March 29, 2023 9:44 pm

The NFL draft is tough to retain up with. It has prospective draftees moving up and down the board just about everyday with all of the news, “smokescreens,” trades, and rumors, and it surely has been no various as we lead into the 2023 draft.

This year even though, Ohio State has 1 of the players that has a mighty fine likelihood at becoming the No. 1 general choose, and the newest developments have lots of believing that he may possibly just be the initial name we hear referred to as in the NFL draft. In reality, he’s now the odds-on favored to go No. 1 right after Carolina traded up with Chicago ahead of all the shenanigans that are set to take spot in Kansas City.

Our College Wires draft professional, Patrick Conn, is also of the belief that Stroud will potentially go No. 1 and has moved him up the draft board to the major position. But that is not the only OSU player he is tracking in his newest initial-round NFL mock draft. No, there are two other individuals that he believes will be getting telephone calls on day 1.

Here’s the newest from Conn and exactly where he believes 3 Buckeyes will land on the initial day of the 2023 NFL draft.

C.J. Stroud, Quarterback

Dec. 31, 2022 Atlanta, Georgia Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) drops back to throw the ball against Georgia Bulldogs in the third quarter through the Peach Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Credit: USA Now Sports

Projected NFL Draft Choice

No. 1 general to the Carolina Panthers

What Conn Says

“The Carolina Panthers have a important have to have at quarterback and C.J. Stroud is ripe for the choosing with the major choose of the 2023 NFL draft. The group did sign Andy Dalton to a two-year deal but he is not the future of the franchise, Stroud will be.”


Paris Johnson Jr., Offensive Tackle

Watch: Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones and Luke Wypler go through NFL combine workouts

Watch: Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones and Luke Wypler go via NFL combine workouts

Mar five, 2023 Indianapolis, IN, USA Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson, Jr. (OL24) through the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA Now Sports

Projected NFL Draft Choice

No. 12 general to the Houston Texans (trade with the Cleveland Browns)

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What Conn Says

“The Texans not too long ago traded for former Bucs guard Shaq Mason but there is nevertheless function to be performed to shield quarterback Bryce Young. The group adds some much more beef with Paris Johnson of Ohio State to shield their enormous investment.”

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver

Todd McShay doesn't think Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a first-round pick

Todd McShay does not consider Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a initial-round choose

Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba enters Ohio Stadium ahead of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26, 2022. Credit: USA Now Sports

Projected NFL Draft Choice

No. 25 general to the New York Giants

What Conn Says

“The New York Giants not too long ago added Parris Campbell and Jeff Smith at wide receiver but Smith-Njigba provides them a dynamic weapon for quarterback Daniel Jones.”

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