As a long time Buckeye and Browns fan, I have been continually disappointed with the Browns lack of initiative to build a pipeline from the OSU NFL factory. It makes sense both on a financial and emotional standpoint. OSU has a track record of solid ROI concerning NFL players and Ohio is a Buckeye state significantly moreso than a Brownie state. To increase revenue and grow your fan base, bring the Buckeye fan base along for the ride to the professional level. To wit, going back over the past ten years to review the data, the Browns almost intentionally have gone against tapping a renewable resource to plug into the franchise's mainline. Look at this:
02-LeCharles Bentley(first rd talent) went to the Saints with the 44th pick of the 2nd rd, Browns took Willie Green and Andre'Davis in the 1st and 2nd.
03-M.Doss(2nd rd/Indy), C.Grant(3rd/NO), M.Wilhelm(4th/SD), D.Nickey(5th/Tenn)- All special teamers and solid backups. Browns took Jeff Faine in the 1st, Chaun Thompson in the 2nd, and Chris Crocker in the 3rd, Lee Suggs in the 4th.
04-Motherload of talent Smith/Gamble/Jenkins 1st rd,Hartsock & Scott in the 3rd,Allen in the 4th, Clarke & Olivea in the 7th. Browns took Winslow in the 1st and Sean Jones in the 2nd, bunch of scrubs with the picks after.
05-Nugent and D.Fox 2nd and 3rd rd. Browns B.Edwards and B.Pool 1st and 2nd.
06-Hawk,Witner,Carp,Holmes,Mangold 1st rd,Youboty 3rd,Sims 4th. Browns took Wimbley 1st, Jackson 2nd, J.Harrison 5th.
07-Ginn Gonzo 1st, Pittman 4th, Smith 5th. Browns took J.Thomas, Quinn, E.Wright 1,1,2.
08-Gholston 1st,L.Grant in the 7th. Browns took no one with their five picks starting in the 4th rd.
09-Jenkins Beanie 1st, Laurinaitis Robo 2nd, Washington Hartline 4th. Browns took Mack, Robo, Massaquoi.
10-Thaddeus 4th, Coleman 7th. Browns took Haden 1st, Ward Hardesty 2nd, McCoy 3rd.
11-Heyward 1st, Chekwa 4th, Hines 5th, Rolle 6th, Browns took Taylor 1st, Sheard Little 2nd, ghosts in the latter rounds.
-These aren't all the picks just a select few from every year*
Glancing quickly at the above list a few things stick out, the Browns have chosen to never pick ONE player from the plethora that is OSU defensive backs and solid linebackers. They took the poor mans version of Michael Jenkins in Robo and nobody was surprised when a not quick or fast WR didn't pan out because he couldn't create separation vs quicker/faster NFL db's.
-Where the hell is the Cleveland scouts coming back with reports of: "look fellas, we have picks in these rounds, we need to try to come away with a few home grown players bc there is a proven track record of success and it will bring more Buckeye fans to our side."
Just a frustrated Browns rant on a slooow day at the office, but I'd love to have seen Hawk, Ginn, Smith, Coleman, Jenkins, one of any in a Browns uniform instead of Brian Robiskie or Simon Fraser.