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Ohio State Buckeyes prospects: Hankins tops intriguing group

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Undefeated Ohio State is sitting out the bowl season due to NCAA sanctions, but head coach Urban Meyer's first season in Columbus saw the Buckeyes return to national prominence. It also coincided with several prospects gaining more attention from NFL scouts.

NFLDraftScout.com currently has eight draft-eligible Buckeyes rated for the 2013 class, and analysts Dane Brugler and Rob Rang have been busy breaking down Ohio State's class.

The clear-cut top prospect is defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is NFLDrafscout.com's No. 9 overall prospect after declaring on Monday that he would leave the Buckeyes a year early. Only a three-star recruit out of high school, Hankins worked his way into a certain first-round pick in April with surprising versatility for a big man and by rarely coming off the field.

Defensive end John Simon could hear his name called early on Day Two, and the Buckeyes have several other prospects who could sneak into the middle rounds with good showings during the pre-draft process.

Click on the profiles to read NDS' latest analysis on each prospect. (*denotes underclassmen)

*DT Johnathan Hankins (No. 9 overall, No. 2 DT, Projected 1st round)
DE John Simon (52, 8, 2nd round)
OLB Etienne Sabino (190, 20, 5-6th round)
TE Jake Stoneburner (208, 10, 6th round)
CB Travis Howard (236, 28, 7th round)
FB Zach Boren (248, 4, 7th round)
*FS C.J. Barnett (260, 14, 7th round-FA)
OLB Nathan Williams (338, 30, 7th round-FA)
OT Reid Fragel (395, 30, Free Agent)
SS Orhian Johnson (419, 16, Free Agent)
DT Garrett Goebel (461, 35, Free Agent)

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