April 27, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Miami Dolphins selected Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker with the 73rd overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Friday night.
From Cleveland, Baker was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes who elected to bypass his fourth and final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. A true junior in 2017, Baker played in 33 games and started 25 times. Baker led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2017 with 72 total stops, and he finished his career 158 tackles. Included was 17.5 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks. He also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups. He was second on the team in tackles in 2016 with 83 total stops.
Baker made big plays in big games: he returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma in 2016. He had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin in 2016. He had a then-career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10, in the 2016 win over Michigan. And he had a career-high 16 tackles in the 2017 Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin.
Honors & Awards
2017: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches & media)