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NFL Draft Projections: Could Rodarius Williams Be a First-Round Pick?

A look at where former OSU players are projected in this year’s draft.



#DraftSZN is upon us.

While a handful of NFL teams are still fighting for that ultimate postseason prize, the rest of the league is looking toward the spring hopeful to gain the ultimate preseason prize — the next big thing to come out of the NFL Draft.

A lot will change in the minds of NFL brass and talent evaluators before Draft Night on April 29. And this year, due to the current pandemic, things are even more uncertain.

The Senior Bowl is still set to take place, but the other major pre-draft exhibitions have all either been cancelled or will look vastly different. Even the fate of the NFL Draft Combine is somewhat in the air.

But none of that will stop talking heads from making their predictions (nor us from gobbling them up). So let’s take an updated look at where some of them have a handful of OSU players going.

Rodarius a First-Rounder?

Walter Football’s latest mock has Rodarius Williams going No. 16 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. That’s the highest I’ve seen him on any draft board and a steady climb from a previous projection when the same site tabbed him as a second-rounder back in Dec. If that pans out it would make Williams only the third OSU cornerback to be taken in the first round, joining Justin Gilbert and R.W. McQuarters.

Here’s the complete rundown from the Walter Football mock.

No. 16: Rodarius Williams (Arizona Cardinals)
No. 64: Teven Jenkins (Kansas City Chiefs)
No. 74: Chuba Hubbard (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Walter Football also has OSU offensive tackle Teven Jenkins going No. 64 in second round to the Kansas City Chiefs and Chuba Hubbard going a round later at 74th to the Jaguars.

Pro Football Network

No. 58: Tylan Wallace (Baltimore Ravens)
No. 73: Teven Jenkins (Carolina Panthers)
No. 93: Rodarius Williams (Green Bay Packers)

Pro Football Network’s three-round mock has Tylan Wallace joining Dez Bryant and Justice Hill in Baltimore, predicting a late second round pick to the Ravens. (A different mock from Pro Football Network has Tylan going 70th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.)

It also has Teven Jenkins going a round later to the Panthers. Maybe he can learn pass-protection (and financial) tips from Russell Okung.

This projection also has Rodarius Williams going late in the third to the Packers.

The Draft Network

No. 84: Teven Jenkins (LA Rams)
No. 87: Tylan Wallace (Tennessee Titans)

One Draft Network contributor has Teven Jenkins as the first Poke off the board to the Rams at No. 84 in the third with Tylan Wallace just three picks later to the Titans.

No. 53: Teven Jenkins (Los Angeles Rams)
No. 90: Rodarius Williams (New York Jets)

Another recent mock from the website has Jenkins taken (also by the Rams) but with the 53rd pick and Rodarius Williams drafted by the Jets at No. 90 in the third round.

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