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Buckeyes dot early NFL draft prospect list

<p>Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Tyvis Powell (23) and linebacker Darron Lee (43) celebrates a sack against the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. <br> </p>

Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes safety Tyvis Powell (23) and linebacker Darron Lee (43) celebrates a sack against the Oregon Ducks in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium.

Ohio State's chances of dominating the NFL draft this spring have already been well-documented, but the first release of top prospects by one prominent draft evaluator show just how dominant.

Mike Mayock's top five by position published by NFL.com includes a Buckeye at nearly every spot.

Ezekiel Elliott is Mayock's No. 1 running back (ahead of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry) while Michael Thomas is the No. 3 receiver.

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Nick Vannett is the No. 4 tight end with Taylor Decker fourth among offensive tackles.

Joey Bosa not surprisingly tops the edge rushers, where former Buckeye Noah Spence is No. 2. Spence finished his career at Eastern Kentucky after the Big Ten suspended him for multiple violations of its drug policy.

Darron Lee is Mayock's fourth linebacker while Eli Apple is the No. 4 cornerback and Vonn Bell is second among safeties.

The No. 5 safety is Duke's Jeremy Cash, another former Ohio State player who transferred.

The exceptions are quarterback, where Cardale Jones is outside Mayock's top five but enters the draft process as something of an enigma, and the interior line positions on each side of the ball.