Ohio State could have two former quarterbacks (Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller) drafted in the same year, something that perhaps surprisingly has some precedent. In 1971, the Baltimore Colts chose Rex Kern and the Chicago Bears took Ron Maciejowski. Kern ended up spending four years in the NFL as a defensive back. After being released by the Bears and then the Bengals a year later, Maciejowski went into sales, where he started out making more money than he would have in the NFL at that time.
Ohio State’s record for players taken in the first round in one year is five. That was set in 2005 (A.J. Hawk, Donte Whitner, Bobby Carpenter, Santonio Holmes, Nick Mangold). Miami (Fla.) set the record for most players from one school in the first round with six in 2004.
So far Jim Tressel’s last recruiting class at Ohio State (2011) has had six players drafted. Since 1988, five Ohio State recruiting classes have had seven or more draftees: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
The 2013 recruiting class is looking to make a big mark in the draft beginning this year and likely continuing over the next couple. It will need to have 12 players drafted to match the most by an OSU class since since 1988. The current record belongs to the 2002 group, which edged the ’98 class by one.
Ohio State set the record for players chosen from one school in a seven-round draft with 14 in 2004. Ohio State also had double-figure draft picks in 1957 (11), 1971 (13), 1975 (13), and 1976 (11) when the draft had more rounds. Texas holds the record for most players drafted in any single year with 17 in 1984.
Ohio State has had 16 quarterbacks drafted all time, although that includes multiple players who spent most or all of their time in the NFL at other positions (if they played in the league at all). The last QB picked was Terrelle Pryor, who went in the supplemental draft in 2011. The last taken in a spring draft was Troy Smith, who went to Baltimore in the fifth round in 2007.
A total of 25 teams have picked at least one Buckeye in the draft. The Browns lead the way with 32, although Cleveland hasn’t taken a player from Ohio State since it chose hometown receiver Brian Robiskie in 2009. Rounding out the top five are the Bears (30), Rams (27), Packers (24) and Eagles (23). The Rams played in Cleveland from 1936-45.
Since the AFL-NFL merger, Ohio State has had more defensive backs drafted than any other position with 53. Second is linebacker with 48 followed by wide receiver (37), running back (33), offensive tackle (22), defensive end (15), offensive guard (14), quarterback (14), defensive tackle (11), tight end (11) and center (9).
Ohio State is third in the nation with 56 first-round picks during the common era (since 1967). USC is No. 1 with 68 picks while Miami (Fla.) has had 58. The next Big Ten team on the list is Michigan with 34.
So far, 60 Tressel signees have been drafted from Ohio State with a handful eligible to add to that number in 2016.
Ohio State has had 70 first-round picks all time beginning with halfback Jim McDonald, who was the No. 2 overall pick in 1938 when he was chosen by the Eagles.
Ohio State has had 418 players drafted all time.