It's A Record: See Where The Buckeyes Were Drafted

Ohio State had a record 14 players chosen in a seven-round National Football League draft this weekend. That broke the mark of 11 Miami (Fla.) players chosen two years ago. Click this free link to see where OSU's outgoing stars will begin their professional careers.

Ohio State's 14 players selected in this year's NFL draft shattered the old mark of 11, set by Miami (Fla.) in 2002, in a seven-round draft. Here is where these former Buckeye stars are headed:

 

DE Will Smith (ROUND 1, PICK 18 - NEW ORLEANS)

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 267 pounds; Hometown -- Utica, N.Y.

Pick Analysis - It was a bit of a surprise for New Orleans to pass on a cornerback, but Smith may simply have been the best player on the board. He was rated as a top ten player by some. Smith will join ex-Buckeyes LeCharles Bentley and Cie Grant in New Orleans. Expect him to be an early contributor, a possible double-digit sack performer and someone who can start in the NFL for many years.

* OSU Highlights -- Won first-team All-Big Ten honors and was selected as the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 … also named to first-team berths on the Walter Camp and Football Coaches All-America teams … was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end in college football … also a semi-finalists for the Lombardi Award … wound up the year with 49 total tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks … both of the latter totals paced the team and were second in the Big Ten … concluded his career with 46.5 tackles for loss and 23 sacks, totals that rank him fifth and fourth, respectively, in the OSU records book … played in all 51 games during his career, starting 36 of those contests, including the last 19 … seven tackles in the win over Purdue was his top effort as a senior … career high in tackles was nine in the 2002 Outback Bowl … had eight stops, including a pair of early tackles for loss, in the Buckeyes win over Miami in the 2002 national championship game.

CB Chris Gamble (ROUND 1, PICK 28, CAROLINA)

Pick Analysis: Carolina traded up from 31 and selected Gamble. His stock was hurt a bit in recent weeks, but he stayed in the first round. He will likely need time to develop before grabbing a CB spot, but everyone knows the ability is there.

* Height, Weight -- 6-2, 196 pounds; Hometown -- Sunrise, Fla.

* OSU Highlights -- Opted to leave Ohio State at the end of his junior year in 2003 and pursue his dream of playing in the National Football League … began his career as a wide receiver, but became a two-way starter midway through the Buckeyes' national championship year in 2002 and started the final six games of the season at both cornerback and flanker … concentrated almost exclusively on defense in 2003 but did see some action at flanker … also returned punts and kicks … wound up his senior year with 41 tackles and three interceptions on defense and three receptions on offense … had a career-high eight tackles as a senior in the win over North Carolina State … 31 receptions as a junior, including a career-high six in a win over Kent State … 24 tackles as a junior … also had four interceptions in 2002, each and everyone a dramatic "game saver" for the Buckeyes … 57-yard reception against Miami in the 2002 national title game was the longest aerial of the year for the Buckeyes … co-MVP as a junior.

WR Michael Jenkins (ROUND 1, PICK 29 - ATLANTA)

* Height, Weight -- 6-5, 217 pounds; Hometown -- Tampa, Fla.

Pick Analysis - Like Gamble, a team traded up to get an OSU player. Michael Jenkins was projected as many to go in the early second round, but he became the third Buckeye to get picked in Round One. Jenkins will now be catching passes from Michael Vick. Many felt he was an underrated prospect, and in any other year, he may have gone higher since this year was so deep at WR. Look for him to compliment Peerless Price well in Atlanta.

* OSU Highlights -- Clutch receiver who was selected by his teammates as co-captain and team MVP as a senior … wound up the year with a career-high 55 receptions for 834 yards and seven touchdowns … averaged 64.2 yards per game and 15.2 yards per catch in 2003 … closed out his career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yardage with 2,898 yards on 165 receptions … the latter total ranks him third in school annals behind David Boston (191) and Cris Carter (168) … caught at least one pass in every game his senior year and wound up his career with receptions in 39 consecutive games … three 100-yard games as a senior, giving him 10 during his career … nine receptions for 132 yards at Michigan were season highs and the former total represents a career high … top yardage figure was 172 yards at Penn State in 2001 … also had 152 yards in the 2002 Outback Bowl.

DE Darrion Scott (ROUND 3, PICK 88 - Minnesota)

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 274 pounds; Hometown -- Charleston, W.Va.

