Michael Brewster Goes Undrafted

By Ramzy Nasrallah on April 28, 2012 at 7:21p
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Mike Brewster will eventually find an NFL home, but it will have to be via undrafted free agency. All seven rounds passed without his name being called. 

In total, just four true centers were taken, the last of which was Michigan's David Molk by the San Diego Chargers in the final round this afternoon.

The Buckeyes' outspoken four-year center, who graduated in December 2011 with a communications degree, hopes to be snapping the ball somewhere this fall and will undoubtedly have numerous teams interested in talking to him about taking the UFA route.

As with the Buckeyes' season, Brewster's 2011 was a bitter disappointment that fell far short of his own expectations. However, he was a 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, a four-year starter and the co-Jim Parker Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive lineman along with Pittsburgh Steeler draftee Mike Adams.

He was also one of four team captains for the 2011 season. Only Luke Fickell started more games for Ohio State (50) than Brewster did (49). 

No Buckeye in recent history was more valuable to recruiting than Brewster was leading up National Signing Day in 2008, when he actively pursued highly-regarded prospects like Adams, JB Shugarts and Terrelle Pryor. Just as Brewster's draft position had been anticipated to be more favorable, so were the prospects of his Block O comrades along with Pryor. 

It had to be a rough weekend for Brewstert to miss out on being drafted. Here's hoping that he catches on and becomes Mr. Relevant.

EVENING UPDATE: Brewster tweeted that he will be joining the Jacksonville Jaguars. He grew up 2.5 hours south in Orlando.

Also - other UFA Buckeyes - Andrew Sweat is signing with the Cleveland Browns (law school will have to wait) as is JB Shugarts.

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Bucks43201's picture

Tough to see this kid go undrafted...was really rooting for him. Seems like a great kid.

Maybe it's better he's a F.A. now, he can kind of pick his own team.

I think the problem with the shotgun snap could be easily coached. But, if it bothered scouts so much, he could transition from Center to Guard. Not a difficult transition.

Either way....good luck to Mike Brewster --- I think somebody will get great value in a future NFL starter.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Mr. Irrelevant - from the AACC - now that is funny !!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

703Buckeye's picture

Mr. Irrelevant was from Northern Illinois.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

RedStorm45's picture

? Mr. Irrelevant is from Northern Illinois.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Too bad...may be he'll have to sell some more OSU stuff to pay for his rent now (or to get a new tattoo).  Oh well!  As I've said on all but Ebner's draft blog...these guys were not at all what they were supposed to be...good riddance to '08...always remembered for Tat gate.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeyechad's picture

Do you even know who Brewster is? One of the classiest players on the team, didn't get in any  trouble for any of that. wtf

TheHostileDwarf's picture

Really? Brewster wasn't involved and wasn't suspended. Show some respect.

This sucks. Here's hoping he lands somewhere very soon. He deserves it.

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

Consider following the team a little more closely.

dbit's picture

Yikes man.  ^^^ these three said it already

TNbuckeye91's picture

Gtfo man. No one wants people like you on 11w. You're worse than scUM fans because you don't know what you're talking about. I wish the best to Mike Brewster. Even boom and poseur I wish the best to all of them. If there's an F you I give that to the NCAA. they deserve no money for what these student athletes do.

pcon258's picture

they werent at all what they were supposed to be? every year but last, they were in the national title discussion, they won bcs bowl games. thats pretty high acheiving

tampa buckeye's picture

THIS? is gray box worthy?  

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

You would be amazed at the number of people who get their Buckeye news exclusively from the 11W front page. It's gray box-worthy if only to avoid complaints.

tampa buckeye's picture

Ramzy you are the man. I'm sorry for questioning your www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIVHNylH1Mk

  I may soon be Columbus buckeye once again.  "Urban and Tampa buckeye come Home" now that is gray box worthy! Delusions of grandeur? Maybe.  Happy to catch every game this year in the shoe? HELL to the YES.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I feel bad for Mike.

He started all four years was not involved in the bs. Always kept his nose clean and was a classy person on and off the field. 

That said I'm glad he didn't get drafted in the seveth or to some horrible team.

He now has a chance to go where he wants to go.

I wish him the best of luck!

Denny's picture

This 2013 class. Brewster's fan-anointed 'crew'. Maybe we ought to be a bit hesitant with the 'Bash Brothers' business. A lot can happen in four years; we'd be wise to learn from this class and our role in preemptively putting them on a pedestal.

He'll be ok. Hope he lands somewhere with a good chance at making the roster.

Taquitos.

Pam's picture

Mike just tweeted that he is a J'ville Jaguar. 

dbit's picture

Good for him.  Thats gotta be somewhere near home, right?

Pam's picture

Yes, he said it ws good to go back home. Really happy for him

biggy84's picture

Shows you how undercoached he was by Bollman. I think all of the linemen were victims of bad coaching. He certainly has the talent to play in the NFL imo.

TNbuckeye91's picture

Id have to agree buddy.

wrockhold's picture

Good luck to Mike. He will always be one of my favorite Buckeyes.

rkylet83's picture

Welcome to Walrusball...where the 5 stars go to die...

Buckman's picture

I thought that was Notre Dame.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

Colin's picture

That's all players not just offensive lineman.

TNbuckeye91's picture

Btw sometimes going free agent route is better.

Colin's picture

It's easier because you get to pick which team but it makes you that much more expendable at the same time. Sanzenbacher is a good example, he got himself into a good situation in Chicago last season, but they signed and drafted multiple WRs this offseason and so he might end up being an odd man out. 

Buckeye Chuck's picture

There's the Bollman legacy for you: Brewster, Boren, Boone all undrafted (though there were extenuating circumstances with Boone). Adams was just about the only big name OL recruit we've had of late who didn't see his prospect status slide dramatically during his time in Columbus.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Denny's picture

Probably has something to do with the fact that Bollman, Brewster, Boren and Boone all start with the letter B.

Taquitos.

biggy84's picture

Even Adams suffered from Bolman's coaching. He was considered an Orlando Pace-type of prospect coming out of high school, and was very highly pursued. I am anxious to see him with the proper coaching.

zbd's picture

Bollman was incompetent.  He never developed players.  Wisconsin is the place to go to prepare for the NFL for an OL player.

Menexenus's picture

Glad to hear that Sweat will be with the Browns.  I like to see our players stay in state so that I can continue to root for them in the NFL.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Shugarts also now a Brown. Of course he is.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

703Buckeye's picture

Sort of ironic... J.B. is one of the biggest Steeler fans you'll ever see.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

RedStorm45's picture

Not really surprised.  Unfortunately, he had to put it lightly, an awful senior year.  I think it was the Penn State game where he just couldn't seem to snap the ball.

Bucks43201's picture

hmm weird coincidence -- just noticed all of the Buckeyes drafted/signed as UFA's so far --- all went to AFC teams:

Adams (Steelers), Posey (Texans), Herron (Bengals), Ebner (Patriots), Brewster (Jaguars), Sweat & Shugarts (Browns)

go AFC

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

zbd's picture

This clearly shows the ex-OL coach Jim Bollman was a total waste at teaching anything.  I am really glad that loser is gone.

Leanenaud's picture

Looks like the Browns will be having a couple extra false starts on Sundays.

DowntheSideline12's picture

Realistically I can see them possibly making practice squads. Vast under performers. With better position coaching would be great to see them live up to their potentials and get a good shot at this.

Greg Jennings "I put my team on my back"