Jenkins was my cutoff on the defensive guys. He did play in 10 games as a true freshman at nickel but I don't think he was technically a starter. I believe Springs redshirted his first season ('93) before starting in '94 so he wasn't considered for this list.
Hat tip to you, sir.
Agreed. The title was more about the NFL/graduation raiding our roster of pass catchers.
Derp. My bad. Thanks for the call out. Fixed.
I had Lin Houston on my own excel sheet but he didn't make the final grid on the article because fell just shy of playing in 100 games (98) with 19 starts. Not bad for an 11th round pick (106th pick overall) of the 1944 Draft.
As for Mr. Bill Willis, I covered him when I hit the Defensive Linemen a few weeks back. Top of the list: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/ohio-state-football/2016/02/68148/reviewing-pro-careers-of-former-buckeye-defensive-linemen-as-joey-bosa-and-adolphus
Thanks for reading/feedback!
Agree, B4L, Craft actually got worse as a three-point shooter during his time at OSU. He shot 38% as a frosh which is doable then fell to 36% as a soph then 30% as a junior and senior putting him at 33% for his career. He shot 51% on two-pointers for his career.
I grouped Matte in with the running backs since the majority of his NFL time came at that position, I believe.
Yeah, if I do it, I will shrink down the pool presented in article format. I already researched all the player names and their years in the league. It's a huge list though there are tons of fringe dudes with careers that wouldn't warrant a mention. Not being familiar with all the old-timers, I still spend a ton of time researching/verifying that a name unfamiliar to me didn't have a productive 10-year career wayyyy back in the day.
Was thinking I might do that after I round out the series looking at QB's next week. I technically still have OL to do but not sure I want to take that on. About a billion OSU guys have played in NFL. The time to research might be more than I want to deal with for a position absent a lot of available/quantifiable metrics.
I honestly just forgot to put him on the last chart. He has started one game, appearing in 20, and has 5 catches for 47 yards.
Roby didn't make the graphs due to just 32 games and six starts which are obviously going to increase in the coming years. I meant to include him in my last few sentences and forgot. Added now.
Youboty has 49 games and Chekwa has 32; both were mentioned. Russell didn't make the cut. Appeared in just 8 games, zero starts in secondary.
Haha! Oops, fixed.
I hear you. A 13-year career is nothing to sneeze at but obviously being the #1 overall pick in the Draft comes with some heavy expectations.
Gibson was a 4th rounder in 2010. Appeared in just four games over two seasons. Didn't make the cut to talk about.
Pitcock was a 3rd rounder in 2007 Draft. Played in only nine games, starting one so he didn't make the brief-summary cut.