* OSU Highlights -- Three-year starter for the Buckeyes … started 11 games as a senior, missing the Northwestern and Wisconsin games with a sprained ankle …36 tackles as a senior, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks … moved from end to tackle as a senior, helping to offset the loss of graduated Kenny Peterson and make room for Simon Fraser at the end spot opposite All-American Will Smith …six tackles at Penn State and five against both Michigan State and Michigan were his top efforts in 2003 … had two tackles for loss and a forced fumble against North Carolina State … 48 career games includes 33 career starts … won first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior.

DT Tim Anderson (ROUND 3, PICK 74 - BUFFALO)

* Height, Weight -- 6-4, 307 pounds; Hometown -- Clyde, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Buckeyes … had his best season in 2003 and won first-team All-Big Ten honors … finished his senior campaign with a career-high 45 tackles … was third on the team in tackles for loss with 11.5 and had 3.5 sacks … also recovered a pair of fumbles … top game in terms of tackles was seven at Wisconsin … had a monster game against North Carolina State, recording three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks … top career game was eight tackles against Michigan in 2001 … selected as a 2003 co-captain … played in 33 games during his career and had 34 starts, including 20-consecutive starts at the end of his career … his gesture of sportsmanship following Ohio State's win over Miami in the 2002 National Championship game at the Fiesta Bowl earned him national recognition.

S Will Allen (ROUND 4, PICK 111 - TAMPA BAY)

* Height, Weight -- 6-1, 202 pounds; Hometown -- Dayton, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Saved his best for last winning All-Big Ten and All-America honors as a senior in 2003, his first year as a starter … finished the season with 83 tackles – a personal best and the second highest total on the team …made a number of big plays during the early part of the season, most notably a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win over San Diego State and a jarring hit just shy of the goal line in the North Carolina State game that enabled the Buckeyes to down visiting North Carolina State 44-38 in three overtimes. The latter hit came on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line … also had a career high 14 tackles at Michigan … was named to a first-team berth on the Walter Camp, Football Writers and the Associated Press All-America teams … played in a total of 50 games during his career … was the nickel back as a junior and had one start … selected by his teammates as the most inspirational player of 2003.

TE Ben Hartsock (ROUND 3, PICK 68 - INDIANAPOLIS)

* Height, Weight -- 6-4, 263 pounds; Hometown -- Chillicothe, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Started all 13 games as a senior and was a rock at tight end … had his best year as a receiver, hauling in 33 receptions for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns … won first-team All-Big Ten laurels in 2003 … had at least one reception in every game but San Diego State and Kansas State as a senior and was the team's second leading receiver behind talented split end Michael Jenkins … his reception total was the most by an OSU tight end since 1983 … top game was seven catches against North Carolina State … also had 65 yards in receiving yardage against the Wolfpack … longest catch of the year was 20 yards against Michigan State, which equaled his career high … 51 games and and 32 career starts … nominated for Academic All-American and recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following the 2003 season.

OG Adrien Clarke (ROUND 7, PICK 227 - PHILADELPHIA)

* Height, Weight -- 6-5, 309 pounds; Hometown -- Shaker Heights, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Started all 13 games at left guard as a senior, giving him 43 career starts (31 at guard and 12 at tackle) … appeared in a total of 50 games … played tackle as a redshirt sophomore in 2000 and started the last 10 games of the season … started the first two games at tackle the following year, but then moved to guard and basically finished his career at that position … named Offensive Lineman of the Week four times as a senior.

WR Drew Carter (ROUND 5, PICK 163 - CAROLINA)

* Height, Weight -- 6-4, 202 pounds; Hometown -- Solon, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Speedy receiver who started the first eight games of the season before injuring a knee at Indiana and missing the rest of the season … was clearly in the midst of his best year before being hurt, hauling in 25 receptions for 410 yards and a touchdown before going down at IU … had 16 career receptions prior to 2003 in a career that was plagued by an assortment of injuries … one of the fastest players on the team … top games were six receptions against North Carolina State and six more against Iowa … had 95 yards in receiving in the latter contest … lone TD grab was against Bowling Green.

OT Shane Olivea (ROUND 7, PICK 209 - SAN DIEGO)

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 306 pounds; Hometown -- Cedarhurst, N.Y.

