Five Buckeyes were selected on Day Two of the 2021 NFL Draft as two players were selected in the second round and three were taken in the third round.
Linebacker Pete Werner was the first Buckeye off the board on the night, going to New Orleans with the 60th pick overall and 28th pick of the second round. He was followed just two picks later by center Josh Myers, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers. Offensive guard Wyatt Davis went in the third round with the 88th pick overall to the Minnesota Vikings. Running back Trey Sermon went two picks later to the San Francisco 49ers. Linebacker Baron Browning went with the final pick of the third round to the Denver Broncos.
Werner was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, playing both the Sam and Will linebacker spot in his time at Ohio State. He was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection following a 2020 season where he led the Buckeyes with 54 tackles in eight games.
Werner is the fourth Ohio State player selected by the Saints in the last six years. His contract is expected to be around $5.7 million over four years with a $1.5 million signing bonus.
Myers went two picks later with the 62nd overall selection. Green Bay lost starting center (and former Buckeye) Corey Linsley in free agency, so this was a step forward in replacing him. Myers was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection this past season and a Second-Team pick in 2019. Myers decided to forego his final year of eligibility in order to enter the draft.
This is the highest a Buckeye has been taken by the Packers since 2006 when they selected linebacker AJ Hawk with the fifth pick in the first round. Myers’ contract will be around $5.6 million over four years with a $1.5 million signing bonus.
Linemate Wyatt Davis went with the 25th pick of the third round (88th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings. Davis was a two-time First-Team All-American and was named the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2020.
Davis is the first Buckeye to be selected by the Vikings since former defensive end Jalyn Holmes went in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Davis’ contract is expected to be around $4.9 million over four years with a $900,000 signing bonus.
Running back Trey Sermon went two picks later to the San Francisco 49ers. Sermon set the single-game rushing record at Ohio State with a 331-yard performance in the Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern. He finished the 2020 season with 870 yards rushing in eight games.
Sermon is the first Ohio State running back drafted by the Niners since they selected former Buckeye Carlos Hyde in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Sermon’s contract will be around $4.9 million over four years with a $900,000 signing bonus.
The final pick of the third round was linebacker Baron Browning, who was selected with the 105th pick overall by the Denver Broncos. Browning finished with 30 tackles, three tackles for loss, and one sack last season. He was named Third-Team All-Big Ten for his performance. His contract will be in the $4.8 million range with a signing bonus of around $800,000.
The last time a Buckeye went in the third round to the Broncos was 2019 when they selected defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. Prior to that it was tight end Jeff Heuerman, who went in the third round of the 2015 draft. Denver also selected former running back Maurice Clarett in the third round of the 2005 draft.
The draft will finish up with rounds four through seven on Saturday. Buckeyes who are still waiting to hear their names called include cornerback Shaun Wade, tight end Luke Farrell, linebackers Justin Hilliard and Tuf Borland, defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, and defensive end Jonathon Cooper.