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Ten Total Buckeyes Selected In 2021 NFL Draft, Four Off the Board Saturday

No school had more players drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft than the Ohio State Buckeyes. Ohio State and Alabama both had 10 players selected this year.

Saturday was the final day of the draft, featuring rounds four through seven. Nose tackle Tommy Togiai was the first off the board, taken in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. He was followed by tight end Luke Farrell when Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars took him with the first pick of the fifth round. Cornerback Shaun Wade was drafted in the fifth round as well, going to Baltimore. Defensive end Jonathon Cooper went in the seventh round to Denver.

Togiai went 27th in the fourth round with the 132nd pick overall by the Cleveland Browns. He started just one year at Ohio State before turning pro early, but was a valuable member of the nose tackle rotation as a freshman and sophomore. He finished last season with 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks in seven games.

At his position in the fourth round, Togiai is slated to sign a contract somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.1 million over four years with a $700,000 signing bonus.

Farrell went to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first selection of the fifth round and 145th pick overall. He was the lone Buckeye drafted by former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer this year. Farrell caught 34 passes in his Ohio State career but was much more valuable to the OSU offense than just a pass catcher. He excelled in both run blocking and being essentially a third tackle for the Buckeyes.

Farrell’s contract should be around $3.8 million over four years with a $350,000 signing bonus.

Wade came off the board with the 16th pick of the fifth round after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens. Wade was a First-Team All-American following the 2020 season and was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Back of the Year. He finished third on the team with 35 tackles last year. Wade intercepted two passes last year, returning one against Indiana for a touchdown.

Wade’s contract slot will be around $3.8 million over four years with a $300,000 signing bonus.

Cooper was the tenth Buckeye selected in the draft, going to the Denver Broncos in the seventh round with the 239th pick overall. He joins Baron Browning, who went to the Broncos in the third round. Cooper led the team last year with 3.5 sacks. He also added 24 tackles. Cooper finished his career with 10 sacks. He will be signing a contract in the range of $3.5 million over four years with a $100,000 signing bonus.

Linebacker Justin Hilliard was not selected and he will now decide on a team to join as an undrafted free agent. That is also the case for fellow linebacker Tuf Borland, kicker Blake Haubeil, and punter Drue Chrisman.

[Saturday evening update: Justin Hilliard has signed with San Francisco, Drue Chrisman has signed with his hometown Cincinnati Bengals, Tuf Borland has signed with Minnesota, tight end Jake Hausmann has signed with Detroit, and Blake Haubeil has signed with Tennessee.]

Full list of Buckeye draftees.

Rd 1 (11) 11th overall – Justin Fields – Chicago Bears
Rd 2 (28) 60th overall – Pete Werner – New Orleans Saints
Rd 2 (30) 62nd overall – Josh Myers – Green Bay Packers
Rd 3 (23) 86th overall – Wyatt Davis – Minnesota Vikings
Rd 3 (25) 88th overall – Trey Sermon – San Francisco 49ers
Rd 3 (42) 105th overall – Baron Browning – Denver Broncos
Rd 4 (27) 132nd overall – Tommy Togiai – Cleveland Browns
Rd 5 (1) 145th overall – Luke Farrell – Jacksonville Jaguars
Rd 5 (16) 160th overall – Shaun Wade – Baltimore Ravens
Rd 7 (11) 239th overall – Jonathon Cooper – Denver Broncos