EXCLUSIVE: 6 things you didn't know about Ohio colleges draft history

Hometown: Plantation, Fla.; College: Ohio State, Drafted No. 15 by the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Hometown: Plantation, Fla.; College: Ohio State, Drafted No. 15 by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Ohio State is eyeing the University of Miami's record of six first-round NFL Draft selections, set in 2004, when this year's draft begins on Thursday.

Teams choosing Buckeyes will add to more than 1,000 all-time selections of Ohio college players in the NFL and AFL drafts.

Here are some things you might not have known about Ohio colleges' history in the pro football drafts.

Data: Pro Football Reference

Note: Some players were drafted by both the NFL and AFL, which shows up in the data as two separate picks.

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Ohio quarterbacks have been picked 40 times

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger puts on his helmet before taking the field for a 2001 practice at Miami University. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The Baltimore Colts picked Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter No. 4 overall in the 1982 draft, making him the highest quarterback selection in Ohio college history.

That's one of 40 selections NFL and AFL teams have used on quarterbacks from Ohio colleges, ranging from Schlichter, Cincinnati's Greg Cook (5th overall to the Bengals in 1969) and Miami University's Ben Roethlisberger (11th overall to the Steelers in 2004) to Miami's Larry Fortner (327th overall to the Dolphins in 1979), John Carroll's Larry Wanke (334th overall to the New York Giants in 1991) and Ohio State's Ron Maciejowski (376th overall to the Bears in 1971).

Here's a look at the 15 highest picks spent on quarterbacks from Ohio colleges (not including the supplemental draft):

Year Round Pick Name School Team
1982 1 4 Art Schlichter Ohio State B. Colts
1969 1 5 Greg Cook Cincinnati Bengals
2004 1 11 Ben Roethlisberger Miami Steelers
1973 2 37 Ron Jaworski Youngstown State L.A. Rams
1960 6 61 Jacky Lee Cincinnati Chicago Cardinals
2005 3 67 Charlie Frye Akron Browns
1978 3 68 Mark Miller Bowling Green Browns
1988 3 68 Tom Tupa Ohio State Phoenix Cardinals
1955 7 74 Dave Leggett Ohio State Chicago Cardinals
1996 3 85 Bobby Hoying Ohio State Eagles
1976 4 97 Gene Swick Toledo Browns
1999 4 101 Joe Germaine Ohio State St. Louis Rams
1965 13 103 Charlie Green Wittenberg Boston Patriots
1977 5 121 Cliff Stoudt Youngstown State Steelers
2004 5 148 Craig Krenzel Ohio State Bears

The Browns have spent more picks on Ohio college players than any team

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Miami University running back Travis Prentice, seen here in a 1999 game against Marshall, was picked in the third round by the Cleveland Browns in 2000. AIMEE OBIDZINSKI / STAFF

Cleveland has used 85 of its draft picks on Ohio college players since 1950, by far the most of any NFL or AFL team. Pittsburgh is second on the list, with 57.

The highest-picked Ohio college player by the Browns was Ohio State linebacker Jim Houston, who was the No. 8 overall pick in 1960. The lowest came from Defiance College: defensive back Ben Davis (17th round, 439th overall, 1967).

There have been 48 different NFL and AFL teams to use draft picks on Ohio college players.

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

The NFL Draft's first Mr. Irrelevent came from Dayton

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Kelvin Kirk of the University of Dayton was the first Mr. Irrelevant in NFL Draft. CONTRIBUTED

Every year, beginning in 1976, the last player picked in the NFL Draft has been dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant." The first of those was a University of Dayton wide receiver named Kelvin Kirk.

Kirk was picked No. 487 overall (17th round) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976, also making him the lowest-picked Ohio college player ever. Ohio State guard Scott Dannelley is closest to Kirk in that regard, at pick No. 482 in the same draft.

Here, the 10 lowest-picked players in Ohio college history:

Year Round Pick Name School Position Team
1976 17 487 Kelvin Kirk Dayton WR Steelers
1976 17 482 Scott Dannelley Ohio State G Bengals
1976 17 463 Clarence Sanders Cincinnati LB Chargers
1976 16 450 Mike Green Ohio K Dolphins
1976 17 441 Pat Curto Ohio State LB Falcons
1971 17 441 Don Notingham Kent State RB B. Colts
1967 17 439 Ben Davis Defiance DB Browns
1972 17 438 Stan White Ohio State LB B. Colts
1976 16 435 Gene Jones Bowling Green T Saints
1973 17 435 Earl Belgrave Ohio State T Lions

29 schools have seen at least one player drafted

Ohio State leads the Ohio pack with 435 selections. Next is Cincinnati, at 114, making those the only two Ohio schools with at least 100 selections in their history.

Miami University ranks third in Ohio college history with 83 draft selections, including four in the Top 20: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at No. 11 overall in 2004 to the Steelers, defensive tackle Tom Nomina at No. 13 overall to the Denver Broncos in the AFL Draft and No. 15 overall to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL Draft in 1963 and linebacker Bob Babich at No. 18 overall to the San Diego Chargers in 1969.

There are also some colleges not as common in the draft, including Bluffton, Defiance, Marietta, Wilmington and Wooster, which have each seen one player drafted.

Dayton players have been selected 43 times. The highest of those was Emil Karas to the Washington Redskins with the 28th overall pick in 1959. Karas went on to become an initial member of the Chargers Hall of Fame.

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

1963 was the best year for Ohio college players drafted

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

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Ohio college players NFL aand AFL draft history

Miami University defensive tackle Tom Nomina, in a 1962 photo.

In 1963, with picks in 20 rounds, a total of 37 NFL and AFL selections were used on Ohio college players. The highest of that group was Ohio State tackle Bob Vogel, who was the fifth overall selection to the Baltimore Colts.

Twelve of the players picked that year were selections of both AFL and NFL teams, led by Miami University defensive tackle Tom Nomina, who was the 13th pick to the Broncos in the AFL and 15th to the L.A. Rams in the NFL.

Nearly seven dozen first-round picks have been used on Ohio college players

NFL and AFL teams have used 81 first-round picks on players from Ohio colleges. Defensive backs and tackles (13 picks each) have been the most common positions picked in the first round out of Ohio colleges. Linebacker (11) is the other position with more than 10 first-round selections.

Twenty of those 81 picks have come since 2000.

The most recent non-Ohio State first-round picks from Ohio schools are: Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (11th overall to the Steelers in 2004), Central State defensive end Hugh Douglas (16th overall to the Jets in 1995), Toledo defensive end Dan Williams (11th overall to the Broncos in 1993) and Cincinnati defensive tackle Bob Bell (21st overall to the Lions in 1971).

Here's a look at Top 5 selections from Ohio colleges:

Year Pick Player School Position Team
1979 1 Tom Cousineau Ohio State LB Bills
1994 1 Dan Wilkinson Ohio State DT Bengals
1997 1 Orlando Pace Ohio State T Rams
1938 2 Jim McDonald Ohio State B Eagles
1956 3 Howard Cassady Ohio State HB Lions
1964 3 Matt Snell Ohio State RB Jets
1974 3 John Hicks Ohio State G Giants
1997 3 Shawn Springs Ohio State DB Seahawks
1978 4 Chris Ward Ohio State T Jets
1982 4 Art Schlichter Ohio State QB Baltimore Colts
1962 5 Bob Ferguson Ohio State FB Steelers
1963 5 Bob Vogel Ohio State T Baltimore Colts
1969 5 Greg Cook Cincinnati QB Bengals
2006 5 A.J. Hawk Ohio State LB Packers

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