April 24, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No football program has produced as many NFL Draft picks since the year 2000 than the Ohio State Buckeyes. A total of 82 Buckeyes have been drafted in the last 13 years and that number should grow, and possibly swell, in the next few days with as many as nine Buckeyes potential picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Among those 82 draft picks are 17 Buckeyes who were chosen in the first round, including 2011 pick Cameron Heyward, by Pittsburgh. Only two teams can top Ohio State’s number of first-rounders since 2000: Miami and USC.

NFL Draft by the Numbers
Since 2000; Source:

Most Draft Picks

1. Ohio State 82
2. Miami 81
3. USC 80
4. Georgia 75
5. Florida State 66
LSU 66
7. Florida 65
8. Tennessee 63
9. Oklahoma 60
10. Virginia Tech 58

Also: Wisconsin 57, Alabama 55, Michigan 54, Texas 52, Iowa 51, Penn State 50

Most First-Round Draft Picks

1. Miami 26
2. USC 18
3. Ohio State 17
4. Florida State 15
5. Texas 14
6. Florida 13
Alabama 13
9. Oklahoma 12
Tennessee 12
LSU 12

Also: Wisconsin 11, Georgia 11, Penn State 10, Michigan 9

Buckeyes on the Board
Ohio State has had 327 players chosen in the NFL Draft, according to, and three down linemen – defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, offensive tackle Reid Fragel and defensive end/outside linebacker John Simon – are expected to be among the first Buckeyes chosen in this year’s draft.

Six more stalwarts from the 2012 Ohio State team that finished as the only unbeaten team in the nation at 12-0 could hear his name called this weekend as well, including fullback Zach Boren, defensive lineman Garrett Goebel, cornerback Travis Howard, safety Orhian Johnson, tight end Jake Stoneburner and defensive end Nathan Williams.

Five-or-More Drafted 26 Times
Ohio State has had five or more players selected in the NFL Draft 26 times in its history, including a school-record 14 players selected in 2004 with Will Smith (New Orleans), Chris Gamble (Carolina) and Michael Jenkins (Atlanta) all No. 1 picks that year.

On two occasions 13 Buckeyes were chosen in the draft. In 1975 first-round picks Kurt Schumacher (New Orleans), Doug France (Los Angeles) and Neal Colzie (Oakland) led the Buckeye charge. And in 1971 four first-round picks – John Brockington (Green Bay), Jack Tatum (Oakland), Tim Anderson (San Francisco) and Leo Hayden (Minnesota) – were part of a 13-man draft class.

In 2006 a school-record five Buckeyes were first-round picks: A.J. Hawk (Green Bay), Donte Whitner (Buffalo), Bobby Carpenter (Dallas), Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh) and Nick Mangold (New York Jets).

Some memorable Ohio State drafts…
2009 – CB Malcolm Jenkins (1st round, New Orleans), RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (1st, Arizona), LB James Laurinaitis (2nd, St. Louis), WR Brian Robiskie (2nd, Cleveland), DB Donald Washington (4th, Kansas City), WR Brian Hartline (4th, Miami), LB Marcus Freeman (5th, Chicago). Note: Five of the six were in the NFL in 2012.

2006 – LB A.J. Hawk (1st round, Green Bay), SAF Donte Whitner (1st, Buffalo), LB Bobby Carpenter (1st, Dallas), WR Santonio Holmes (1st, Pittsburgh), C Nick Mangold (1st, New York Jets), CB Ashton Youboty (3rd, Buffalo), LB Anthony Schlegel (3rd, New York Jets), DB Nate Salley (4th, Carolina), OG Rob Sims (4th, Seattle). Note: Record number of first-round picks.

2004 – DE Will Smith (1st round, New Orleans), CB Chris Gamble (1st round, Carolina), WR Michael Jenkins (1st round, Atlanta), TE Ben Hartsock (3rd, Indianapolis), DT Tim Anderson (3rd, Buffalo), P B.J. Sander (3rd, Green Bay), DE Darrion Scott (3rd, Minnesota), C Alex Stepanovich (4th, Arizona), SAF Will Allen (4th, Tampa Bay, QB Craig Krenzel (5th, Chicago), WR Drew Carter (4th, Carolina), LB Rob Reynolds (5th, Tennessee), OT Shane Olivea (7th, San Diego) and OG Adrien Clarke (7th, Philadelphia). Note: Record number of draft picks.

1997 – OT Orlando Pace (1st round, St. Louis), CB Shawn Springs (1st, Seattle), SAF Rob Kelly (2nd, New Orleans), CB Ty Howard (3rd, Arizona), DE Mike Vrabel (3rd, Pittsburgh), FB Nicky Sualua (4th, Dallas), DT Matt Finkes (6th, Carolina). Notes: Pace is overall No. 1, Springs is overall No. 3 and Vrabel played 14 years in the league, started 140 games and was part of three Super Bowl winning teams.

1996 – WR Terry Glenn (1st round, New England), TE Rickey Dudley (1st, Oakland), RB Eddie George (1st, Tennessee), QB Bobby Hoying (3rd, Philadelphia). Note: Ohio State had three of the first 14 picks in the draft.

