COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University’s rich NFL Draft history, and specifically its tradition of first-round selections, was on the receiving end of great news Thursday evening as two more Buckeyes – wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave – were selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, which is being held along the world famous Strip in Las Vegas.
Wilson, a three-year performer for the Buckeyes who caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns, was selected with the 10th overall pick of the draft by the New York Jets.
Olave, a team captain in 2021 and who set the school record with 35 touchdown receptions in addition to ranking third in Ohio State history in receptions with 176 and fifth in receiving yards with 2,711, was selected with the very next pick after Wilson went to the Jets, going No. 11 overall in the first round to the New Orleans Saints.
Remarkably, Jamison Williams, who spent two years in the wide receiver room at Ohio State with Wilson and Olave before transferring to Alabama for the 2021 season, was the 12th pick of the draft, by Detroit.
No. 1 in No. 1s
The All-American duo of Wilson and Olave – each was a first-team All-American this year – are the ninth and 10th Ohio State wide receivers to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Their respective selections keep Ohio State’s all-time lead in overall first-round NFL Draft picks intact. The Buckeyes have 87 first-round draft picks with USC second with 83 and Alabama third with 76.
In addition, Ohio State has now tied LSU for the most wide receivers drafted since 2000 with 22 apiece.
Ohio State WRs Drafted in the First-Round
2022 – Garrett Wilson, No. 10 overall to NY Jets
2022 – Chris Olave, No. 11 overall to New Orleans
2007 – Ted Ginn, No. 7 overall to Miami
2007 – Anthony Gonzalez, No. 32 overall to Indianapolis
2006 – Santonio Holmes, No. 25 overall to Pittsburgh
2004 – Michael Jenkins, No. 29 overall to Atlanta
1999 – David Boston, No. 8 overall to Arizona
1996 – Terry Glenn, No. 7 overall to New England
1995 – Joey Galloway, No. 8 overall to Seattle
1964 – Paul Warfield, No. 11 overall to Cleveland
Most First-Round NFL Draft Picks
87 – Ohio State
84 – USC
76 – Alabama
70 – Notre Dame
67 – Miami
Most WRs Drafted – Since 2000
22 – Ohio State
22 – LSU
19 – Florida
18 – USC
16 – Clemson
Most Since 2000
Ohio State continues to set the standard in terms of most NFL Draft picks this century, or since 2000, with 153 total selections. Alabama is second with 139 picks and LSU is third with 134.
Most NFL Draft Picks since 2000
153 – Ohio State
139 – Alabama
134 – LSU
130 – Georgia
126 – Florida
123 – Miami
119 – USC
115 – Florida State
106 – Oklahoma
103 – Michigan
101 – Notre Dame
Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft will take place Friday with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. Start time each day is 7 p.m. Friday and 12 noon on Saturday.