Four hundred and five draft picks. Sixty-seven first-round selections.
Only two schools have had more players drafted into the NFL than Ohio State. Those numbers serve as proof that OSU is the Big Ten’s best entryway into the NFL, but it also reflects the program’s long and rich history.
Which former Buckeyes went on to have the best professional careers?
With hundreds of options, determining that can’t be accomplished with a simple glance at the stats. Pro Bowl appearances, All-Pro selections and, of course, Super Bowl rings are a big factor.
10. Mike Vrabel
Mike Vrabel might not have the stats or Pro Bowl selections of other players on this list, but his jewelry collection sets him apart.
Vrabel won three Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots. His best year—and lone Pro Bowl selection—came in 2007 when he piled up 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks from his outside linebacker spot.
He was versatile, though, something Patriots coach Bill Belichick identified early. Vrabel was occasionally used in goal-line packages, and throughout his 14-year career that spanned three teams, he caught 10 passes, all of which were touchdowns.
9. Dick LeBeau
Long before Dick LeBeau was guiding the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowls as a defensive coordinator, he was a pivotal member of one of the NFL’s best secondaries.
LeBeau, originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns, wound up playing cornerback for the…