For a few days after the NFL Draft, I spend some time to see what NFL team drafted players with Ohio High School football backgrounds. This sometimes a little difficult, but is possible to do.
What is not hard to do is “turn off” the draft evaluations and grades that supposed “experts” give to NFL scouting staffs. But that is a whole other story never written or read by me.
More, importantly, for the narrow-mined Ohio State fans, this is not a knock on the Ohio State coaches and support staff. I have good friends at O-State and am not second guessing anyone. I do not proclaim to be as knowledgeable as college coaching staffs and support staffs. No way.
Plus, I could never equal the football recruiting reporters who rate and rank the Ohio high school players’ recruitability. That is their expertise. Some are even called “recruiting experts.” I have never gotten to that level.
Ohio State has always been considered the ultimate in Ohio High School football. The pinnacle. In many cases, justifiably so. An obvious storied program. Sometimes, the word “development,” is missing. Not always, but sometimes.
I tell players all of the time, “Go where you can develop into an even better football player. Go where the culture is good for you. Development is the key. Throw out all of the “Star” brown sugar. Of course, if a player is from Ohio, this is hard to do, because the Buckeyes are the Buckeyes
Ohio High School players who were drafted in the seven rounds
(2) Marquise Blair – S – Wooster – Utah – Seattle Seahawks
(2) Parris Campbell – WR – Akron St Vincent St Mary’s – Ohio State – Indianapolis Colts
(2) Andy Isabella – WR – Mayfield – UMass – Arizona Cardinals
(3)Dre’Mont Jones – DL – Cleveland St Ignatius – Denver Broncos
(3) David Montgomery – RB – Cincinnati Mt Healthy – Chicago Bears
(3) Michael Dieter – OL Genoa – Wisconsin – Miami Dolphins
(3) Justin Layne – CB – Cleveland Benedictine – Michigan State – Pittsburgh Steelers
(4) Wes Martin – OL – Milton Union – Indiana – Washington Redskins
(4) David Long – LB – Cincinnati Winton Woods – West Virginia – Tennessee Titans
(4) John Cominsky – DE – Barberton – Charleston – Atlanta Falcons
(4) Benny Snell – RB – Westerville Central – Kentucky – Pittsburgh Steelers
(4) Hjalte Froholdt – DL – Warren Harding (10th grade) – Arkansas – New England Patriots
(6) Mike Edwards – FS – Cincinnati Winton Woods – Kentucky – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(7) George Asafo-Arjei – OL – Lakota West – Kentucky – New York Giants
The top Power Five will not make time to develop players over the long haul. For some of the more top rated programs, if a player is not showing a lot of promise in two years, he is in trouble for playing time as a 3rd year guy.
Really important to get to a college known for developing football players. Not only, to make it to the NFL, but also, for making your college football career really special.
Some undrafted free agents
Dante Booker – Ohio State – Cardinals
Joe Lowery – Ohio – Bears
Tyree Kinnel – Michigan – Bengals
Darrin Hall – Pittsburgh – Browns
Nate Hall – Northwestern – Cowboys
Andrew Dowell – Michigan State – Cowboys
Jamal Davis – Pitt/Akron – Texans
Ashton Dulin – Tiffin – Colts
Jordan Thompson – Northwestern – Colts
Cody Thompson – Toledo – Chiefs
C J Conrad – Kentucky – Giants
Ryan Bee – Marshall – Redskins