July 29, 2020

Buckeyes in the NFL – 2020 Training Camp


As the sun shines on a season of NFL football needed like never before, 63 former Buckeyes take to training camp. Below is a division-by-division breakdown of the league’s freshest faces and who’s playing in new places.

AFC East

Miami never disputed the idea that 2019 was a rebuilding year, meaning its budding stars got plenty of chances to build a reputation. The LB duo of Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan did exactly that, combining for almost 200 tackles – 126 for Baker (which led the team) and 72 for McMillan (which ranked fourth). The two report to Dolphins camp as undisputed leaders at the core of a young defense. Meanwhile, rookie TE Rashod Berry joins Tom Brady-less New England after signing with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent.

Photo courtesy of miamidolphins.com
Photo courtesy of miamidolphins.com







Miami Dolphins
Jerome Baker (2015-17)
Raekwon McMillan (2014-16)

New England Patriots
Rashod Berry (2015-19)
John Simon (2009-12)

AFC North

Last season, Baltimore was one of a few NFL teams free of former Buckeyes. After failing to win a playoff game as the highest AFC seed, the Ravens drafted a pair of First-Team All-B1G talents – RB J.K. Dobbins and LB Malik Harrison. In Cincinnati, three Buckeyes-turned-Bengals will report to camp alongside two of the team’s newest additions – SAF Vonn Bell, a free-agent signing from New Orleans coming off the best season of his career, and OL Isaiah Prince, who started a pair of games in Miami last year. OL Malcolm Pridgeon will appear in a Browns uniform for the first time, and QB J.T. Barrett still supplies the Steelers with much-needed depth at his position.




Baltimore Ravens
J.K. Dobbins (2017-19)
Malik Harrison (2016-19)

Cincinnati Bengals
Vonn Bell (2013-15)
Sam Hubbard (2015-17)
Michael Jordan (2016-18)
Billy Price (2014-17)
Isaiah Prince (2015-18)

Cleveland Browns
Malcolm Pridgeon (2017-18)
Denzel Ward (2015-17)

Pittsburgh Steelers
Cameron Heyward (2007-10)
Ryan Shazier (2011-13)

AFC South

WR Parris Campbell hits the camp scene excited for his sophomore season in Indianapolis, where he played seven games and caught his first career touchdown a year ago. SAF Malik Hooker is three years into his Colts career and coming off a 51-tackle, three-turnover season on the back-end of a strong defense. Jacksonville addressed that side of the ball this offseason, and now seven defensive rookies set to enter camp. One of which is DL Davon Hamilton, the only Buckeye rookie in this division. As for Houston, CB Gareon Conley enters what could be his first full season in a Texans uniform, and could complete an all-Buckeye CB unit with Bradley Roby on the other side.

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Photo courtesy of colts.com






Indianapolis Colts
Parris Campbell (2015-18)
Malik Hooker (2015-16)
Tyquan Lewis (2014-17)

Jacksonville Jaguars
Davon Hamilton (2015-19)
Andrew Norwell (2010-13)

Houston Texans
Gareon Conley (2014-16)
Bradley Roby (2011-13)

AFC West

Denver drafted with an emphasis on skill positions to surround its young QB with weapons, and also continued to invest in the TE position by adding former Buckeye Nick Vannett to the mix. A record-setter at Ohio State, WR K.J. Hill became a steal after he slid to a seventh-round selection by the Chargers. The 19th-overall pick, CB Damon Arnette became the eighth first-round Buckeye defensive backs since 2014. Did someone say BIA? Arnette joins the Raiders for their inaugural season in Sin City alongside LS Liam McCullough, who signed on as an undrafted free agent.








