Michael Brewster Goes Undrafted
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.