Marshon Lattimore had to overcome persistent hamstring issues.

Malik Hooker couldn’t work out for NFL teams because of postseason surgery.

Gareon Conley’s apparent rise up draft boards was threatened by a rape accusation.

Yet when the first round of the NFL draft ended on Thursday night, all three Ohio State players had new homes.

Lattimore, a cornerback, was taken by the New Orleans Saints with the 11th pick. Indianapolis selected Hooker, a safety, 15th and Oakland took cornerback Conley at No. 24.

It was the first time since the University of Miami did it in 2002 that three defensive backs from the same school were taken in the first round.

Lattimore and Hooker were considered likely top-10 picks — possibly even top five — before Thursday. But this draft was considered more unpredictable than most, and an unexpected run of quarterbacks early helped push defensive players down.

“Malik is a guy who we never thought would be there (at 15),” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

Conley’s status was the biggest mystery of draft day. He had been considered a likely mid-first-round pick until it surfaced that a woman had accused him of raping her in a Cleveland hotel on April 9.

Conley was not arrested and no charges have been filed. He emphatically declared his innocence in a statement released on Wednesday. A source told The Dispatch that Conley volunteered on Thursday to take a polygraph test and that he passed it.’s Adam Schefter reported that at least 24 teams called Conley in the two days before the draft to discuss the accusation. Still, there were questions about whether a team would invest a first-round pick in a player with such an accusation still unresolved.

The Raiders answered it.

Conley was a two-year starter for Ohio State, which made him a grizzled veteran compared to Lattimore and Hooker.

Hamstring injuries ruined Lattimore’s first two years at Ohio State. But once he got healthy in 2016, he made up for lost time. Big Ten coaches voted him first-team all-conference.

Lattimore intercepted four passes, and according to Pro Football Focus, opponents completed only 18 of 41 passes thrown to receivers he covered. He surrendered only one touchdown.

“He’s an incredibly explosive athlete,” Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said last week. “It’s not just running straight line, but coming out of breaks. When he transitions with a route he can really, really stick to people because of his explosion, and then he’s got incredible ball skills.”

Like Lattimore, Hooker seized his opportunity to start in 2016. He set the Ohio State season and career records of interceptions returned for a touchdown with three, all coming last season. He showed safety skills that Schiano said reminded him of former perennial Pro Bowler Ed Reed, whom Schiano coached while defensive coordinator at the University of Miami in the late 1990s.

But he had sports hernia and hip labrum surgery after Ohio State’s season, which prevented him from doing on-field workouts out for NFL teams before the draft.

That might have caused a minor slide on draft night, but Hooker wasn’t too upset.

“When I saw the Indianapolis area code pop up, I got excited because the Colts used to be my favorite team growing up,” Hooker told reporters in Indianapolis.

Both Lattimore and Hooker will have several former Buckeyes on their teams. Hooker will join ex-Buckeyes Johnathan Hankins, Jack Mewhort and John Simon in Indianapolis.

The Saints have safety Vonn Bell, receiver Michael Thomas, tight end Jake Stoneburner and fellow Glenville product Ted Ginn Jr.

Lattimore competed against Thomas in practices at Ohio State during his injury-ruined seasons.

“Right now, I’ll win,” he told Saints reporters. “I was a little freshman back then, but I’m a grown man now. So we’re gonna go at it.”

That attitude doesn’t surprise Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs.

“I would say the thing that makes them special is they’re incredibly competitive,” he said of Lattimore and Conley. “It doesn’t matter what the exercise is. When we play one-on-ones against our wide receivers, they’re not going to let them catch the ball.

“It’s the same thing we experienced with Eli (Apple) and Michael Thomas butting heads every day and not letting the other get the advantage. That is part (OSU’s) culture and part innate.”