* OSU Highlights -- Started all 13 games as a senior … named to a second-team spot on the All-Big Ten team … selected by the OSU coaching staff as the offensive lineman of the week following the Iowa and Penn State games … played a team leading 368 minutes as a senior … played in a total of 41 games during his career, starting 35 of those contests … also won second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior … began 2001 as a likely starter at guard, but was moved to tackle prior to the start of the season and became a fixture there during the next three years … is a diehard New York Yankees fan.

OL Alex Stepanovich (ROUND 4, PICK 100 - ARIZONA)

* Height, Weight -- 6-4, 300 pounds; Hometown -- Berea, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Began the 2003 season as one of college football's most highly regarded centers and wound up the year as one of the best guards in the Big Ten … started the first three games at center, but suffered a high ankle sprain on the last play of the first half of the North Carolina State game … missed the next two games (Bowling Green and Northwestern) and then saw limited action the following week at Wisconsin before returning to the starting lineup at guard against Iowa, a move made possible by the emergence of sophomore Nick Mangold at center … was the regular right guard from that point on, starting the final seven games and winning first-team All-Big Ten honors … wound up his career with 26 career starts – 16 at center and 10 at guard.

P B.J. Sander (ROUND 3, PICK 87 - GREEN BAY)

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 212 pounds; Hometown -- Cincinnati, Ohio

* OSU Highlights -- Enjoyed a brilliant senior year … stepped in for graduated All-American Andy Groom and responded by winning the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top collegiate punter, becoming the first Ohio State punter to win that award …also a first-team All-Big Ten pick … wound up the year averaging 43.3 yards per punt on 82 punts … led the nation in punts downed inside the 20 with 39 … also had 16 punts that were fair caught …led the Big Ten and was fourth nationally in net punting … set an Ohio State single-season record for punting yardage in 2003 with 3,553 yards … averaged 49.1 yards per punt on nine punts at Michigan .. also had a tremendous game against Purdue, downing seven of his 10 punts inside the 20, with five of those coming to rest inside the 5-yard line … was the Big Ten Player of the Week following the Purdue and Penn State games … also the holder on placements … long punt of the year was 68 yards against San Diego State.

LB Robert Reynolds (ROUND 5, PICK 165 - TENNESSEE)

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 251 pounds; Hometown -- Bowling Green, Ky.

* OSU Highlights -- Started 12 of the Buckeyes' 13 games as a senior … easily had his best year, finishing the 2003 campaign with 81 total tackles, the third highest total on the team … was the Buckeyes' leading tackler in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl with 10 total stops, including seven solo hits … closed out his career with 162 total tackles, 102 of which were solos … had 9 tackles for loss as a senior, giving him 15.5 career TFL … 12 tackles at Wisconsin was his top effort as a senior … 50 career games and 27 career starts … was the starting long snapper as a freshman and by the end of the season had worked his way into the two deep at linebacker … a key reserve behind Courtland Bullard in 2001, he started all 14 games as a junior in 2002 on the Buckeyes' national championship team.

QB Craig Krenzel (ROUND 5, PICK 148 - CHICAGO)

* Height, Weight -- 6-4, 228 pounds; Hometown -- Sterling Heights, Mich.

* OSU Highlights -- Led the Buckeyes to a 24-3 record, a Big Ten title, a pair of victories in BCS games and a national championship during his two years as a starter … heady player who somehow willed the team to win, often in the face of incredible odds … was the offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl in both 2003 and 2004 (the 2002 and 2003 seasons) …led both teams in rushing in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl … team co-captain as a senior …had nine 200-yard passing games during his career, including seven as a senior … top game in 2003 was 273 yards and four touchdowns against North Carolina State … in that game, he threw for touchdowns in each of the three overtime sessions despite playing with what was later determined to be a hyper-extended elbow … also ran for a touchdown in the win over N.C. State … a standout student, he was selected to a first-team spot on the Academic All-America team and then named Academic All-America of the Year … He also received a National Football Foundation Scholarship and was the 2003 Draddy Award winner, which goes to the best of the best at the NFF awards banquet … also an NCAA Top VIII Scholar-Athlete … a pre-med major.

OL Bryce Bishop

* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 312 pounds; Hometown -- Miami, Fla.

* OSU Highlights -- Three-year letterman for the Buckeyes … played in 38 games and had 32 career starts … played in all 13 games in 2003, starting the first six at right guard and then becoming the backup on both sides … logged a total of 222 minutes his senior year … started all 14 games as a junior in 2002 when the Buckeyes posted an unbeaten record and captured the national championship … also started all 12 games in 2001.


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