CHICAGO (AP/WCMH)–Ohio State added five players to the list of former Buckeyes joining the National Football League on Friday.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas No. 47 and safety Vonn Bell No. 61 both joined the New Orleans Saints.
No. 80,defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, joined the Buffalo Bills. The Houston Texans nabbed quarterback-turned-wide receiver Braxton Miller No. 85. Tight end Nick Vannett No. 94 joined the Seattle Seahawks.
This is a league record for more players drafted in the first three rounds.
OSU tied a previous school record with a quintet of players selected in the first round. The Buckeyes also had five players chosen in the opening round of the 2006 draft. Miami has the record with six No. 1 picks in 2004.
Defensive end Joey Bosa was the No. 3 overall pick Thursday in Chicago, going to the San Diego Chargers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 to the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Eli Apple No. 10 to the New York Giants, offensive tackle Taylor Decker No. 16 to the Detroit Lions and linebacker Darron Lee No. 20 to the New York Jets.
Forbes estimated that initial earnings for the five Buckeyes first-rounders could be $87 million.
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