Ohio State 2022 live draft tracker: Which Buckeyes have been picked?

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch

The NFL draft began with a bit of activity for Ohio State on Thursday night.

For the sixth time in seven years, the program saw multiple players picked in the first round.

But it ultimately wasn't as deep as its previous draft classes. The six Buckeyes selected were the fewest since 2015.

The Dispatch kept track below of the players who came off the board over the past few days.

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Wide receiver Garrett Wilson, 10th overall

Wilson broke Ohio State’s decade-plus receiver drought.

When he was drafted by the New York Jets, Wilson became the Buckeyes’ first receiver taken in the first round since Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez went No. 9 and No. 32 overall in 2007.

His selection is expected to help out quarterback Zach Wilson, who was nabbed by the franchise with the No. 2 overall pick last April and is coming off an up-and-down rookie season.

Wide receiver Chris Olave, 11th overall

Olave heard his name called right after his former teammate. 

The New Orleans Saints traded up to take Olave, sending its No. 16 overall pick and third and fourth-rounders in a deal to the Washington Commanders.

Olave will be paired alongside Michael Thomas, an All-Pro receiver who also once starred at Ohio State.  

Offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, 69th overall

Petit-Frere was the first off the board from Ohio State during the second night of the draft.

Five picks into the start of the third round, he went to Tennessee, joining another former Buckeye in Mike Vrabel, who is entering his fifth season as the Titans' coach.

It's possible that Petit-Frere will line up either left or right tackle, having started at both spots the last two seasons at Ohio State.

Tight end Jeremy Ruckert, 101st overall

It is a homecoming for Ruckert.

A Long Island native who grew up rooting for the New York Jets, he was picked by his favorite childhood team late in the third round

Ruckert was the fourth tight end to be drafted after three others went earlier Friday. 

Defensive end Tyreke Smith, 158th overall

Smith was the Buckeyes' first defensive player to be drafted when he was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round.

Seattle plans to move him from defensive end to a standup outside linebacker role in new coordinator Clint Hurtt's 3-4 scheme.

It was the first time since 2012 that Ohio State had only one defender picked.

Offensive lineman Thayer Munford, 238th overall

Munford followed Petit-Frere as the Buckeyes' second offensive lineman to be drafted when he was taken by the Las Vegas Raiders in the seventh round.

When the pick was announced on ESPN, Munford was referenced as an offensive tackle. He started at left tackle for three seasons at Ohio State, he but also moved to left guard last fall, giving him some positional versatility. 

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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