The 2017 NFL Draft starts Thursday in Philadelphia and is certain to underline many Big Ten stars anticipating out where their veteran careers will begin. Programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska are among a tip schools in a republic during producing NFL talent. Which players have been a best NFL breeze picks from those schools?
Ohio State has had a third-most players play in a NFL, behind usually Notre Dame and Southern Cal. The Buckeyes have had 74 some-more players strech a NFL than opposition Michigan, that is fourth in a country.
Eight former Buckeyes also are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Three of them won’t seem on this list given they weren’t partial of a traditional NFL draft. Lou Groza and Bill Willis were not drafted, while Cris Carter entered a joining by a supplemental breeze in 1987. Dante Lavelli returned from portion in a troops during World War II and assimilated a Browns in 1946.
Two themes browbeat this list of a best Ohio State breeze picks: descent linemen and a Cleveland Browns. Ten Ohio State alums have played in during slightest 5 Pro Bowls, and 7 of them spent during slightest partial of their careers as descent linemen.
The hometown Browns drafted 3 players on this list, and both Groza and Lavelli became Hall of Fame talents in Cleveland. From 1953-64, a Browns comparison 6 Buckeyes who went on to play in during slightest dual Pro Bowls.
Cleveland hasn’t looked to Columbus for NFL breeze picks many given then, and a dual many new high picks — Craig Powell during No. 30 in 1995 and Brian Robiskie during No. 36 in 2009 — were busts.
There are a lot of good Ohio State players who became unequivocally good NFL talents yet didn’t make this list. It’s a tough organisation to crack.
Here are a 10 best picks in a story of a NFL breeze from Ohio State, formed on a multiple of career accomplishments and when they were selected.
Honorable mention: Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers, and Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (No. 3, No. 4 in 2016)
So vocalization of Cleveland’s uncanny hatred to drafting Buckeyes, a Browns had a No. 2 collect final year. They traded down, promulgation a collect to Philadelphia. Bosa and Elliott were a best rookies in a NFL final season, and if their careers continue a approach they started, a some-more extraordinary that preference will expected look.
10. Eddie George, Houston Oilers (No. 14, 1996)
Before Zeke, there was Eddie George. He became an present star in a NFL, rushing for 1,368 yards and earning descent rookie of a year honors.
He done a Pro Bowl a subsequent 4 seasons, punishing defenses for scarcely 6,900 yards in his initial 5 years. George finished his career with 10,441 yards, enough to now lay in the all-time tip 30. He’s not going to make a Hall of Fame, yet it was a excellent career.
9. Antoine Winfield, Buffalo Bills (No. 23, 1999)
The Buckeyes have constructed a garland of peculiarity NFL defensive backs who were first-round picks, including Shawn Springs, Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Clements and Donte Whitner. Go behind a small further and supplement Jack Tatum and Tim Fox to a list. They should have during slightest dual drafted in a initial turn of a 2017 draft.
Antoine Winfield was a late first-round selection, yet he became one of a tip corners in a league. He was a three-time Pro Bowl preference after relocating on to Minnesota.
8. Chris Spielman, Detroit Lions (No. 29, 1987)
Chris Spielman was one of a tip defensive players in a republic during Ohio State, yet slipped to a second turn of a draft. He played in 4 Pro Bowls and narrowly edged Randy Gradishar for a mark in a behind of this tip 10. Spielman had some-more than 1,000 tackles in 8 years with a Lions before a prolific final dual years with a Bills.
7. Jim Tyrer, Dallas Texans (No. 22 in AFL draft, 1961)
The Chicago Bears grabbed Jim Tyrer late in a NFL breeze (14th round), yet he assimilated a Dallas Texans of a AFL and was an All-AFL actor 8 times. He was a pivotal spoke for a authorization as it changed to Kansas City and eventually won Super Bowl IV. After a AFL-NFL merger, he done a Pro Bowl in 1971 and 1972.
6. Jim Marshall, Cleveland Browns (No. 44, 1960)
Jim Marshall spent one deteriorate with Cleveland before being traded to Minnesota. He spent 19 years as a starter for a Vikings, environment a NFL record for uninterrupted games played (270) that Brett Favre eventually broke.
He was partial of Minnesota’s “Purple People Eaters” invulnerability and played in 4 Super Bowls. Marshall also done a Pro Bowl twice. That’s utterly a lapse on a fourth-round pick, yet a Browns consumed it by trade him, along with 4 other players, for second- and 11th-round picks that did not vessel out. Conversely, it’s one of a best trades a Vikings have ever made.
5. Nick Mangold, New York Jets (No. 29, 2006)
Nick Mangold was a final of five first-round picks from Ohio State in a 2006 draft. All became good NFL players. Whitner done 3 Pro Bowls. Santonio Holmes won a Super Bowl MVP.
A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter were plain starting linebackers. Mangold, a longtime Jets center, finished adult being a best of a five. He went to 7 Pro Bowls and warranted first-team All-Pro standing twice.
4. Jim Parker, Baltimore Colts (No. 8, 1957)
Jim Parker done a Pro Bowl 5 times as a tackle and 3 times as a guard. He was also a nine-time first-team All-Pro, and comparison to a Pro Football Hall of Fame in his initial year of eligibility.
He won a inhabitant championship with a Buckeyes in 1954 and afterwards dual NFL titles with a Colts in 1958 and 1959. Parker’s series is late by a Colts.
3. Dick LeBeau, Cleveland Browns (No. 58, 1959)
Dick LeBeau had a illusory career as a player. The Browns done an superb collect in a fifth round, yet cut him during his rookie year. He sealed with Detroit and intercepted 62 passes for a Lions in 14 seasons. LeBeau also done a Pro Bowl 3 times.
After his personification career, LeBeau became one of a good defensive minds in a story of a sport. He’s coached in 6 Super Bowls as an assistant, 5 as a defensive coordinator. LeBeau is credited with formulating a “zone blitz” defense.
LeBeau is strictly in a Hall of Fame as a defensive back, yet his contributions to defensive football had to play a purpose in him finally earning enshrinement in 2010.
2. Paul Warfield, Cleveland Browns (No. 11, 1964)
The Browns did a good pursuit of drafting Buckeyes in a 1950s and 1960s, yet holding onto them was another matter. Paul Warfield done a Pro Bowl 3 times and won a 1964 NFL pretension with a Browns, yet cemented a Hall of Fame resume after a trade to a Miami Dolphins.
Warfield was a two-time first-team All-Pro with a Dolphins, and won a Super Bowl in 1972 and 1973. He’s still 15th in NFL story with 85 touchdown receptions, notwithstanding being 193rd in career receptions.
1. Orlando Pace, St. Louis Rams (No. 1, 1997)
It’s tough to be a good “value” collect as a No. 1 selection. Teams that have a initial collect are looking for someone to turn an annual Pro Bowl member during a high-priority position and assistance lead a authorization to a championship.
Orlando Pace did all of that for a Rams. St. Louis gave Bill Parcells and a New York Jets 4 picks, including No. 6, to pierce adult and breeze Pace.
He done 7 true trips to a Pro Bowl and 3 first-team All-Pro teams. The Rams won a Super Bowl in 1999 and scarcely won again dual years later. One of a best descent tackles of all time, he warranted his place in Canton in a Class of 2016.