Buckeyes Challenge Draft Records of 2010 Sooners, 2004 Hurricanes, 1984 Longhorns
By Chris Malumphy
The Ohio State Buckeyes hope to have a dozen or more players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, including five or perhaps even six in the first round. Nevertheless, it is doubtful that the Buckeyes will come even close to the draft value NFL teams expended on the seven Oklahoma Sooners drafted in 2010.
While the draft value chart is commonly used by NFL teams to provide a general indication of the value of particular draft picks to evaluate proposed trades, it can also be used in retrospect to see how the league's teams valued particular players, or the overall talent of each college, at draft time. While the draft value chart is not followed religiously and attempts to improve upon it have been made, it remains a fun conversation starter for those who want to determine which teams, colleges or positions had the most draft value expended on them. Of course, as you might hear in any automobile advertisement, actual mileage may vary.
Since the draft was set to seven rounds in 1994 when 28 teams were in the NFL, the league has not spent more draft capital on any collegiate team than the 2010 Oklahoma Sooners. In fact no team has come close. The Sooners drafted in 2010 included 1st rounders quarterback Sam Bradford (1st, 3,000 points of draft value, Rams), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (3rd, 2,200, Buccaneers), tackle Trent Williams (4th, 1,800, Redskins) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (21st, 800, Bengals). Also drafted from Oklahoma in 2010 were linebacker Keenan Clayton (4th round, 121st pick overall, 52 points of draft value, Eagles), defensive back Dominique Franks (5th, 135th, 38.5, Falcons), and tight end Brody Eldridge (5th, 162nd, 27.6, Colts). Overall 7,198.1 draft value points were used on the Sooners in 2010. The only non-Oklahoma player to squeeze into the top four players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft was Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (2nd, 2,600, Lions).
While the amount of draft value expended on the 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes will undoubtedly be impressive, the draft value record of the 2010 Oklahoma Sooners is unlikely to seriously challenged. The Mock Draft of MMQB's Peter King projects that five Buckeyes will go in the first round with: running back Ezekial Elliott going to the Cowboys with the 4th pick, defensive end Joey Bosa being selected by the Cowboys with pick number six, cornerback Eli Apple to the Dolphins at 13, outside linebacker Darron Lee getting drafted by the Falcons at 17 and tackle Tyler Decker being taken to protect QB Andrew Luck for the Colts with the 18th choice. That alone would total 6,400 points on the draft value chart: Elliott 1,800; Bosa 1,600; Apple 1,150; Lee 950; and Decker 900. It is also possible that wide receiver Michael Thomas could slip into the first round, although that is not among King's projections, as many see Thomas as more likely being an early 2nd rounder. A slew of other Buckeyes are also available in the draft, including some that might fit into the 2nd or 3rd rounds: safety Vonn Bell, wide receiver Braxton Miller, outside linebacker Joshua Perry, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, tight end Nick Vennet, quarterback Cardale Jones, safety Tyvis Powell. There are even more Buckeyes eligible to be drafted but some may be passed over entirely such as wide receiver Jalin Marshall, guard Chase Farris, center Jacoby Boren, wide receiver Corey Smith and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt. However, since draft value points steadily decrease draft selection by draft selection, those taken later in the draft won't add much to the Buckeye's overall total. After the five expected first rounders, the remainder of the eligible Buckeye's would need to accumulate more than 1,500 draft value points, which is exceedingly unlikely. If Ohio State does not produce at least nine or ten players in the first two rounds, Oklahoma's record will be safe.
And unless Thomas is selected in the first round, or some other Buckeye unexpectedly sneaks in, Ohio State won't even tie the record for the most 1st rounders selected from a college in a single draft. The 2004 Miami Hurricanes currently hold that record with six: safety Sean Taylor (5th, Redskins), tight end Kellen Winslow (6th, Browns), linebacker Jonathan Vilma (12th, Jets), linebacker D.J. Williams (17th, Broncos), guard Vernon Carey (19th, Dolphins), defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (21st Patriots). The 2004 Hurricanes garnered the second most draft value on any team with nine picks (the three others being 7th rounders) totaling 7,139.1 draft value points.
That 18 Buckeyes could be drafted and that a dozen or more are likely to hear their names called from the stage during the 2016 NFL Draft by Commissioner Roger Goodell or his seconds is indeed impressive. But Ohio State's chances of challenging the record for the college with the most players selected in a draft are not good either. Unless all 18 Ohio State players are selected, the record for the most players picked from any one college will remain with the 1984 Texas Longhorns at 17.
Of course, nothing is final until Mr. Irrelevant is chosen with the last pick in the draft.
|Most Draft Value Expended On A College In A Single Draft|
Total Value: 7,918.10
|2004 Miami (FL)|
Total Value: 7,139.10
|Kellen Winslow Jr||1||6||6||Browns||TE||1,600.00|
|1993 Notre Dame|
Total Value: 6,844.40
Total Value: 6,373.00
|1997 Ohio State|
Total Value: 6,145.80
|1995 Penn State|
Total Value: 6,100.60
Total Value: 5,991.85
|2006 Ohio State|
Total Value: 5,906.00
|1997 Florida State|
Total Value: 5,831.70
|2000 Penn State|
Total Value: 5,820.00
Total Value: 5,753.60
|Taitusi (Deuce) Lutui||2||9||41||Cardinals||G||490.00|
|2015 Florida State|
Total Value: 5,691.50
Total Value: 5,591.10
|John David Booty||5||2||137||Vikings||QB||37.50|