Ohio State football with 6 players to watch for the 2023 NFL Draft by PFF

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. When you go to a program like Ohio State, you’re going to see a lot of players go to the NFL. OSU is on the shortlist of programs that are a literal pipeline to the top level of gaming, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

And while the 2022 NFL Draft is on the books, those following the draft are still waiting for the next one. One such site is Pro Football Focus which has burst onto the scene in recent years.

It turns out that the folks at PFF posted their best players in each position looking forward to the draft in Kansas City next April. And yes, there are six Buckeyes listed.

Here’s a look at the six Ohio State players and what Michael Renner has to say about each.

Quarterback, CJ Stroud

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) calls a play during the first quarter of the NCAA football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday November 20, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What Renner says

“Stroud has much better prototypical tools than Young and showed marked development in his first season as a starter. While backed up by three wide passes in the first round, his arm talent stands out in its own right.

Running back, Miyan Williams

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Ohio State Buckeyes running back Miyan Williams (28) scores a rushing touchdown against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first quarter of their game at Huntington Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN on September 2 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What Renner says

“Unfortunately, Williams is still second fiddle to TreVeyon Henderson, who will be a top 50 prospect when he declares it. But that’s not because Williams lacks talent. At 5-foot-8 and 225 pounds, Williams looks like a bowling ball when he knocks down defences, he broke 31 tackles in 71 carries last year, and he has a stiff dirty arm.

Wide receiver, Jaxon Smith-Njigba

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Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) during an NCAA football game Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Adam Bettcher)

What Renner says

“Smith-Njigba already has a stronger build than his two Buckeye counterparts who were drafted into the top 11 this year. The 6-foot, 198-pound receiver also led the team in yards and receptions last year. He will, however, have to prove he can do it outdoors, having taken 88.6% of his shots from the slot machine in 2021.”

Offensive tackle, Paris Johnson Jr.

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January 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. (77) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship game. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports

What Renner says

“Johnson is next in line at left tackle for the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder was picked poorly at right guard as a redshirt rookie in 2021, but he still earned a 79.1 overall rating. With his ability to play in space, he’s a next-level tackle.

Inside offensive line, Luke Wypler (center)

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Luke Wypler (53) against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during their game at Huntington Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN on September 2, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What Renner says

Wypler impressed in his first season as a starter last season with a 79.6 overall rating. The redshirt freshman produced just eight pressures on 516 pass blocking snaps for the Buckeyes. At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, he’s likely looming as an NFL center.

Inside offensive line, Matthew Jones (guard)

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Matthew Jones (55) warms up during spring football practice at Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus on March 22, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What Renner says

“After making a redshirt as a rookie and then playing part-time the next two seasons, Jones broke out as a junior redshirt last season. His mark of 89.4 blocking points was fifth-best of any Power Five guard in the country last season.

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