KANSAS CITY, Missouri (WCMH) — Two former Ohio State offensive linemen will stay in the Buckeye state after being selected by the Cleveland Browns on the third day of the NFL Draft.
Offensive tackle Dawand Jones was taken 111th overall by the Browns while center Luke Wypler was picked 190th overall.
At 6’8″ 359 pounds, Jones is the biggest prospect in this year’s draft and started two years at right tackle for the Buckeyes blocking for No. 2 overall pick C.J. Stroud. Jones is the second tackle drafted from Ohio State after the Cardinals selected Paris Johnson Jr. 6th overall.
The law firm of Jones and Johnson Jr. helped Ohio State allow the fewest quarterback pressures in the nation last season. Jones impressed coach Ryan Day so much that the Buckeyes moved Thayer Munford from right tackle to guard to start Jones at the tackle spot. Munford was drafted in the 7th round by the Las Vegas Raiders last year and played all 17 games.
Jones will now compete for a spot in the main roster in Cleveland to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 2023 NFL schedule will be released in May.
Meanwhile, Wypler was also a two-year starter at Ohio State serving as C.J. Stroud’s center from his very first game against Minnesota. Wypler was rated as the highest-rated center by Pro Football Focus but fell to the sixth round where the Browns snagged him.