Drafting the 51 best Ohio State football players on the Buckeyes’ current roster

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Who are Ohio State’s best players? With spring football practice nearly done, and the spring game coming Saturday, we have a better idea of that. So we ranked the Buckeyes. Actually, we drafted them to rank them.

This should be something we do several times a year now, at every point where we gather new information. The idea was to rank the best players on a mix of production, potential and health, a bit like how recruits are ranked. No positional worries, no limits on age or experience, just best … while taking into account how experience influences that. We’ll plan to do this again after preseason camp in August, just before the season starts, and that will let us know who rose up during camp and who fell back. But this is the baseline, the first ranking of the 51 best Buckeyes.

Nathan Baird, Stephen Means and I did it on the big Wednesday Buckeye Talk. If you want to be surprised, just listen and don’t read the list. If you want our top 51 right now, it’s below the pod player. Maybe you can read and then listen to the reasoning later. Or if you just want names, we’ve got them.

We did this as a draft, with me picking first, followed by Nathan, then Stephen, and continuing through 17 rounds. Here’s how the draft went for our best 51 Buckeyes.

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1. Garrett Wilson, WR

2. Chris Olave, WR

3. Jeremy Ruckert, TE

4. Thayer Munford, OT

5. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT

6. Haskell Garrett, DT

7. Zach Harrison, DE

8. Tyreke Smith, DE

9. Josh Proctor, S

10. Paris Johnson, OL

11. CJ Stroud, QB

12. Lathan Ransom, S

13. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR

14. TreVeyon Henderson, RB

15. Sevyn Banks, CB

16. Harry Miller, OL

17. Master Teague, RB

18. Taron Vincent, DT

19. Cameron Brown, CB

20. Kyle McCord, QB

21. Teradja Mitchell, LB

22. Matthew Jones, OL

23. Jameson Williams, WR

24. Jack Sawyer, DE

25. Dallas Gant, LB

26. Craig Young, LB

27. Marcus Williamson, DB

28. Antwuan Jackson, DT

29. Miyan Williams, RB

30. Cody Simon, LB

31. Cam Martinez, CB

32. Tyler Friday, DE

33. Julian Fleming, WR

34. Javonte Jean-Baptiste, DE

35. Cade Stover, TE

36. Jerron Cage, DT

37. K’Vaughan Pope, LB

38. Dawand Jones, OT

39. Ryan Watts, CB

40. Luke Wypler, OL

41. Ronnie Hickman, DB

42. Donovan Jackson, OL

43. Kourt Williams, LB

44. Jack Miller, QB

45. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR

46. Josh Fryar, OL

47. Lejond Cavazos, CB

48. Ty Hamilton, DT

49. Emeka Egbuka, WR

50. Mitchell Melton, LB

51. Enokk Vimahi, OL

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