Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football programs, and that lifeblood runs directly through the NFL Draft. Teams across the country twists metrics to tout their program as one of the few that can offer a viable path to professional football.
That doesn't need to happen at Ohio State, where the proof is in the draftees. Still, it's always interesting to look at how the Buckeyes have dominated the modern era (read: the last 25 drafts) compared to their peers.
- 1st Round: 7 Points
- 2nd Round: 6 Points
- 3rd Round: 5 Points
- 4th Round: 4 Points
- 5th Round: 3 Points
- 6th Round: 2 Points
- 7th Round: 1 Point
Using that system, it's clear Ohio State has dominated the last 25 years of the draft.
(Note: These numbers include the supplemental draft, which means some 2018 numbers have yet to be added.)
The local team's advantage continues if you remove the point system and look at the raw data of players drafted.
The Jon Cooper, Jim Tressel, Luke Fickell, and Urban Meyer programs have produced quantity and quality. The Buckeyes have the most first and third round selections in the last 25 years.
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The Buckeyes also showed they they're "DBU," leading the way with 38 defensive backs selected.