Mel Kiper's first NFL mock draft of 2023 has three Ohio State players in first round

Now that the college football season is getting further and further in the rearview mirror ,

(and no that object is not closer than it appears), the focus turns to the NFL playoffs and then the 2023 NFL draft.

That is quickly approaching with just the conference championship games and the Super Bowl to go,

so get ready for the inundation of draft coverage through April when all the real shenanigans go down in Kansas City.

One of the most followed draft gurus is none other than ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. For him,

there is no offseason when it comes to the draft, but once the year turns,

his efforts crank up from medium to medium-high on the gas burner.

And so it is here in late January. Kiper just updated his first-round 2023 NFL draft projections

(subscription required) and has three Ohio State players mentioned after staring into his crystal ball.

Here are the Buckeyes he has forecast to go in the first 31 picks and where he thinks they will land.