Pryor Tops Spring Draft Selections

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was too tempting to pass up for the Scarlet team when they won the first pick of the 2010 spring draft. Pryor's selection was not a shocker, but there were a couple of surprises when the Scarlet and Gray seniors picked from the rest the Buckeyes to form their squads for Saturday's spring game.

The first pick of the 2010 spring draft may not have been a surprise, but there were a couple of eyebrow-raisers when the Ohio State coaching staff and team seniors divided up to form the Scarlet and Gray squads Wednesday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, representing the Scarlet seniors, tabbed Terrelle Pryor as the top pick of the draft. The seniors were previously assigned to either the Scarlet or Gray squads, and those seniors – along with their team's assistant coaches – opened a position and picked a player. The other team then picked a player from that position and the teams alternated selections until all of the players at that position have been drafted. Then the other team opened the next position and the teams do that until all of the players were chosen.

Scarlet won the coin toss prior to the draft and its group debated its decision for roughly half a minute before Sanzenbacher made it official.

"We're taking TP," Sanzenbacher said, referring to the junior signalcaller.

The first surprise of the afternoon came next. Gray representative Chimdi Chekwa told "commissioner" Jim Tressel that his team was taking third-string quarterback Kenny Guiton instead of backup Joe Bauserman. The Scarlet scooped up the former minor-league pitcher, leaving walk-on Justin Siems for the Gray.

Whether Pryor will be live on Saturday has not been decided. Tressel said he did not expect to put Pryor in a black no-contact jersey but said Pryor may not be full go.

The selection of Guiton ahead of Bauserman didn't surprise Tressel, who will be neutral this Saturday.

"Nothing surprises you when guys that are 20 years old are picking, but nothing surprises you when those 50-year-olds are picking this coming weekend in the NFL draft (either)," Tressel said. "People have their opinions and their buddies and that kind of thing."

Guiton's selection was not the only one that may not have gone the way many had predicted. The first offensive tackle taken was not starting right tackle J.B. Shugarts. Instead, Scarlet selected Mike Adams, who has split time at first-team left tackle with senior Andrew Miller. Miller was assigned to Gray.

Before the draft began, head athletic trainer Doug Calland listed the players out for Saturday's spring game. Tailback Jaamal Berry was not listed among the five who were no cleared to play, but his injury in last weekend's jersey scrimmage may have hurt his spring draft stock. Berry was the fifth out of six tailbacks selected. He joined Brandon Saine (assigned), Dan "Boom" Herron (the first tailback selected) and Carlos Hyde on the Gray squad. Jordan Hall, Jermil Martin and Bo DeLande make up the Scarlet tailbacks.

Other picks of interest included Dominic Clarke's selection as the first cornerback taken ahead of Donnie Evege, who has worked with the first team this spring when Chekwa was limited by injury. Nate Oliver was the first safety taken by the Gray ahead of first-teamer Orhian Johnson, and tight end Nic DiLillo was selected as the fourth tight end behind Jake Stoneburner, Reid Fragel and walk-on Spencer Smith.

Unlike previous years, neither team had any trade offers and both sides sounded happy with their selections. Also missing was the light-hearted taunting players have done in the past while comparing rosters. The lone example of gamesmanship came from Sanzenbacher when Tressel had him offer a short comment following the draft.

"I think looking at the board we've had a pretty good draft," Sanzenbacher said. "We're excited to see what's going to happen.

"We can't guarantee victory, but we'll see. Our board speaks for itself."

The seniors in attendance also donned the special jerseys they will wear on Saturday. Both the scarlet and gray tops have pink numbers. Each jersey will be auctioned after the game with proceeds going to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for breast cancer research.

Finally, Tressel announced that longtime Coldwater football coach John Reed will be the honorary coach for the Scarlet, a team that features three former Cavaliers in Ross Homan, Adam Homan and Tony Harlamert.

The full rundown of the draft is as follows:
Scarlet wins toss, picks first position and player.
QB – Pryor (S), Guiton (G), Bauserman (S), Siems (G).
C – Brewster (G), Linsley (S), Mewhort (G).
DT – Simon (S), Goebel (G), Bellamy (S), Blankenship (G), Lorenz (S), Britt (G).
S – Oliver (G), Johnson (S), Domicone (G), Barnett (S), Wood (G), Ebner (S), Petrella (G).
TE – Stoneburner (S), Fragel (G), S. Smith (S), DiLillo (G), Corkery (S).
WR – Posey (G), Fields (S), Cech (G), Jackson (S), Roark (G).
OT – Adams (S), Shugarts (G), M. Hall (S), Longo (G).
DE/Leo – Williams (G), Thomas (S), Fellows (G), Wells (S), St. Smith (G), McCary (S), Green (G).
CB – Clarke (S), Evege (G), Brown (S), Rice (G), Mathew (S).
SLB – Sabino (G), Newsome (S), Jackson (G), Maxwell (S), Bain (G).
WLB – Bells (S), Hastings (G).
FB – Z. Boren (G), Georgiades (S).
MLB – Klein (S), Whiting (G).
TB – Herron (G), J. Hall (S), Hyde (G), Martin (S), Berry (G), DeLande (S).
P – Buchanan (S), Erwin (G).
KO – Basil (G).
LS – Makridis (S), Dornbrook (G).
Injured, but drafted: Howard (G), Sweat (S).

Assigned Seniors:
Scarlet – WR: Schwartz, Hummel, Sanzenbacher, Harlamert; OG: C. Smith, Browning. OT: Kerr. C: Sika. FB: A. Homan (Not a senior, but assigned). K: Barlcay. DE: Heyward. WLB: R. Homan. CB: Torrence. S: Moeller, Gant.
Gray – WR: Washington, Crawford. OT: Miller. OG: J. Boren, Malone. TB: Saine. DT: Larimore. MLB: Rolle. CB: Chekwa. S: Hines.

Players listed as out because of injury: Harlamert, Malone, Moeller, Howard, Sweat.

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