9 more OSU gridders go to the NFL
Everybody knows all about the college football players who were selected last week in the NFL draft -especially since it seemed like the process went on forever this year.
But how about those other not-highly-bandied-about names who weren’t drafted, but either signed on afterwards as free agents or were invitees to team mini-camps.
While Ohio State had six draftees, nine more Buckeye gridders were added to NFL rosters later via the latter two routes.
They were safety C.J. Barnett with the New York Giants, kicker Drew Basil with the Atlanta Falcons, wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown with the Carolina Panthers, defensive back Corey “Pitt” Brown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Chris Fields with the Washington Redskins, quarterback Kenny Guiton with the Buffalo Bills, running back Jordan Hall with the Steelers, and offensive guards Marcus Hall with the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Norwell with the Panthers
To me, it’ll be interesting to see how these after-draft OSU add-ons will do, now that they’re actually in the NFL, which obviously for some of them will mean “not for long,” as former Houston Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville once berated an official with. That official ironically is now NBC’s reffing consultant.
But I’m sure there will be others who will last, or at least linger on, in the NFL.
After all, former Buckeye offensive linemen Alex Boone, Jim Cordle and Mike Brewster, tight ends Jake Ballard and Jake Stoneburner, and wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher have been able to stick in NFL after not getting drafted in recent years.
I’m especially intrigued, though, by Guiton, the Buckeyes’ outstanding backup QB who really got to display his talents the past two years. He was supposedly sought by a number of NFL teams before deciding on Buffalo.
And with the addition of three more ex-Buckeyes, including first-round pick in linebacker Ryan Shazier, the Steelers now sport seven former OSU footballers on their roster right now.
More Ohio State/2014 NFL draft notes: The Buckeyes increased their total of first-round NFL draft picks to 69, second most among all schools, and have had 51 players overall taken in the last 10 years.
Ohio State with 411 is one of only three schools – USC and Notre Dame being the others – to have at least 400 NFL draft picks.
The six selections this year give OSU 28 drafts with at least five players chosen, led by 14 in 2004, 13 in 1975 and 1971, 11 in 1976 and 9 in 2006.
There were 8 in 2007, 2002, 1999, 1995, 1988, 1981 and 1974; 7 in 2009, 1997 and 1984; 6 in 2014, 2001, 2000, 1978, 1972 and 1952; and 5 in 2011, 2003, 1994, 1987, 1977, 1973 and 1955.
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