Curtis Samuel, Raekwon McMillan and Pat Elflein all selected on Day 2
And four defensive backs selected over the past two seasons, three of them CBs
Team will head to Arizona for PlayStation Fiesta Bowl with 14 graduates on the roster
Lewis, McMillan, Hooker, Lattimore and Johnston garner first-team honors
Ohio State meets Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal
The Buckeyes travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins.
The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' first road game of the season at Oklahoma.
2017 NFL Draft: Gareon was was selected in the first round by the Oakland Raiders with the 24t overall pick of the draft … he was the third defensive back out of Ohio State taken in the first round, tying the 2002 Miami Hurricanes for most DBs ever selected in one round … he is also a part of four Ohio State cornerbacks who have been first-round draft picks in the past four years (Bradley Roby No. 1 to Denver in 2014; Eli Apple No. 1 to NY Giants in 2016; and Marshon Lattimore No. 1 to New Orleans Saints in 2017 are the others).
Ohio State Overview: Conley was named second-team all-Big Ten by league's coaches in 2016 ... played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback ... team captain who ranked second on squad in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career ... also had eight pass break-ups in 2016 and 15 for his career ... named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2015 ... totaled 91 career tackles and had one season of eligibility remaining.
2016 Season (Junior): All-Big Ten second team pick by the coaches and a third team selection by the media ... third on the team with three INTs ... made the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter in the win at Michigan State ... recorded two tackles and one PBU in the 77-10 win over Bowling Green ... three tackles and one INT in the win over Tulsa ... recorded two PBUs in the win over Indiana ... three tackles and an INT in the win at Wisconsin... made six tackles and recorded one interception in the Fiesta Bowl.
2015 Season (Sophomore): Conley started all 13 games at cornerback and earned honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference honors … he finished eighth on the team with 49 tackles and second with two interceptions … he also recorded five pass break-ups and blocked a punt vs. Rutgers … stood out in Ohio State’s biggest games, with a career-high (and team-best) eight tackles vs. Virginia Tech, seven vs. Penn State, five solo tackles vs. Michigan and a career-high (and team-best) seven solo stops against Notre Dame … recorded his first career interception vs. Hawai’i and also had two PBUs that game … also had an interception in the Rutgers game.
2014 Season (Freshman): Conley played in all 15 games for the 2014 College Football Playoff national champions ... accumulated 386 plays, including 160 snaps on defense as a cornerback ... contributed significantly on special teams ... finished the year with 16 tackles and two pass break-ups ... had personal bests of three solo tackles in the wins over Illinois and Michigan State.
More on Gareon: Conley was the No. 1 player in Ohio as a senior (ESPN 150) and a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state selection … also earned consensus four-star status (ESPN, Scout, 247Sports, Rivals) … the No. 43 overall prospect nationally by ESPN and the No. 14 cornerback prospect (247Sports) … played in the Under Armour All-American game … as a senior Conley, who was coached by Jason Hall at Washington, caught 50 passes, averaged 21.9 yards per catch and scored 16 touchdowns, while on defense he had 13 pass break-ups, an interception and 25 tackles … Washington was 11-2 during Conley’s senior season and advanced to the regional finals … recorded four interceptions and 30 tackles as a junior … Washington is also the alma mater of Buckeye receiving great Devin Smith … Gareon is the son of Sherry Robinson and Jameel & Angel Conley.
CONLEY'S DEFENSIVE STATS
Draft Day: Denzel Ward