Ohio State’s second-day NFL draft wannabes had to wait a little longer than expected, but when the calls came, they came in a rush for defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard, and linebacker Jerome Baker, and each had an interesting tie.

Lewis was taken with the last pick of round two by the Indianapolis Colts.

“It means everything to me to get that call,” Lewis said from his family’s home outside Tarboro, North Carolina. “I grew up an Indianapolis Colts fans, watching Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Now I am a Colt.”

Baker, who left with a year of eligibility remaining, was taken by the Miami Dolphins with the ninth pick in round three. That means he will be reunited with former Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was a first-round pick of the Dolphins last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

And Hubbard? He was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals, just a few miles down the road from where he grew up and played for Cincinnati Moeller High School. He was the 13th pick of the third round, the 77th overall, and though he left with a year of eligibility remaining, he already had earned his degree, as did Lewis.

“It’s a dream come true,” Hubbard said. “I never imagined things would go this way, getting to stay home and represent Cincinnati like I’ve tried to do my whole life. Like I said, it’s a dream come true, and I’m going to give this city everything I’ve got.”

Hubbard joins Ohio State teammate and center Billy Price, who was the Bengals’ first-round pick on Thursday. Whether they have their eye on any other Buckeyes for the final four rounds of the draft on Saturday remains to be seen.

But the having dreams realized thing is the major part of the romance of the draft. Lewis’ mother, Tyronda Whitaker, would attest to that. She hosted her son, close family and friends for a draft-watch party at her home on Friday, and bedlam ensued when his name was called.

“There is no greater joy than seeing your child live his dream,” Whitaker said. “You know about all of the hard work, all of the effort, all of the blood and sweat that went into it. And you look back at all of the sacrifices that not only he made but we made as a family, and to see it come to fruition in this way, it’s a beautiful thing.

“I am happy, and I couldn’t be more happy for him and more proud.”

Lewis is a two-time Ohio State captain and Big Ten defensive lineman of the year.

Baker said going into the draft that despite leading the Buckeyes with 72 tackles last season, he knew he didn’t play “to my standard. My standard is pretty high.”

But he also knew his speed and explosiveness made him tantalizing to NFL teams, and the Dolphins bit.

“They always say they can see the potential,” Baker said. “I’m pretty much a raw player. I have so much technique to learn and so many things to learn. My ceiling is high. You can’t teach speed and you can’t teach instincts and you can see I definitely have those.”