The three best NFL Draft Picks in Ohio State football history

With new Ohio State football players about to realize their dreams of playing in the NFL, we take a look at the three best Ohio State draft picks in history.

Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Orlando Pace watches warm-ups prior to the NCAA football game
Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Orlando Pace watches warm-ups prior to the NCAA football game / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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1. Orlando Pace

It's hard to be as good of a college prospect than Orlando Pace was coming from the Ohio State football program. The Buckeyes had a Heisman campaign built around him because he was so good. He was an offensive lineman that won the Big Ten MVP.

Pace has a long list of accolades from his time with the Buckeyes. He won the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award (twice), the UPI Lineman of the Year, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and was a two-time Unanimous All-American. Because of all that, he was going to be the first pick of the 1997 NFL Draft.

Pace was indeed the first overall pick and was selected by the Rams. It's harder for a first-overall pick to pan out much better than he did. He made the Pro Bowl seven times, was named Second-team All-Pro twice, and was named First-team All-Pro three times.

The Rams used him to block for Kurt Warner's blindside and that helped the team win the Super Bowl. When you want a franchise left tackle, he's the poster boy for what you want. He's in both the College and the Pro Football Hall of Fame so he literally couldn't have done much better.

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Pace continues to be one of the most talented Ohio State football players in history even all these years later. He last played football in 2009 and people still talk about what a physical freak he was. He's one of the best to ever do it and is clearly the best Ohio State draft pick ever.