While DaVon Hamilton toiled down on the depth chart as an underclassman at Ohio State, he wondered if his NFL dreams would materialize.


He admitted as much when he spoke with reporters at the combine in February.


"Coming in to any school, that’s kind of every kid’s goal," Hamilton said. "You’re going to play college football but you want to get to the NFL. Did I imagine myself being at this level? Probably not."


He will get his shot in the NFL. After a breakout senior season as the Buckeyes’ starting nose tackle, Hamilton was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday with the 73rd overall pick of the league’s draft.


He is the second highest-drafted defensive tackle from Ohio State since 2013.


The 6-foot-4 and 320-pound lineman gives Jacksonville a key presence in the middle of its defensive line.


A Pickerington native, Hamilton provided Ohio State with a cog on their defensive line, looking to stuff opposing running backs, but also assisted with their pass rush, pushing through gaps between the center and guards.


Hamilton finished with six sacks last fall, second most on the team behind Chase Young, the Buckeyes' star pass-rushing defensive end who was taken by his hometown Washington Redskins with the second overall pick of the draft on Thursday.


It was not until he was in his fourth season at Ohio State in 2018 until he started his first career game.


Hamilton was an overlooked recruit out of Pickerington Central High School, originally committed to Kentucky before flipping to Ohio State soon after they won the national championship following the 2014 season.


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