Ohio State had six players chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft, including a pair of first-rounders after only having a total of one first-rounder in the previous four drafts combined.
The draft marks the end of the line for the 2009 recruiting class, which became the second Ohio State recruiting class since 1999 to produce zero first-round picks, joining the ’08 class. Both of those were rated top five classes by Scout.com. The ’09 class, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation, can brag of more overall draft picks (six — Reid Fragel, Carlos Hyde, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Jonathan Newsome and John Simon) than the ’08 class (Mike Adams, DeVier Posey, Terrelle Pryor), which was ranked No. 4.
Newsome, a four-star recruit from Cleveland Glenville, transferred to Ball State and as near as I can tell is only the second player to sign with Ohio State since 1987, transfer out and still get drafted. Brandon Underwood is the other. Underwood signed in 2004 and finished his career as a Cincinnati Bearcat. That is out of 75 players.
The 2010 and ’11 classes are already assured of avoiding the fate of the two groups that immediately preceded them as they were represented respectively this year by Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier.
Here’s a rundown of all of the picks:
Ryan Shazier, 15th pick of the 1st round, by the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Shazier is the 21st Buckeye picked by Steelers and the fifth in the past five years.
- Last: Mike Adams, 24th pick of the second round (56th overall). Other recents: Cameron Heyward, Thaddeus Gibson and Doug Worthington. Four of the five play on the defensive side of the ball, where former Ohio State star halfback Dick LeBeau is the long-time coordinator. First: Jack Dugger, end, 1st pick of second round in 1945.
- He is the 48th linebacker from Ohio State chosen in the common era (1967-present). Last: Brian Rolle, Eagles, 6th round, 2011. First: Nick Roman, Bengals, 10th round 1970.
- He is the ninth Ohio State linebacker picked in the first round and the first since A.J. Hawk went to the Packers 5th overall in 2006. First: Rick Middleton, who went 13th overall to the Saints. The Broncos picked Randy Gradishar one pick later.
- Shazier is the first player drafted from Jim Tressel’s last recruiting class, signed in 2011 and ranked No. 3 in the nation. He was the 13th Tressel Ohio State signee to be picked in the first round (Bradly Roby later became No. 14).
Bradley Roby, 31st pick of the 1st round, by the Denver Broncos
- Roby is the eighth Buckeye drafted by the Broncos. Last: Maurice Clarett, RB, third round, 2005. First: Mike Current, OT, third round, 1967.
- Roby is the 14th Ohio State cornerback drafted in the past 20 drafts (1995-present).
- He is the 30th OSU CB drafted in the common era (1967-present) but the first since Chimdi Chekwa (Raiders, fourth round, 2011) and only the second in the past five years. First: Ted Provost, seventh round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1970.
- Roby is the ninth first-round CB from Ohio State and the first since Malcolm Jenkins went 14th to the Saints in 2009. Jenkins ended up being a pro safety, meaning one could argue the last true first-round corner from Ohio State was Chris Gamble, who went 28th overall to the Panthers in 2004. First: Neil Colzie, 24th overall to the Raiders in 1975.
Carlos Hyde, 25th pick of the second round (57th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers
- Hyde is the ninth player selected by the 49ers. Last: Larry Grant, LB, seventh pick of the seventh round (214 overall) in 2008. First: Dick Guy, seventh pick of the 18th round (212 overall) in 1957.
- Hyde is the 33rd OSU running back or fullback drafted in the common era. Last: Dan Herron, 21st pick of sixth round, 191 overall, to the Cincinnati Bengals. First: Jim Otis, 10th pick in ninth round, 1970, New Orleans Saints.
Jack Mewhort, 27th pick of the second round (59th overall) by the Indianapolis Colts
- Mewhort is the 19th Ohio State player selected by the Colts. Last: Quinn Pitcock, DL, third round, 98 overall, 2007. First: Joe Canavino, RB, fourth round, 185 overall, 1957.
- Mewhort is the 22nd Ohio State offensive tackle selected in common era. Last: Reid Fragel, 40th pick of seventh round (No. 247 overall) in 2013 by the Bengals. First: Mike Current, fifth pick of third round in 1967 by the Broncos.
Corey Linsley, 21st pick of the fifth round (161 overall) by the Green Bay Packers
- Linsley is the 24th Ohio State player selected by the Packers. Last: A.J. Hawk, LB, first round, fifth overall, 2006. First: Esco Sarkkinen, end, fifth round, 39 overall, 1940
- He is the ninth Ohio State center selected in common draft era. Last: Doug Datish, 24th pick of sixth round (No. 198 overall) in 2007 by the Atlanta Falcons. First: Tom DeLeone, second pick of fifth round (106 overall) in 1972 by the Bengals
Linsley and Mewhort make eight Ohio State offensive linemen drafted in the past 10 drafts.
Christian Bryant, 26th pick of the seventh round (241 overall) by the St. Louis Rams
- Bryant is the 26th Ohio State player drafted by the Rams, who began play in Cleveland in 1937. Last: Jermale Hines, safety, 5th round, 2011. First: Guard Innwood Smith, 10th pick of fifth round, 1937.
- He is the 52nd defensive back chosen in the common era and the 25th safety. Last safety: Nate Ebner, 5th round, New England Patriots, 2012. First safety: Mike Sensibaugh, 1971, by the Chiefs.