Defensive end Sam Hubbard’s long wait Friday night ended with a call from right down the road. The Cincinnati Bengals took him in the third round of the NFL draft.

Hubbard, who went to Cincinnati Moeller, became the 77th overall pick in the draft and fifth taken from Ohio State, including the third taken Friday night.

Hubbard had left Ohio State with a year of eligibility remaining, but he didn’t leave empty-handed. A fourth-year junior in the 2017 season, he earned his business degree in December.

Some draft analysts last summer considered Hubbard to be late first-round material if he had left then. In the meantime, several other prospects in the defensive end realm jumped ahead of him as 2017 ensued.

Yet he took the plunge. Headed into the draft Hubbard said he considered himself to be “an athletic guy who can do a lot of things.”

He showed continual growth as a defensive during his time in college, according to Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson. That’s easy to understand, because he originally committed to Notre Dame to play lacrosse. He changed his mind when OSU coach Urban Meyer offered him a scholarship after seeing him play dodgeball during a gym class at Moeller.


The 16 Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2018 NFL draft, and those who were picked:

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