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Ohio State Linebackers and the NFL Draft

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April 20, 2017 at 10:40pm
NFL Draft

Between 1936 and 2016 Ohio State had 62 linebackers* selected in the NFL Draft. Below you will find trivia questions, random facts and the entire list of Buckeye linebackers drafted.

Five Linebacker Trivia Questions

Who was the first Buckeye linebacker to get picked in the NFL Draft?

What is the longest yearly streak for Ohio State linebackers to get selected?

What is the largest amount of Buckeye linebackers selected in a draft?

Who is the highest drafted Ohio State linebacker?

Which decade had the most Buckeye linebackers drafted?

Five Random Facts

Seven Ohio State coaches have had linebackers drafted: Woody Hayes (24), Jim Tressel (15), Earle Bruce (9), John Cooper (7), Urban Meyer (4), Paul Bixler (1) and Wes Fesler (2).

12 of the 62 drafted linebackers were 1st round picks.

Half of Urban Meyer's drafted linebackers have been 1st round picks (Daron Lee and Ryan Shazier).

The most Buckeye linebackers selected by a single NFL team is five. The four teams to do this are the: Browns, Eagles, Falcons and Jets. 

The Bengals have selected three Ohio State linebackers. The last? Steve Tovar in 1993.

Bonus Question: What school is LBU?

*Position for player as listed by the NFL.

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Ohio State Linebackers and the NFL Draft
YEAR PLAYER ROUND PICK TEAM COACH NUMBER
1947 TONY ADAMLE 10 105 BEARS PAUL BIXLER 1
1948 DICK FLANAGAN 8 83 BEARS WES FESLER 2
1949 JACK LININGER 21 202 LIONS WES FESLER 3
1952 JOE CAMPANELLA 3 36 BROWNS WOODY HAYES 4
1957 HUBERT BOBO 13 146 EAGLES WOODY HAYES 5
1958 BILL JOBKO 7 80 RAMS WOODY HAYES 6
1960 JIM HOUSTON 1 8 BROWNS WOODY HAYES 7
1961 JERRY FIELDS 13 179 GIANTS WOODY HAYES 8
1962 SAM TIDMORE 6 81 BROWNS WOODY HAYES 9
1966 IKE KELLEY 17 249 EAGLES WOODY HAYES 10
1971 JIM STILLWAGON 5 124 PACKERS WOODY HAYES 11
1971 DOUG ADAMS 7 165 BRONCOS WOODY HAYES 12
1971 MARK DEBEVC 16 405 BENGALS WOODY HAYES 13
1972 STAN WHITE 17 438 COLTS WOODY HAYES 14
1974 RICK MIDDLETON 1 13 SAINTS WOODY HAYES 15
1974 RANDY GRADISHAR 1 14 BRONCOS WOODY HAYES 16
1974 VIC KOEGEL 12 304 FALCONS WOODY HAYES 17
1975 BRUCE ELIA 4 100 DOLPHINS WOODY HAYES 18
1975 JIM COPE 5 119 BROWNS WOODY HAYES 19
1976 KEN KUHN 7 205 BENGALS WOODY HAYES 20
1976 LARRY KAIN 13 375 STEELERS WOODY HAYES 21
1976 PAT CURTO 16 441 FALCONS WOODY HAYES 22
1977 BOB BRUDZINSKI 1 23 RAMS WOODY HAYES 23
1977 ED THOMPSON 8 210 JETS WOODY HAYES 24
1978 DAVID ADKINS 8 209 FALCONS WOODY HAYES 25
1978 AARON BROWN 10 252 BUCCANEERS WOODY HAYES 26
1979 TOM COUSINEAU 1 1 BILLS WOODY HAYES 27
1980 JIM LAUGHLIN 4 91 FALCONS EARLE BRUCE 28
1981 AL WASHINGTON 4 86 JETS EARLE BRUCE 29
1982 ANTHONY GRIGGS 4 105 EAGLES EARLE BRUCE 30
1984 ROWLAND TATUM 6 165 DOLPHINS EARLE BRUCE 31
1986 PEPPER JOHNSON 2 51 GIANTS EARLE BRUCE 32
1986 BYRON LEE 7 176 EAGLES EARLE BRUCE 33
1986 LARRY KOLIC 7 193 DOLPHINS EARLE BRUCE 34
1987 SCOTT LEACH 9 234 SAINTS EARLE BRUCE 35
1988 CHRIS SPIELMAN 2 29 LIONS EARLE BRUCE 36
1993 STEVE TOVAR 3 59 BENGALS JOHN COOPER 37
1995 CRAIG POWELL 1 30 BROWNS JOHN COOPER 38
1995 LORENZO STYLES 3 77 FALCONS JOHN COOPER 39
1995 PRESTON HARRISON 3 98 CHARGERS JOHN COOPER 40
1997 MATT FINKES 6 189 PANTHERS JOHN COOPER 41
1999 ANDY KATZENMOYER 1 28 PATRIOTS JOHN COOPER 42
2000 NA'IL DIGGS 4 98 PACKERS JOHN COOPER 43
2002 COURTLAND BULLARD 5 167 RAMS JIM TRESSEL 44
2003 CIE GRANT 3 86 SAINTS JIM TRESSEL 45
2003 MATT WILHELM 4 112 CHARGERS JIM TRESSEL 46
2004 ROB REYNOLDS 5 165 TITANS JIM TRESSEL 47
2006 A.J. HAWK 1 5 PACKERS JIM TRESSEL 48
2006 BOBBY CARPENTER 1 18 COWBOYS JIM TRESSEL 49
2006 ANTHONY SCHLEGEL 3 76 JETS JIM TRESSEL 50
2008 VERNON GOHLSTON 1 6 JETS JIM TRESSEL 51
2008 LARRY GRANT 7 214 49ERS JIM TRESSEL 52
2009 JAMES LAURINAITIS 2 35 RAMS JIM TRESSEL 53
2009 MARCUS FREEMAN 5 154 BEARS JIM TRESSEL 54
2010 THADDEUS GIBSON 4 116 STEELERS JIM TRESSEL 55
2010 AUSTIN SPITLER 7 252 DOLPHINS JIM TRESSEL 56
2011 BRIAN ROLLE 6 193 EAGLES JIM TRESSEL 57
2011 ROSS HOMAN 6 200 VIKINGS JIM TRESSEL 58
2013 JOHN SIMON 4 129 RAVENS URBAN MEYER 59
2014 RYAN SHAZIER 1 15 STEELERS URBAN MEYER 60
2016 DARRON LEE 1 20 JETS URBAN MEYER 61
2016 JOSHUA PERRY 4 102 CHARGERS URBAN MEYER 62

Answers to the Questions

Who was the first Buckeye linebacker to get picked in the NFL Draft?
In 1947 the Bears took Tony Adamle in the 10th round with the 105th pick.


What is the longest yearly streak for Ohio State linebackers to get selected?
Nine consecutive years (1974-1982). 


What is the largest amount of Buckeye linebackers selected in a draft? 
Three. It has happened six times (2006, 1995, 1986, 1976, 1974 and 1971).


Who is the highest drafted Ohio State linebacker?
Tom Cousineau was the overall No. 1 pick in the 1979 Draft by the Bills.  


Which decade had the most Buckeye linebackers drafted?
The 1970s with 17.

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