Looking over the former Ohio State players that are currently in the NFL, one thing pops out — there is only one former Buckeye quarterback on an NFL roster (Terrelle Pryor, Oakland). Other than quarterback, kicker, and punter, there are multiple former Buckeyes at each position in the NFL. This brings up one question:
First off, Ohio State has never turned out a really good NFL signal caller. Players like Art Schlichter, Tom Tupa, Bobby Hoying, and Joe Germaine simply weren’t good enough to make it as pro quarterbacks (although in Schlichter’s case, gambling may have had a bit to do with the problem). Players like Mike Tomczak and Kent Graham were serviceable backups but nothing special. This indicates Ohio State’s play style more than its inability to produce top quarterbacks. The Buckeyes have always been a run first, run second, run third, throw fourth kind of program (for the most part). Top running backs have been at a premium; top quarterbacks haven’t even been needed.
While there is only one quarterback from Ohio State in the NFL now, there are many other Buckeyes playing in the NFL; here is your weekly update on each of them…
Offensive Buckeye of the Week –
Brian Hartline – 8 REC, 79 YDS
Should I just call this the Brian Hartline Award? All season long, Hartline has by far been the most productive offensive Buckeye in the NFL. While there are some stud lineman who used to don the Scarlet and Gray (Nick Mangold), Hartline has really stood above the rest. Due to injuries, he is actually one of only a few former Buckeyes who regularly plays as a skill-position player on offense. Currently ranked 10th in the NFL in receiving yards, Hartline proved again this week that he is a consistent threat. Unfortunately his production didn’t produce a win this time, and the Dolphins lost to the Titans, 37-3.
Defensive Buckeye of the Week –
Nate Clements – 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 interception, 1 PD
Nate Clements, a 32-year-old cornerback, did everything he could to help his team win this weekend. It turns out that everything he could was more than enough. Clements, while largely playing safety instead of corner, recorded one of two Bengal interceptions of Eli Manning in an amazing defensive effort. The Bengals, partially thanks to Clements, pulled a shocking upset in their 31-13 victory.