By The Numbers: Ohio State's NFL 2011 Draft

Another NFL draft is in the books, and has run the numbers to find some you might not know about how it went down from an Ohio State perspective. We counted total selections by position in the past 10 years, looked back at previous picks by teams teams that tabbed Buckeyes this year and much more.

Zero Ohio State offensive players were drafted for the third time in Jim Tressel's 10-year tenure as head coach. It happened for the second consecutive year. The other occurrence? 2003.

Tressel has coached 14 first-round picks at Ohio State, including four wide receivers, three linebackers, three defensive backs, two defensive linemen, one running back and one offensive lineman.

Ohio's two NFL teams have only selected two Buckeyes in the past 10 years. The Cleveland Browns made both picks, snagging tight end Darnell Sanders in the fourth round in 2002 and wide receiver Brian Robiskie in the second round in 2009. The Cincinnati Bengals have not picked a Buckeye since drafting defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson No. 1 overall and fullback Jeff Cothran in the third round in 1994. There have been 108 Buckeyes drafted since Cothran.

An NFL record-tying six defensive ends were picked in the first round of the 2011 draft, including former Buckeye Cameron Heyward. The first time six defensive ends were chosen was 1992 with a group including former Buckeye Alonzo Spellman, who went No. 22 to the Chicago Bears.

Chimdi Chekwa is the eighth player selected by the Raiders franchise since it joined the NFL. The first was safety Jack Tatum in the first round in 1971, and the most recent was defensive lineman Jay Richardson (fifth round, 2007).

The Rams and Saints are tied with most Ohio State draftees in the past 10 years with eight apiece.

Ross Homan is the 10th Buckeye selected by the Minnesota Vikings all time and the first since Dustin Fox (defensive back, No. 16 in third round, 2005). The first Buckeye picked by Vikings was running back Leo Hayden (No. 24 in first round, 1971).

Chekwa is the 12th Ohio State player to start at cornerback and be drafted in the past 17 years, beginning with Marlon Kerner in 1995.

The positions to produce the most Ohio State draftees in the Tressel era are linebacker and defensive back with 15 apiece. Next is offensive line (9), wide receiver and defensive line (8), running back (4), quarterback and tight end (2) and fullback, kicker and punter (1).

First-round pick Cameron Heyward is the 19th Ohio State player selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last was fellow defensive lineman and former teammate Doug Worthington with the 35th pick of seventh round in 2010. The first was end Jack Dugger with the first pick of second round in 1945.

Sixth-round pick Brian Rolle is the 22nd Buckeye picked by the Eagles franchise. The most recent was defensive back Kurt Coleman (No. 37 in seventh round, 2010). The first was halfback Jim McDonald (No. 2 in first round, 1938).

Fifth-round pick Jermale Hines is the 25 Ohio State player to be selected by the Rams' franchise dating back to their beginning in Cleveland. The last Buckeye selected by Rams was linebacker James Laurinaitis (No. 3 in second round, 2009). The first was guard Innwood Smith (10th pick of fifth round, 1937).

Ohio State has had 66 draftees from Tressel's 10 teams. The picks have leaned heavily toward the defense with 38 picks from that side of the ball.

Ohio State has 78 players drafted since 2000, a total tied with USC for most in the nation.

With 399 all-time draftees, Ohio State is third in history. The Buckeyes trail USC (477) and Notre Dame (467).

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