Isaiah Prince has been a staple on the Ohio State offensive line over the past four years, playing in all 54 games since 2015. He started at right tackle for three straight seasons for the Buckeyes, including 2018, for which he was also honored as a team captain.
After four years in Columbus, on the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft, Prince found out where he would next be suiting up, as he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 202nd pick in the sixth round.Last fall, Prince was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, following his third-team honor in 2017. At 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, Prince is a large body on the line, and is known for his quick and strong initial burst in both run and pass blocking.
However, as any Buckeye fan can tell you, he has had an issue with being flagged for penalties, especially false starts. However, if he can get that curbed in the NFL, he should be able to be a solid backup at tackle. The Miami Dolphins selected former Ohio State offensive tackle Isaiah Prince in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. Prince was taken with the 203rd overall pick.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Prince, a native of Greenbelt, Md., played in all 54 games for Ohio State over the past four seasons. He was a blue chip prospect recruited out of Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
Prince started the last 40 games of his OSU career at right tackle. He was one of six OSU captains in 2018. He had been projected anywhere from the second to the fourth round in NFL draft projections.
Ohio State had quite the showing at the 2019 NFL Draft, and ended the event having two players selected in the final two rounds.
Offensive lineman Isaiah Prince and running back Mike Weber were picked in the sixth and seventh rounds of the draft on Saturday evening, respectively. Prince was taken by the Miami Dolphins at No. 202 in the sixth round. In the seventh round, Weber was the 218th pick by the Dallas Cowboys.
Prince has a ton of experience along the offensive line, playing in all 54 games during his career with the Buckeyes, finishing his time in Columbus with 41 total starts. He was a first-team All-B1G selection in 2018 and earned third-team honors in 2017.Weber came up 46 yards shy of eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in 2018, which would’ve marked the second time in his career. He finished the season with 954 yards and five touchdowns, helping the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a B1G title.
In three seasons with Ohio State, Weber racked up 2,676 yards and 24 touchdowns.With Prince and Weber getting drafted, Ohio State finished this year with nine players selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. That total was the highest in the B1G.Isaiah Prince remembered the bitter feeling and the pit in his stomach very vividly.
As Prince and his Buckeye teammates walked off the Ross-Ade Stadium field in West Lafayette, Ind., last Oct. 20, it looked like a deleted scene from “The Walking Dead.’’
Ohio State arrived at Purdue with a 7-0 record and the 3-3 Boilermakers didn’t figure to be a big challenge to the big dogs of the Big Ten. Even when the hosts raced to a 14-3 halftime lead, it barely registered a ripple on the college football radar screen.
But the Boilermakers weren’t to be denied, scoring 35 second-half points and ruining the Buckeyes undefeated dreams and ultimately a spot in the College Football Playoffs.“We feel like we should dominate the Big Ten every year,’’ said Prince, when asked about his team’s mind-set going into the Michigan game, which at the time boasted a 10-1 record and one of the best defenses in the land. “We definitely had a chip on our shoulder, especially with [the Wolverines] talking a lot about us and us [hearing] a lot of criticism. We took that very personally, especially after never losing to them. That’s a rivalry game, the best rivalry in college football. That’s when you see the best in players.’’
Though the Patriots are set at the tackle spot with starters Marcus Cannon on the right and Isaiah Wynn projected to slide on the left side for the departed Trent Brown, the team is looking to replenish its depth chart and Prince is one of a number of attractive mid-round candidates that could fit the bill.