As an Ohio State Alum, I fully relate to the craze that arises every year near Draft Day. You know what I'm talking about. Every story on ESPN is about who they believe is going to be the number 1 draft pick that year. Hoping that their player will get drafted and their little interview will be seen on a big scale, local news stations interview any candidate for the draft that grew up in the local area. We all eat it up, because at the end of the day, these young men were just college students trying to make a name for themselves in a difficult sport, and now they're going to get paid millions of dollars for their hard work. It's one variation of the American Dream. Plus, if you get paid to play a sport, there's a good chance fame will come along with it. However, some college football players were making headlines before the draft day even arrived. Some for positive reasons, and others... well, not so much.
Take a look at my list of some of the top draft picks for this 2016 NFL season, and remember their names because I bet it's not the last you see of them.
10 Ronnie Stanley - OL - Baltimore Ravens
9 Jalen Ramsey - DB - Jacksonville Jaguars
8 Eli Apple - CB - New York Giants
7 Jared Goff - QB - LA Rams
6 Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
5 Leonard Floyd - LB - Chicago Bears
4 Joey Bosa - DE - San Diego Chargers
3 Laremy Tunsil - OT - Miami Dolphins
For an entirely different reason than Eli Apple, Laremy Tunsil was also a main focus on social media right as the draft started. Unfortunately for Laremy, at that point he probably would have wanted his mom to help defend his honor. Laremy Tunsil’s name was thrown around right before the draft when a video appeared on his personal Twitter account of the star athlete smoking out of a bong. He was unaware said video was posted (according to his own account of the incident) and had to watch as his expectations of being in the top few draft picks slid farther and farther away. On the upside, the Miami Dolphins came to their senses and invited him to join their team not too far into the draft, a move that Laremy probably didn’t expect but now probably really admires.
2 Deforest Buckner - DE - San Francisco 49ers
1 Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Buckeye fans will all remember Ezekiel Elliott as the happy-go-lucky guy who tried to catch confetti in his mouth on National TV after winning the National Championship. He is also the young man who lost a football game and blamed the horrible loss on poor play calling by his coach, Urban Meyer. We all make mistakes, but that isn’t a great look for anybody. You’re supposed to stand by your coach’s decisions and publicly be a team player. Ezekiel has enough of a fan base, due in large part to how well he pulls off a crop top, that this wasn’t a major set back. He officially signed to the Dallas Cowboys for a very hefty amount of money. Let’s see what else the goofy, amazingly talented Ezekiel Elliott has in store for us.
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