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Former Ohio HS Players in 7 Rounds


I do not get it done every year, but right after the NFL draft, I like to read the list of Ohio high school background players who were drafted in the first six rounds. This morning I found a list that made it easy.

Hopefully, if you have followed for me for a while, you realize I care almost nothing for the NFL. I know that we are in a new culture, but that does not mean I have to like the NFL. College football is fun, but my free time is limited when it comes to watching games on the flat screen.

Ohio high school football is my passion. Most kids have not reached the “me-me” stage. Rules and regulations limit some of the silliness. High school coaches still to limit some of the show time stuff.

The following players with Ohio backgrounds were taken in the six rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Of course, I remember them. Just made some comments about them and what I thought about them in their high school football playing days. All “bought into the college game.”

Mason Schreck – QB at Medina HS. A big QB, but after watching him play high school basketball, he was an obvious tight end on the next level. Played TE at Buffalo from almost day one. Buffalo – Cincinnati Bengals  7th

Ifeadi Odenigbo – DE at Centerville HS. Long. Raw. Tough. Good quickness off the edge. Needed to get bigger. Needed to work on change of direction. Northwestern – Minnesota Vikings 7th

Jake Butt – TE/DE at Pickerington North HS. Tremendous athlete with good speed. Some colleges were worried how big he would get in college. Some were worried about his round shoulders. I liked him because he was big, tough and an excellent ball catcher. Michigan – Denver Broncos   5th

Shelton Gibson – WR/DB at Cleveland Heights HS. Tremendous athlete. Tough. Competitive. Not the most disciplined high school player. Grades were of a concern. Physically mature as a senior. West Virginia – Philadelphia Eagles.   5th

Ben Gideon – LB/RB at Hudson HS. Liked his size, but knew he would have to get bigger. Needed to get faster and better change of direction. Smart. Played hard. Physical. Michigan – Minnesota Vikings  4th

Michael Roberts – TE/DE at Cleveland Benedictine HS. Excellent athlete. Big, strong, and mature. Needed to run better, but a natural TE. Grades were suspect. Playing hard every down was a concern to me. Toledo – Detroit Lions. 4th

Dawaune Smoot – Really athletic. Ran well. Needed to get bigger on the next level. Athletic. Good quickness off the edge. Liked his toughness. Illinois – Jacksonville Jaguars   3rd

Pat Elflein – OL/DL at Pickerington North HS. Good football player. Not as tall as most OL prospects. Physical. Good feet. Good balance. Impressed me on the wrestling mat. Needs to thank Luke Fickell. Ohio State – Minnesota Vikings.   3rd

Chris Wormley – OL/DE at Toledo Whitmer HS. Liked that he played 3 sports well. Big. Athletic for big man. Good motor. Ran well for a big man. Tremendous competitor. Michigan – Baltimore Ravens  3rd

Kareem Hunt – RB at Willoughby South HS. Fast. Tough. Excellent vision. Burst. Balance. Joked with about his shortness, but he got better the more carries that he had. Was overlooked by bigger school programs. Toledo – Kansas City Chiefs   3rd

Adam Shaheen – TE at Big Walnut HS. Better at basketball in high school. Did not have rated high, but liked his athleticism when I saw him on the court. Got bigger/stronger/faster in college. Missed him.  Ashland – Chicago Bears  2nd

DeShone Kiser – QB at Toledo Central Catholic HS. First him his 10th grade year against Toledo St Johns. Good feet. Did not like QB throwing skills. Long armed. Like his leadership and his self confidence. Smart. The big schools in the Midwest did not recruit him hard. Notre Dame did not find him. Notre Dame – Cleveland Browns  2nd

Mitch Trubisky – QB at Mentor HS. Saw him take a beating against St Ignatius his 10th grade year. Great character kid. Solid arm. Liked his size. Smart. More of a drop back QB, but can escape. North Carolina was a good fit for him. Natural leader. North Carolina – Chicago Bears   1st

Marshon Lattimore – WR/DB at Glenville HS. Liked him better as a WR. He did too. Good burst. Natural athlete. Fast. Smart. Competed. Liked his toughness. In high school compared him to Teddy Ginn Jr. Finally bought in at OSU. Ohio State – New Orleans Saints   1st

Gareon Conley – WR/DB at Massillon HS. Long. Fast. Good ball skills. Good hips. Played WR equally as well. Needed to get bigger/stronger. Worked hard. Physical. Thought that he was a good receiver, as well. Ohio State – Los Angeles Raiders    1st

Taco Charlton – TE/DE at Pickerington Central HS. First saw him his 9th grade year. Tall. Long. Good quickness off edge. Watching him in a basketball game at Pick Central convinced me , he was a top recruit. Did not play hard every down. Physical     Michigan – Dallas Cowboys   1st

A number of players with Ohio high school backgrounds signed free agent contracts have signed contracts. Harder to find. May try to get something together later in week.





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