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NFL Week 6: How Did All 36 Former Buckeyes Fare?

DeVier Posey made special teams' magic.

Note: This is a weekly column on OSU Buckeyes in the NFL. Check out Tim’s posts for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.

There are currently 36 former Ohio State football players in the NFL. Between them there are 10 Pro-Bowl selections, four All-Pro honorees, seven Super Bowl champions, and one Super Bowl MVP.

Ten Pro Bowl trips and four All-Pro selections is impressive alone. When you add in the seven Super Bowls you really realize how good of a pipeline Ohio State is to the NFL. Every single season, there are more and more players taking off the Scarlet and Gray before putting on a new uniform in the NFL. I'm not necessarily convinced that Ohio State is the best school for NFL prospects, but I am sure that if I were an NFL executive, I would be keeping my eye on Hankins, Simon, and all the other Buckeyes who will be making the jump after this season because there is sure to be some world class talent.

Offensive Buckeye of the Week:

Nick Mangold - Proved why he is a three time All-Pro.

Nick Mangold went into beast mode this week as he helped pave the way for one of the best games of Shonn Greene's career. Greene finished with 161 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. Mangold and the rest of the Jets' offensive line (or, as I like to call them, the Jolly Green Giants) also did a solid job in pass protection, giving up only one sack on Mark Sanchez (and none on Tim Tebow!).

Defensive Buckeye of the Week:

A.J. Hawk - 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack

It seems like every week this prestigious defensive honor goes to either Hawk or James Laurinaitis. I'm not even biased, they are both just that good. This week Hawk led a Packers defense that shutdown a high powered Houston offense. Not only did Hawk lead the team (and the game) in tackles, but he also had a crucial sack of Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub.

Next -- NFC >>>

NFC:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Kurt Coleman (2006-2009), Safety
Week 6 Stats: 8 tackles (7 solo)
Season Stats: 42 tackles (32 solo), 2 interceptions, 4 PD

Can't blame Coleman for the Eagles' collapse.

New York Giants:

Jim Cordle (2005-2009), Center
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 6 games played (0 started)

After playing in nine games as an undrafted rookie in 2011, Cordle has appeared in every game so far this season.

Washington Redskins:

Doug Worthington (2006-2009), Defensive Tackle
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Worthington made his NFL debut two weeks ago but didn't play this week.

Green Bay Packers:

Brandon Saine (2007-2010), Running Back
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Last week I predicted that Saine would be getting in the mix at running back - I was probably right other than the fact that he is now on the IR due to a knee injury.

Ryan Pickett (1998-2000), Defensive End
Week 6 Stats: 1 tackles (1 solo)
Season Stats: 19 tackles (6 solo)

Pickett, normally a defensive end, has had to shift to nose tackle due to an injury to B.J. Raji.

A.J. Hawk (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 6 Stats: 10 tackles (6 solo)
, 1 sack
Season Stats: 51 tackles (29 solo), 1 sack

Detroit Lions:

Rob Sims (2002-2005), Offensive Guard
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 5 games played (5 started)

Chicago Bears:

Dane Sanzenbacher (2007-2010), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 1 REC, 7 YDS

Minnesota Vikings:

Michael Jenkins (2000-2003), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: 6 REC, 67 YDS
, 1 TD
Season Stats: 19 REC, 202 YDS, 1 TD

Jenkins scored his first touchdown of 2012 against Washington.

Antoine Winfield (1995-1998), Cornerback
Week 6 Stats: 10 tackles (5 solo), 1 interception, 1 PD
Season Stats: 44 tackles (28 solo), 2 interception, 6 PD

Carolina Panthers:

Ben Hartsock (1999-2003), Tight End
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: none

Fun fact: Ben Hartsock plays tight end yet hasn't caught a pass since 2010.

Chris Gamble (2001-2003), Cornerback
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 15 tackles (8 solo), 2 PD

New Orleans Saints:

Will Smith (2000-2003), Defensive End
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 22 tackles (9 solo), 2 sacks

Smith will be suspended for the next four games as punishment for the "bounty-gate" scandal.

