What an all Ohio State NFL roster would look like after the 2021 draft

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The 2021 NFL draft has come and gone, and that means we have some more former Ohio State players entering the League. That also means that if we theoretically wanted to build a team of only former Buckeyes, there’s a new crop of players to choose from.

So what would it look like if we took a former Buckeye for every roster slot on an NFL team?

It must be noted, in a chest-thumping kind of way, that there are really only a couple of programs you can do this with. Alabama, and Ohio State for sure. You would have to get really creative and bend the rules quite a bit to do it with other programs. You would run embarrassingly short with most efforts.

Also worth noting, we used the 53-man NFL roster construct that teams need to be down to for the start of the season as to how our rosters are built and slotted. There were actually some decisions that had to be made, but you’ll see that this would be a very good roster that would give the league a run. Sometimes we moved defensive backs between safety and corner, and swapped defensive ends and tackles for flexibility and depth.

All of it though, to be as versatile and talented as possible.

Let’s get after it.

Quarterback (two spots)

Justin Fields was reportedly best QB in draft by several team scouts
Justin Fields was reportedly best QB in draft by several team scouts

Team Brutus quarterback Kyle McCord (14) talks to Justin Fields and other former Buckeyes following the Ohio State football Spring Game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

The quarterback room

Justin Fields (Chicago Bears) Dwayne Haskins (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Running Backs (four spots)

Ohio State football players in the NFL: Week 14 image gallery
Ohio State football players in the NFL: Week 14 image gallery

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) signs to Ohio State fans after the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 14 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. Former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to a 30-7 over the Bengals.

The running back room

Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) J.K. Dobbins (Baltimore Ravens) Carlos Hyde (Jacksonville Jaguars) Trey Sermon (San Francisco 49ers)

Wide Receiver (seven spots)

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) warms up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. The New Orleans Saints won 21-16. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

The wide receiver room

Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) Terry McLaurin (Washington Football Team) Curtis Samuel (Washington Football Team) Parris Campbell (Indianapolis Colts) K.J. Hill (Los Angeles Chargers) Noah Brown (Dallas Cowboys) Austin Mack (New York Giants)

Tight End (three spots)

Denver Broncos tight end Nick Vannett (88) walks off the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins 20-13 in an an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov.. 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Justin Edmonds)

The tight end room

Nick Vannett (Denver Broncos) Luke Farrell (Jacksonville Jaguars) Marcus Baugh (Washington Football Team)

Offensive Tackle (three spots)

Former Ohio State OT Taylor Decker signs massive contract with Lions
Former Ohio State OT Taylor Decker signs massive contract with Lions

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The offensive tackle room

Taylor Decker (Detroit Lions) Jamarco Jones (Seattle Seahawks) Isaiah Prince (Cincinnati Bengals)

Offensive Guard (four spots)

Jacksonville Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell (68) stretches before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

The offensive guard room

Andrew Norwell (Jacksonville Jaguars) Jonah Jackson (Detroit Lions) Wyatt Davis (Minnesota Vikings) Pat Elflein (Carolina Panthers)

Center (two spots)

Former Ohio State football player NFL Free Agency Review
Former Ohio State football player NFL Free Agency Review

Corey Linsley is scheduled to enter free agency next spring and the Packers might not have enough room under the salary cap to sign the center. Credit: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The center room

Corey Linsley (Los Angeles Chargers) Billy Price (Cincinnati Bengals)

Defensive Tackle (five spots)

Dec 21, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) after the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The defensive tackle room

Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers) Johnathan Hankins (Las Vegas Raiders) Davon Hamilton (Jacksonville Jaguars) Dre'Mont Jones (Denver Broncos) Tommy Togiai (Cleveland Browns)

Defensive End (five spots)

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WATCH: Chase Young wants you to know Washington QB Taylor Heinicke

Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) on the field before the game between the Washington Football Team and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The defensive end room

Chase Young (Washington Football Team) Joey Bosa (Los Angeles Chargers) Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers) Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati Bengals) Tyquan Lewis (Indianapolis Colts)

Linebacker (five spots)

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) walks to the locker room after the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The linebacker room

Jerome Baker (Miami Dolphins) Malik Harrison (Baltimore Ravens) Raekwon McMillan (New England Patriots) Pete Werner (New Orleans Saints) Baron Browning (Denver Broncos)

Cornerback (five spots)

Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward celebrates after the Browns defeated the Houston Texans 10-7 after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The cornerback room

Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns) Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints) Bradley Roby (Houston Texans) Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions) Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)

Safety (four spots)

New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) watches play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The safety room

Malcolm Jenkins (New Orleans Saints) Jordan Fuller (Los Angeles Rams) Vonn Bell (Cincinnati Bengals) Kendall Sheffield (Atlanta Falcons) Shaun Wade (Baltimore Ravens)

Kicker (one spot)

Ohio State kicker Blake Haubeil kicks during an NFL Pro Day at Ohio State University on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

The kicker in the room

Blake Haubeil (Tennessee Titans)

Punter (one spot)

Nov 22, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Philadelphia Eagles punter Cameron Johnston (1) punts during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The punter in the room

Cameron Johnston (Philadelphia Eagles)

Long Snapper (one spot)

Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams long snapper Jake McQuaide (44) during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The long snapper in the room

Jake McQuaide (Dallas Cowboys) [listicle id=50124] Contact/Follow us @BuckeyesWire on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Ohio State news, notes and opinion.

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