Denver Broncos
Dre'Mont Jones (2015-18)
Nick Vannett (2012-15)

Los Angeles Chargers
Joey Bosa (2013-15)
K.J. Hill (2015-19)

Las Vegas Raiders
Damon Arnette (2015-19)
Johnathan Hankins (2010-12)
Liam McCullough (2015-19)
Rod Smith (2011-14)

NFC East

Longtime Patriot SAF Nate Ebner joined the Giants in free agency, a good resource for rookie WR’s Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack. The two pass catchers signed with New York as undrafted free agents. While the name of Washington’s pro football team is now uncertain, three facts about it are not – QB Dwayne Haskins is slotted as the starter, WR Terry McLaurin appears to be one of the league’s most productive young stars, and DL Chase Young is primed to prove he’s the best player in the NFL’s entire rookie class.

Photo courtesy of washingtonfootball.com
Photo courtesy of washingtonfootball.com





Dallas Cowboys
Noah Brown (2014-16)
Ezekiel Elliott (2013-15)
Devin Smith (2011-14)

New York Giants
Nate Ebner (2009-11)
Austin Mack (2016-19)
Binjimen Victor (2016-19)

Philadelphia Eagles
Cameron Johnston (2013-16)

Washington Football Team
Marcus Baugh (2014-17)
Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (2016-18)
Terry McLaurin (2015-18)
Chase Young (2017-19)

NFC North

Additions in this division include a 13-year veteran and three rookies. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. fills the role of the former, joining Chicago after the team scooped up the speedster in free agency. The Bears are the sixth team Ginn has joined as a pro. As for the rookies, Detroit nabbed all three of them in this year’s draft, using the full weekend to make it happen. Third-overall selection Jeff Okudah became the highest-drafted CB in more than 20 years. Single-season standout OL Jonah Jackson joins fellow Buckeye Taylor Decker in the trenches. DL Jashon Cornell will also have his hand in the Ford Field turf after the Lions made him their seventh round choice and final pick in the draft.





Chicago Bears
Ted Ginn, Jr. (2004-06)

Detroit Lions
Jashon Cornell (2015-19)
Taylor Decker (2012-15)
Jonah Jackson (2019)
Jeff Okudah (2017-19)

Green Bay Packers
Corey Linsley (2010-13)

Minnesota Vikings
Pat Elflein (2013-16)
Jalyn Holmes (2014-17)

NFC South

One of five former Buckeyes on the Saints last season, and one of three in the Saints’ secondary, CB Eli Apple recently signed a deal with Carolina. With seven rookies entering Panthers camp on the defensive side, Apple, entering his fifth NFL season, provides some pro experience for his new head coach, who’s entering his first pro season. On the offensive side, OL Branden Bowen joins Carolina as an undrafted free agent. Now back to New Orleans, where SAF Malcolm Jenkins returns for a sixth season after spending the last five in Philly. The veteran won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009, his rookie year. Jenkins has a lot left in the tank after an impressive statistical season, and has a lot to give a squad who sees its Super Bowl window still wide open.



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Carolina Panthers
Eli Apple (2013-15)
Branden Bowen (2015-19)
Curtis Samuel (2014-16)

New Orleans Saints
Malcolm Jenkins (2005-08)
Marshon Lattimore (2015-16)
Michael Thomas (2012-15)

Atlanta Falcons
Kendall Sheffield (2017-18)

NFC West

Another late-round rookie is heading to the City of Angels. SAF Jordan Fuller, a three-year starter and two-time captain in Scarlet and Gray, gets his chance in Rams camp after the team chose him in the sixth round. Fuller also gets the pleasure of meeting RB Carlos Hyde twice a year now that Hyde is back in the division, this time a part of the Seahawks. After he was drafted by and played four years with San Francisco, Hyde spent the last two years between three different teams. Eventually, he gained footing in Houston and producing the first 1,000-yard season of his career. In Seattle, Hyde becomes the third member of a talented rock-toting trio, an excellent scenario to carry last year’s momentum into his seventh NFL season.





Arizona Cardinals
Johnnie Dixon (2014-18)

Los Angeles Rams
Jordan Fuller (2016-19)
Jake McQuaide (2008-10)

San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa (2016-18)

Seattle Seahawks
Carlos Hyde (2010-13)
Jamarco Jones (2014-17)