“All he does is get open, catch the ball and make great plays,” Day said. “He’s the most productive wide receiver in Ohio State history. I don’t get that one at all. The Chargers got a complete steal, and I think a lot of guys missed on him.”
On the third day of the draft, Ohio State also saw safety Jordan Fuller drafted in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams and defensive tackle Jashon Cornell drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions.
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Five other Buckeyes signed as undrafted free agents: tight end Rashod Berry (New England Patriots); offensive lineman Brandon Bowen (Carolina Panthers); wide receivers Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor (New York Giants); and longsnapper Liam McCullough (Las Vegas Raiders).
Day expects even the undrafted players to have a good opportunity to make NFL rosters.
“It is difficult, and there’s a lot of people vying for those spots,” Day said. “At the end of the day, some of those guys just need an opportunity to get on the field.”
Ohio State tied with Michigan for the second-most draft picks in 2020. National champion LSU had 14 picks, including Joe Burrow, chosen first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. Alabama ranked fourth with nine picks. The Southeastern Conference had 63 players selected, and the Big Ten ranked second with 48.
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Only Ohio State could boast of having two of the first three picks with the Washington Redskins taking defensive end Chase Young and then the Detroit Lions drafting cornerback Jeff Okudah following the Bengals’ selection of Burrow. A year from now, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields could be in a similar spot if he chooses to enter the draft after his junior season.
Day said Fields’ goals at the next level have been part of the conversation since he arrived at Ohio State.
“We’ll put him in position to go to New York City (for the Heisman ceremony) and to be a first-round draft pick,” Day said. “It’s his job to be a great leader and bring a championship back to Ohio State. His development this past year has been tremendous. He’s still got a long way to go. But I think there’s a level of trust there. Based on how it goes this season, we’ll either say, ‘You’re ready to go and go get it,’ or maybe you need another year.”