Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 15, 2015

Prolific. There is no other way to describe Ohio State?s performance in the last 10 NFL drafts. It?s a proverbial football factory in Columbus. But, I think we already had an inkling of that.

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In all, the Buckeyes have had 52 picks, including 13 first-round selections, in the last 10 NFL drafts. In 2006, Ohio State was off-the-charts productive with five first-round picks. It takes some schools decades to have five total first-rounders.

The Buckeyes have had no fewer than three selections in any draft since 2005. Linebackers (13) and defensive backs (12) have been the most popular positions.

The Buckeyes will add to this impressive total in year?s draft, with wideout Devin Smith, defensive tackle Michael Bennett, tight end Jeff Heuerman and corner Doran Grant leading the way as the likely Ohio State players to be first off the board.

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Highest pick: No. 5 overall, LB A.J. Hawk, 2006/Packers

Most fertile draft: 2006, nine selections

Total first-round picks: 13

Total picks: 52

Position breakdown:

  • Linebacker: 13
  • Defensive back: 12
  • Offensive line: 8
  • Receiver: 7
  • Running back: 5
  • Defensive line: 5
  • Quarterback: 1
  • Kicker: 1




Second round: K Mike Nugent, Jets

Third round: DB Dustin Fox, Vikings

Third round: RB Maurice Clarett, Broncos


First round: LB A.J. Hawk, Packers

First round: DB Donte Whitner, Bills

First round: LB Bobby Carpenter, Cowboys

First round: WR Santonio Holmes, Steelers

First round: C Nick Mangold, Jets

Third round: CB Ashton Youboty, Bills

Third round: LB Anthony Schlegel, Jets

Fourth round: DB Nate Salley, Panthers

Fourth round: G Rob Sims, Seahawks


First round: WR Ted Ginn, Jr., Dolphins

First round: WR Anthony Gonzalez, Colts

Third round: DT Quinn Pitcock, Colts

Fourth round: RB Antonio Pittman, Saints

Fifth round: DE Jay Richardson, Raiders

Fifth round: WR Roy Hall, Colts

Fifth round: QB Troy Smith, Ravens

Sixth round: C Doug Datish, Falcons


First round: LB Vernon Gholston, Jets

Seventh round: LB Larry Grant, Rams

Seventh round: OT Kirk Barton, Bengals


First round: CB Malcolm Jenkins, Saints

First round: RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals

Second round: LB James Laurinaitis, Rams

Second round: WR Brian Robiskie, Browns

Fourth round: DB Donald Washington, Chiefs

Fourth round: WR Brian Hartline, Dolphins

Fifth round: LB Marcus Freeman, Bears


Fourth round: LB Thaddeus Gibson, Steelers

Seventh round: DE Doug Worthington, Steelers

Seventh round: FS Kurt Coleman, Eagles

Seventh round: LB Austin Spitler, Dolphins


First round: DE Cameron Hayward, Steelers

Fourth round: DB Chimdi Chekwa, Raiders

Fifth round: DB Jermale Hines, Rams

Sixth round: LB Brian Rolle, Eagles

Sixth round: LB Ross Homan, Vikings


Second round: OT Mike Adams, Steelers

Third round: WR DeVier Posey, Texans

Sixth round: RB Dan Herron, Bengals

Sixth round: DB Nate Ebner, Patriots


Second round: DT Johnathan Hankins, Giants

Fourth round: LB John Simon, Ravens

Seventh round: OT Reid Fragel, Bengals


First round: LB Ryan Shazier, Steelers

First round: CB Bradley Roby, Broncos

Second round: RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers

Second round: OT Jack Mewhort, Colts

Fifth round: C Corey Linsley, Packers

Seventh round: DB Christian Bryant, Rams

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