NFL Draft Predictions: Buckeyes, Browns and Shaheen

  • 4/26/2017 8:34:48 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday evening in Philadelphia where a number of familiar names who used to wear the scarlet and grey will trade in their Buckeye uniforms for some fat paychecks. Ohio State has five players that are projected to be drafted in the first two rounds, so host Brian Skowronski and "Big" Mike Thompson debate where each former Buckeye will end up on this week's episode of The Sports Buzz.

Both the guys believe that CB Marshon Lattimore and FS Malik Hooker will be taken early in the opening round, and could both be off the board in the top-five. CB Gareon Conley also figures to be a first-round selection, while ILB Raekwon McMillan has a second-round grade and could end up with the Bengals at the 41st pick, according to Skowronski, but Thompson believes he will go on Day 1. Speedy H-Back Curtis Samuel is the most difficult prospect to judge because of his unique skill set as both a pass catcher and running back, but it's the blazing speed that has The Sports Buzz guys thinking he will be off the board by the end of the first round.   

Ashland University standout TE Adam Shaheen became the first Eagles player to declare early for the NFL Draft and the record-setting prospect has done nothing but improve his stock since making that decision. With a resume that features nearly 140 grabs and 1,700 with 26 touchdowns the last two seasons, Shaheen is considered a second-round talent that figures to be off the board by the end of Day 2. Both Skowronski and Thompson believe the stud AU product made the correct choice to leave school early if he is drafted as high as scouts predict.

Then there's the Cleveland Browns who could use just about all of these guys to help solidify an already young roster that finishes 1-15 a season ago. Most experts believe that Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is the best overall player in the draft and the guys agree that Cleveland should pull the trigger on the edge rusher with their top pick. Both also believe the Browns should wait and see if Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is available at #12 and if so, Skowronski is pleading with the team to take the defending national champion because he is a proven winner. 

Check out new episodes of The Sports Buzz every Wednesday at 8 pm on WMFD TV. 

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