Malcolm Jenkins (2005-2008), Safety
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 37 tackles (27 solo), 2 PD

Arizona Cardinals:

Chris “Beanie” Wells (2006-2008), Running Back
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: 29 ATT, 76 YDS, 1 REC, 24 YDS

Wells is on the temporary Injured Reserve (IR).

San Francisco 49ers:

Ted Ginn Jr. (2004-2006), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: 2 punt returns, 22 YDS
Season Stats: 1 ATT, 7 YDS, 9 punt returns, 81 YDS, 1 fumble

Alex Boone (2005-2008), Offensive Guard
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 6 games played (6 started)

Boone never started a game in his first two seasons, but now he seems cemented in the lineup.

Larry Grant (2006-2007), Linebacker
Week 6 Stats: 1 tackle (1 solo)
Season Stats: 4 tackle (4 solo), 1 blocked punt

Donte Whitner (2003-2005), Safety
Week 6 Stats: 5 tackles (3 solo)
Season Stats: 27 tackles (18 solo), 1 FF, 1 PD

St. Louis Rams:

James Laurinaitis (2005-2008), Linebacker
Week 6 Stats: 6 tackles (6 solo)
Season Stats: 55 tackles (44 solo), 1 sack

It's amazing when only six solo tackles is an off day for Laurinaitis. He actually managed all six in the second half.

Jake McQuaide (2006-2010), Long Snapper
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 6 games played

Next -- AFC >>>

AFC:

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (2002-2005), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: 20 REC, 272 YDS, 1 TD, 1 fumble

Holmes is out for the season with a foot injury.

Nick Mangold (2002-2005), Center
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 6 games played (6 started)

New England Patriots:

Jake Ballard (2006-2009), Tight End
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl last year when he was with the Giants and is likely out for the season.

Nate Ebner (2008-2011), Safety
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: 3 tackles (3 solo)

Bobby Carpenter (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 6 Stats: 2 tackles (0 solo)
Season Stats: 2 tackles (0 solo)

Carpenter picked up his first two tackles since joining the Patriots.

Miami Dolphins:

Brian Hartline (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: 29 REC, 514 YDS, 1 TD

Hartline was leading the NFL in receiver yards but has now fallen to 7th. He was able to draw one pass interference call but didn't even have a pass thrown his way.

Austin Spitler (2006-2010), Linebacker
Week 6 Stats: 1 tackle (1 solo)
Season Stats: 2 tackle (1 solo)

Cincinnati Bengals:

Nate Clements (1998-2000), Cornerback
Week 6 Stats: 1 tackles (1 solo)
Season Stats: 31 tackles (17 solo), 1 FF, 2 PD

Clements had to play safety this week against the Browns as the Cincinnati defensive backfield has been decimated by injuries.

Mike Nugent (2001-2004), Kicker
Week 6 Stats: 1/1 FG, 3/3 PAT
Season Stats: 10/11 FG, 17/17 PAT

Nugent rebounded from his first miss of the season last week with a solid day in Cleveland. The wind was really blowing, which makes his numbers extra impressive.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Mike Adams (2008-2011), Offensive Tackle
Week 6 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 4 games played (0 started)

More playing time could be headed Mike Adams' way with injuries along the Pittsburgh offensive line.

Cameron Heyward (2007-2010), Defensive End
Week 6 Stats: 1 tackle (0 solo)
Season Stats: 5 tackles (3 solo), 1 sack

Will Allen (2000-2003), Safety
Week 6 Stats: 8 tackles (5 solo), 1 FF
Season Stats: 9 tackle (5 solo), 1 FF

Allen snagged his first start of the season and really made it count. This marks Allen's first start since joining the Steelers in 2010.

Houston Texans:

DeVier Posey (2008-2011), Wide Receiver
Week 6 Stats: 1 TD on special teams
Season Stats: 1 ATT, -3 YDS, 1 TD on special teams

Posey recovered a blocked punt for a score but also had a costly offsides penalty on special teams.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Michael Brewster (2008-2011), Center
Week 6 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 5 games played (1 started)

Oakland Raiders:

Terrelle Pryor (2008-2010), Quarterback
Week 6 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Pryor has yet to play more than one snap in his NFL career.