NFL scouts flocked to Minneapolis to watch Ohio State’s season opener.
A total of 31 representatives from 21 different NFL teams have seats in the press box at Huntington Bank Stadium for the Buckeyes’ season opener in Minnesota Thursday night.
The San Francisco 49ers lead the way with five reps in attendance, while the New York Giants are expected to have three reps in the press box and the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans will each have two. .
Other teams that will have representatives at the game include the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Washington football team, the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.
It’s no surprise that Thursday night’s game draws such a large contingent of NFL scouts, given that it’s the biggest game of the night and the first chance to watch Ohio State this season after the NFL scouts’ trip to games was limited by COVID-19 last season.
The Buckeyes, of course, are full of players who could be 2022 NFL draft prospects, including wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, defensive ends Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith, offensive linemen Thayer Munford and Nicholas. Petit-Frere, tight end Jeremy Ruckert, defensive tackle Haskell Garrett and defensive backs Sevyn Banks and Josh Proctor.
Minnesota also has a strong group of players who are expected to catch the eye of NFL scouts on Thursday night, including running back Mohamed Ibrahim, an offensive line full of seniors including huge right tackle Daniel Faalele, defensive end Boye. Mafe and quarterback Tanner Morgan, among others.