From linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round to Chris Fields signing as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State sent 12 players to the pros in last week's NFL Draft.
Some of those former Buckeyes have a good chance of making a quick impact in the NFL. In order, here are the Ohio State players with the best chance for immediate success in the pros:
Linebacker Ryan Shazier
Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 15 overall
Shazier should immediately step into Pittsburgh's starting lineup next to Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker. With his speed and athleticism, Shazier will give the Steelers a versatile playmaker on defense who can line up in multiple positions.
"Obviously, we’re always very comfortable looking at Ohio State defensive tape," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after Shazier was picked. "They asked him to do a lot of similar things that we could envision asking him to do. In their base defense, he played inside and in sub-package football, he got after the quarterback quite a bit.
Cornerback Bradley Roby
Selected by: Denver Broncos, No. 31 overall
The Broncos have rebuilt their secondary this offseason by signing cornerback Aqib Talib and drafting Roby in the first round. Both should be starters for Denver with incumbent Chris Harris concentrating on the slot. Roby dropped in the first round because of character issues, but Denver General Manager John Elway said his team had Roby rated as a top-15 talent.
Running back Carlos Hyde
Selected by: San Francisco 49ers, No. 57 overall
The 49ers still have lead running back Frank Gore, but he's already 30 – the dreaded age most NFL running backs begin a decline in production. At worst, though, Hyde should be San Francisco's secondary back and eat into Gore's carries if the veteran struggles.
Center Corey Linsley
Selected by: Green Bay Packers, No. 161 overall
The Packers are relying on second-year player JC Tretter at center. He didn't play a single game last season because of injury. Linsley, a first-team all-confernce player last season, was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes. He should get every opportunity to win the starting job with the Packers.
Wide receiver Corey Brown
Carolina Panthers undrafted free agent
The Panthers' wide receiver corps was decimated following the departure of veterans Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. Although the team drafted wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the first round, Brown should get a shot as an outside receiver and special teams contributor. The Panthers need speed and Brown can provide it.
Left tackle Jack Mewhort
Selected by: Indianapolis Colts, No. 59 overall
Mewhort was the first selection in the draft by the Colts and is slated to possibly move inside to guard, a position he played as a sophomore for the Buckeyes. He could also move to center, which he played in high school. Mewhort should be in competition with left guard Donald Thomas or center Khaled Holmes.
Guard Marcus Hall
Indianapolis Colts undrafted free agent
Hall may have gone undrafted, but he should get a fair shot in Indianapolis as a backup.
Safety Christian Bryant
Selected by: St. Louis Rams, No. 241 overall
Bryant was the second safety the Rams picked in the draft after choosing Utah State's Mo Alexander in the fourth round. Basically Bryant will be brought in as a depth piece and will have to stand out on special teams. Still, he'll have to press Alexander.
The following Ohio State players also signed undrafted free agent contracts or were invited to minicamps: Safety C.J. Barnett (Giants), kicker Drew Basil (Falcons), wide receiver Chris Fields (Redskins) and guard Andrew Norwell (Panthers)