Is This the Golden Age of Buckeyes in the NFL?

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BigWillRIP's picture

I'd say late 90s-early 2000s would rank right up there.  George, Glenn, Galloway, Boston, Pace, Bentley, Robert Smith, Springs, Winfield, Clements, Vrabel, Ryan Pickett.  Those were just off the top of my head, I'm probably missing some.  I actually think over the next 3-5 years, Buckeye NFL prominence will grow.  All the guys you named are like 25 or younger.  Add in there Nick Boss, Chase Young, Haskins, Dobbins, and I'd expect to see more WRs with Day taking over.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

You forgot our own Malcolm Jenkins was Defensive MVP of the Super Bowl last season, too.

20 years ago (1998 and on) we had plenty of our guys still kicking ass in the league. Eddie George was still dominant as were Cris Carter and Joey Galloway. We had All-Pro OLs still playing like Orlando Pace (Hall of Famer) and Jeff Uhlenhake. Shawn Springs was a Pro Bowler back then too. I would say the 1998-2002 stretch we had as much elite talent in the league as we do now. But I will agree, we seem to be seeing a lot of our guys doing well right now.

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Brohio's picture

How could I forget Malcolm?! I’m ashamed. 

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I think we've hit on the two big eras for Buckeyes in the NFL. Surprisingly, Woody's old players had maybe less impact in the NFL than you'd expect. There are only three Buckeyes coached by Woody in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Parker, LeBeau, Warfield), the same number as were coached by Paul Brown, who spent hardly any time in Columbus.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

You're sure making a case for it. Damn!

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Brohio's picture

Sadly, still no QB success at the next level. Here's hoping Dwayne can break the cycle.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

It's pretty impressive. One correction.

Decker are all doing amazing on the line-Except when he plays Khalil Mack. Sorry, as much as I love Buckeys, and Decker, he can't block Khalil worth a damn and I love it.

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Brohio's picture

Khalil Mack can be blocked by someone? News to me. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Considering Decker was a true sophomore making his first career start against that monster I'd say Taylor did as best as he could, especially considering Decker became a First-Round draft pick. Mack is just on another level.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Ohhh no, I get that. I  mean this year. Mack tossed him around a few times this year. He leveled him with a club move and moved Decker aside like he was a child on Thanksgiving then beat him badly a few times a few weeks before that.

Full disclosure, this isn't meant to bash Decker. He's an animal. I just love Khalil Mack.

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

And Dwayne Haskins is set to begin an NFL career that hopefully sees him continue to shatter records held by Drew Brees...

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Sonof'47alum's picture

I saw that ‘95 team at the Kickoff Classic—and it is amazing how many leading players from that one team achieved the highest level of NFL success.  Glenn, George, Pace, Springs, and Vrabel were all Pro Bowl selections.  Rickey Dudley was a High first-round pick and was a Super Bowl champion.

For one team, perhaps that might be the standard for reaching the mountaintop of success.  But I nonetheless agree this is indeed a Golden Age and the 2014 or 2015 team might ultimately equal or surpass the success of the individuals on the great ‘95 team.

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