May 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior captain Christian Bryant, who missed the last nine games of the 2013 season with an ankle injury, became the sixth Ohio State Buckeye to be drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the 241st pick of the seventh round.

Bryant was a three-year starting safety who played in 36 games and started 27 times before injuring his ankle at the end of the Buckeyes’ fifth-game of the season, vs. Wisconsin. At the time of his injury, Bryant had recorded 22 tackles to rank third on the team.

Ohio State has now had three offensive and three defensive players taken in this draft.

2014 Ohio State Draft Picks
1st Round – LB Ryan Shazier by Pittsburgh with 15th pick
1st Round – CB Bradley Roby by Denver with 31st pick
2nd Round – RB Carlos Hyde by San Francisco with 57th pick
2nd Round – OT Jack Mewhort by Indianapolis with 59th pick
5th Round – OC Corey Linsley by Green Bay with the 161st pick
7th Round – SAF Christian Bryant by St. Louis with the 241st pick

Bryant recorded 171 tackles in his Ohio State career with two interceptions, 23 pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. At the time of his injury, his 171 tackles and 23 pass break-ups were second-most among the current Buckeyes.

Bryant is the 12th Ohio State defensive back chosen in the NFL Draft in the last 10 years.

Ohio State DBs – Last 10 NFL Drafts
2014 — Christian Bryant – 7th round by St. Louis
2012 — Nate Ebner – 7th round by New England
2011 — Chimdi Chekwa – 4th round by Oakland
2011 — Jermale Hines – 5th round by St. Louis
2009 — Malcolm Jenkins – 1st round by New Orleans
2009 — Donald Washington – 4th round by Kansas City
2006 — Donte Whitner – 1st round by Buffalo
2006 — Ashton Youboty – 3rd round by Buffalo
2006 — Nate Salley – 4th round by Carolina
2005 — Dustin Fox – 3rd round by Minnesota
2004 — Chris Gamble – 1st round by Carolina
2004 — Will Allen – 4th round by Tampa Bay