “The minute he got here, there was a love affair with Ohio State,” Tressel said, “and with Coach Bruce, love affairs never end. That’s just the way it is.” Meyer’s speech can be watched in full here.

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