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Three Former Ohio State Players Sign Undrafted Free Agent Deals

Former Buckeyes Cam Johnston, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson sign as undrafted free agents.

Three former Ohio State football players did not get drafted in this year’s NFL draft, but they have all signed with teams as undrafted free agents. Former Buckeye punter Cam Johnston signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, former Buckeye wide receiver Corey Smith signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and former Buckeye H-back Dontre Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. 

Johnston will be competing with 14-year veteran Donnie Jones for the Eagles’ punting duties. As a senior in 2016, Johnston was the Big Ten Conference’s Eddleman-Fields punter of the year when he ranked fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten with a 46.7-yard average. The Australian led the conference in punting three out of his four seasons with Ohio State. He also set school records for punts inside the 20 for a career (109) and season (31 in 2015). Johnston’s career average of 44.9 yards per punt is second in Ohio State history only to Andy Groom’s 45.0 mark set from 2001-02. 

Smith joins a receiving corps in Cincinnati that features A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and 2017 draftee John Ross, to name a few. Smith, a transfer from East Mississippi Community College, caught 31 passes for 351 yards in his career at Ohio State. He only played in four-plus games in the 2015 season before suffering a broken leg. Smith missed time last season as well with a hand injury. 

The Akron native’s best year as a Buckeye was in 2014, when the team won the national title. Smith had 20 receptions for 255 yards while also playing a key role on special teams that season. 

Wilson, who has experience as a running back and wide receiver, is listed on the Chargers’ roster as a wideout. He will be joining a position group that contains players such as Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Wilson will also reunite with former OSU teammates Joey Bosa and Joshua Perry. The two were drafted by the Chargers in last year’s draft.

Wilson finished his career as a Buckeye with 77 receptions for 925 yards and 10 touchdowns. The DeSoto, Texas, native suffered a foot injury during his sophomore season and sat out the rest of the year. That same foot gave him troubles throughout the rest of his career. Wilson did manage, however, to end his senior campaign with 27 receptions for 352 yards and five scores.

Though he was not signed as an undrafted free agent, former Buckeye linebacker Craig Fada earned a training camp invite from Houston. Fada, who came to Ohio State as a walk-on, saw limited action during his time as a Buckeye but was an integral part in OSU's linebacker room.   

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