1971 – RB John Brockington (1st round, Green Bay), DB Jack Tatum (1st, Oakland), DB Tim Anderson (1st, San Francisco), RB Leo Hayden (1st, Minnesota), TE Jan White (2nd, Buffalo), DT Jim Stillwagon (5th, Green Bay), LB Doug Adams (7th, Denver), DB Mike Sensibaugh (8th, Kansas City), HB Larry Zelina (8th, Cleveland), WR Bruce Jankowski (10th, Kansas City), QB Rex Kern (10th, Baltimore), QB Ron Maciejowski (15th, Chicago), DE Mark Debevc (16th, Cincinnati). Note: A total of 442 players were drafted during this 17-round draft.

Ohio State: No. 2 in No. 1s
Ohio State has produced more first-round NFL draft picks than all but one school. According to, the Buckeyes have 66 NFL first-round draft picks to trail only USC (73) among all college football programs.

The Buckeyes, in fact, have produced 71 first-round picks when you add in five individuals who were first-round draft picks into the American Football League (AFL) between 1960-69. The AFL and the NFL started holding a combined draft in 1967.

Three No. 1s
Three Buckeyes have been selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft: linebacker Tom Cousineau in 1979 by Buffalo; defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson in 1994 by Cincinnati; and offensive lineman Orlando Pace in 1997 by St. Louis.

Ohio State
First-Round Draft Picks – 71

Year Name (Pos.) – Team
1938 James McDonald (HB) – Philadelphia Eagles
1941 Don Scott (B) – Chicago Bears
1950 Fred Morrison (B) – Chicago Bears
1956 Howard Cassady (B) – Detroit Lions
1957 Jim Parker (T) – Baltimore Colts
1959 Don Clark (B) – Chicago Bears
1959 Dan James (C) – San Francisco 49ers
1960 Birtho Arnold (OL) – Buffalo Bills*
1960 James Houston (E) – Buffalo Bills*
1960 Bob White (FB) – Houston Oilers*
1961 Tom Matte (HB) – Baltimore Colts
1962 Bob Ferguson (FB) – Pittsburgh Steelers
1963 Daryl Sanders (T) – Detroit Lions
1963 Bob Vogel (T) – Baltimore Colts
1964 Paul Warfield (WR) – Cleveland Browns
1964 Matt Snell (FB) – New York Jets*
1965 Jim Davidson (T) – Buffalo Bills*
1969 Dave Foley (T) – New York Jets
1969 Rufus Mayes (T) – Chicago Bears
1971 Tim Anderson (CB) – San Francisco 49ers
1971 John Brockington (RB) – Green Bay Packers
1971 Leo Hayden (RB) – Minnesota Vikings
1971 Jack Tatum (DB) – Oakland Raiders
1974 Rick Middleton (LB) – New Orleans Saints
1974 Randy Gradishar (LB) – Denver Broncos
1974 John Hicks (G) – New York Giants
1975 Neal Colzie (DB) – Oakland Raiders
1975 Doug France (T) – Los Angeles Rams
1975 Kurt Schumacher (G) – New Orleans Saints
1976 Tim Fox (DB) – New England Patriots
1976 Archie Griffin (RB) – Cincinnati Bengals
1977 Bob Brudzinski (LB) – Los Angeles Rams
1978 Chris Ward (T) – New York Jets
1979 (1) Tom Cousineau (LB) – Buffalo Bills
1982 Art Schlichter (QB) – Baltimore Colts
1984 William Roberts (T) – New York Giants
1985 Jim Lachey (T) – San Diego Chargers
1986 Keith Byars (RB) – Philadelphia Eagles
1988 Eric Kumerow (DE) – Miami Dolphins
1991 Vinnie Clark (CB) – Green Bay Packers
1992 Alonzo Spellman (DT) – Chicago Bears
1993 Robert Smith (RB) – Minnesota Vikings
1994 (1) Dan Wilkinson (DL) – Cincinnati Bengals
1995 Joey Galloway (WR) – Seattle Seahawks
1995 Korey Stringer (T) – Minnesota Vikings
1995 Craig Powell (LB) – Cleveland Browns
1996 Rickey Dudley (TE) – Oakland Raiders
1996 Eddie George (RB) – Houston Oilers
1996 Terry Glenn (WR) – New England Patriots
1997 (1) Orlando Pace (OT) – St. Louis Rams
1997 Shawn Springs (CB) – Seattle Seahawks
1999 David Boston (SE) – Arizona Cardinals
1999 Antoine Winfield (CB) – Buffalo Bills
1999 Andy Katzenmoyer (LB – New England Patriots
2000 Ahmed Plummer (CB) – San Francisco 49ers
2001 Nate Clements (CB) – Buffalo Bills
2001 Ryan Pickett (DT) – St. Louis Rams
2004 Will Smith (DT) – New Orleans Saints
2004 Chris Gamble (DB) – Carolina Panthers
2004 Michael Jenkins (WR) – Atlanta Falcons
2006 A.J. Hawk (LB) – Green Bay Packers
2006 Donte Whitner (S) – Buffalo Bills
2006 Bobby Carpenter (LB) – Dallas Cowboys
2006 Santonio Holmes (WR) – Pittsburgh Steelers
2006 Nick Mangold (C) – New York Jets
2007 Ted Ginn Jr. (WR) – Miami Dolphins
2007 Anthony Gonzalez (WR) – Indianapolis Colts
2008 Vernon Gholston (DE) – New York Jets
2009 Malcolm Jenkins (CB) – New Orleans Saints
2009 Chris Wells (RB) – Arizona Cardinals
2011 Cameron Heyward (DE) – Pittsburgh Steelers

(1) First player selected in the draft. * AFL Team