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Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Can’t The Browns “Steel” Some Buckeyes In The NFL Draft?

Congratulations to Devin Smith, Jeff Heuerman, Doran Grant, Evan Spencer, and Michael Bennett on being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.  This weekend will be the first rookie minicamp for these players with their respective NFL teams.  It is challenging to refer to these players as "former Buckeyes", but they will all be moving forward in their quest for (hopefully) lengthy NFL careers.  Good luck also to Darryl Baldwin, Curtis Grant, and Steve Miller, who all were signed as free agents to NFL teams.  Jerry Emig of Ohio State had an impressive tweet that summarizes the good fortune of these players as they enter into the NFL...




Former Buckeye Rod Smith is also getting a free agent opportunity, with the Seattle Seahawks...




Remember Verlon Reed?  This former Buckeye, who left Ohio State for Findlay, is getting a free agent opportunity with the Detroit Lions...




According to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch, former Buckeye Kyle Clinton is also getting a free agent tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers this coming weekend...




At least Clinton and Grant will have some company while in Pittsburgh - over the last six years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted six players from Ohio State.







Prior to the NFL Draft, I held out hope that the Cleveland Browns, the NFL team I have rooted for my entire life, would pick two Buckeyes - Jeff Heuerman and Evan Spencer.  Both would have fulfilled position needs on the Browns, and had the skill set that would allow them to succeed in Cleveland's run-oriented offense.

I was happy for Jeff Heuerman that Denver picked Heuerman in the third round; that was a little higher than I anticipated the Browns would show interest.  I thought maybe the Browns would be interested in Heuerman in the fourth round.

As for Evan Spencer, I woke up on Saturday morning and tweeted out the following.  My man Shannon Sommers agreed with my line of thinking...




Do you know who the last Ohio State player the Cleveland Browns selected was?  Brian Robiskie, back in second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.  Prior to Robiskie?  2002, when the Browns picked Darnell Sanders in the fourth round.

Don't get me wrong - I am happy for all of these Buckeye players to have NFL opportunities, even if it is with the Cleveland Browns' biggest rival.  I just do not understand how the Browns, a team that has long been mired in the basement of its division, and is always trying to close the gap between itself and the division leaders, cannot look into scouting players from a powerhouse program only two hours down I-71.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are located further away, and have had no problem with the longer commute to scout out Buckeye talent.  Even the comments of Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer made me think the Browns would be picking at least one Buckeye...




Even Bill Rabinowitz agrees with me...Below is a tweet sent before the NFL Draft concluded regarding Darryl Baldwin, a Cleveland native, that somewhat mirrors my line of thinking ~




The 2016 NFL Draft is a year away, and I am looking forward to what promises to be an exciting 2015 Ohio State football season.  I can only hope that with a crop of players that will be heavily abundant in Buckeye talent in the 2016 NFL Draft that the Browns will "steel" some Buckeyes going forward.






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