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Ohio State's Senior Bowl Participants Had to Work Their Way Up to Becoming Starters for the Buckeyes, Which Helped Prepare Them for the NFL

MOBILE, Alabama – The five NFL draft prospects from Ohio State who are playing in Saturday’s Senior Bowl weren’t immediate college football superstars.

Unlike J.K. Dobbins, who started for the Buckeyes from the first game of his freshman year, or Chase Young and Jeff Okudah, five-star recruits who were projected to be future superstars from the time they stepped on campus, each of the five Buckeyes in Mobile, Alabama this week needed time to develop and overcome their share of ups and downs before they became impact players at Ohio State.

None of them are likely to be first-round picks in April’s NFL draft, either, which means they’ll face steeper competition than Young, Okudah and Dobbins to maintain their spots on NFL rosters and climb their way up depth charts.