Ninth consecutive draft with at least five selections – Ohio State Buckeyes


Columbus, Ohio –The 2022 NFL Draft ended early Saturday night, but not before two more Ohio State Buckeyes were selected, bringing the program’s total to six selections in that draft. This is the ninth straight draft in which Ohio State has at least five players drafted.

A true senior and 41-game veteran, Tyreke Smith was the fifth Buckeye drafted this year, advancing to the fifth round with the 158th overall pick, against the Seattle Seahawks.

And selected in the seventh round was All-American offensive lineman and 45-game starter Thayer Munford, who went to the Las Vegas Raiders with the 238th overall pick.

Ohio State University 2022 NFL Draft Pick

Round 1 – WR Garrett Wilson, No. 10 overall New York Jets

Round 1 – WR Chris Olave, No. 11 overall New Orleans Saints

Round 3 – OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, No. 69 overall for the Tennessee Titans

Round 3 – TE Jeremy Ruckert, No. 101 overall New York Jets

Round 5 – DE Tyreke Smith, No. 158 overall for the Seattle Seahawks

Round 7 – OL Thayer Munford, No. 238 overall Las Vegas Raiders

Tyreke Smith – Ohio State Preview

#11 / DE / 6-3, 265 / Cleveland / Cleveland Heights HS

  • Tyreke Smith played 41 games for the Buckeyes and started 17 times between 2018 and 2021
  • Was part of three consecutive Big Ten championship teams and two Ohio State teams that qualified for the college football playoffs, including the title game in 2021
  • Recorded 55 career tackles with 11 tackles for losses totaling 61 yards and seven quarterback sacks
  • Was also credited with nine quarterback rushes
  • Had a personal-best five tackles in consecutive games against Penn State and Nebraska in 2021
  • Played seven games in the Covid-derailed 2020 season and had his best performance in CFP’s semi-final win over Clemson: two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and a defended pass
  • Played 11 games as a true sophomore in 2019 and started four times
  • Had one game with multiple sacks (2) against Maryland in 2019
  • Earned significant playing time along a deep and skilled defensive line rotation as a true freshman in 2018

Honors and Awards

2021: Graduated in December with his diploma in sports industry; OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten; Second Team All-Big Ten Conference

2020: OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten

2019: OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten

2018: OSU Scholar-Athlete

Thayer Munford – Ohio State Preview

#75 / OL / 6-6, 321 / Cincinnati / Massillon Washington HS

  • Recipient in 2021 of the team’s Block “O” jersey for tenacity, responsibility and the highest character, like the great Bill Willis
  • team captain 2021
  • A 2021 first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and a four-time Big Ten conference winner, including first-team honors in 2020 and 2021
  • A four-year starter along Ohio State’s offensive line with 45 career starts and 58 games played between 2017 and 2021, including a fifth-year “super senior” campaign in 2021
  • Started 12 games in 2021 after starting seven games in Covid-destroyed 2020 with 13 starts in 2018 and 2019
  • On the field for at least 700 games in 2018, 2019 and 2021
  • Elected to return to Ohio State in 2021 to complete his degree in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • Played on a Big Ten-record four consecutive Big Ten Championship teams between 2017 and 2020 and was part of two college football playoff teams
  • Helped the Ohio State offense to 11 top-5 national statistical rankings, including #1 nationally in 2021 for total offense and scoring offense
  • With Munford helping to lead the way, JK Dobbins became the first running back in school history to go over 2,000 yards in a season during the 2019 campaign.

Honors and Awards

2021: Graduated in August with her degree in Human Development and Family Science; First Team All-American (AFCA); First Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)

2020: First Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)

2019: All-Big Ten Second Team (Coaches and Media)

2018: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches and Media)

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