Look: Graphic shows just how much Ohio State has dominated Big Ten in NFL Draft picks

Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Ohio State football program is where you go to get drafted out of the Big Ten.

From Urban Meyer to Ryan Day, the Ohio State football program does a better job of sending more players to the NFL than any other Big Ten school.

Since 2016, the Ohio State Buckeyes have had 44 of their former players drafted. This is 13 more than their arch-rival Michigan and 21 more than Penn State.

In fact, Ohio State players account for over 21 percent of all Big Ten players selected in the last four NFL Drafts. While they may not have as many first-rounders this year as in years past, look for Ohio State to keep owning the Big Ten.

Ohio State football has dominated the Big Ten on the field so it only makes sense they lead the way with draft picks.


Ohio State football program gets more Big Ten players drafted than anyone

What this graphic illustrates more than anything is the gap between Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten. This is a microcosm of why the Buckeyes are the only team in the Big Ten that can regularity compete with the likes of Clemson and whatever team comes out of the SEC in the College Football Playoff. They are a Midwestern school recruiting like a Southeastern blue-blood.

Yes, the state of Ohio is a talent-rich state in terms of recruiting, but a program like Ohio State must and will continue to recruit nationally. That is what the big boys like Alabama and Clemson due and it is why these are the three best programs in the Power 5 currently. Other strong programs like Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon recruit at or around this level as well.

Look for Ohio State to have close to 50 players drafted in the last five drafts after Saturday.

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