New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Four former Ohio State players, led by All-American linebacker Ryan Shazier, were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.
Shazier and cornerback Bradley Roby were picked in the first round while running back Carlos Hyde and offensive tackle Jack Mewhort were taken in the second round.
The 6-2, 237-pound linebacker Shazier, who had 306 tackles and 44.5 tackles-for-loss in three seasons with Ohio State, was selected Thursday night with the 15th pick in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Shazier is the 68th Ohio State Buckeye to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft – and the first since Cam Heyward was selected by Pittsburgh in 2011.
He is the ninth Buckeye linebacker to be chosen in the first round. Only USC, with 77 first-round draft picks, has more than Ohio State.
Roby was selected by the Denver Broncos as the 31st overall pick, becoming the 11th player to be drafted in the first round under head coach Urban Meyer.
Roby is the first Buckeye defensive back to be drafted in the first round since Malcolm Jenkins in 2009. He is the eighth since 1997 and the 13th overall. He also is the 69th Buckeye overall to be drafted in the first round overall.
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Roby started in all 37 games he played in over his three-year playing career with the Buckeyes. He totaled eight interceptions, 36 PBUs and had 44 career passes defended.
He ranks third in school history with 226 interception return yards and is tied for the school record (with seven others) with two career interception returns for TDs. A nose for the football, Roby scored a total of five touchdowns on defense and special teams during his career.
The 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year, Hyde was selected by the San Francisco 49ers Friday 57th overall.
Hyde is considered among the top running backs in Ohio State history, racking up nearly 3,200 career rushing yards – 2,491 in the past two seasons for an average of 118.6 yards per contest.
He led the Big Ten and ranked sixth nationally with 138.3 rushing yards per game in 2013. His 1,521 rushing yards ranked 13th nationally and his 15 rushing touchdowns ranked 15th. He also led the Big Ten in scoring and scoring TDs in each of the last two years, including 108 as a senior.
Hyde averaged 156.1 rushing yards per game in Big Ten play last season and he capped his career with nine consecutive 100-yard games, including a 246-yard performance at Illinois – the third-most in school history – while scoring five touchdowns.
Mewhort, an All-American offensive tackle, was selected in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts as the 59th overall pick.
Ohio State has had an offensive linemen taken in three consecutive NFL Drafts with tackle Reid Fragel a seventh-round pick in 2013 by Cincinnati and tackle Mike Adams a second-round selection by Pittsburgh in 2012.
Mewhort is the 10th Ohio State offensive lineman drafted in the past 10 years and the 40th Ohio State offensive lineman taken since the NFL and old AFL combined drafts in 1967.