Mike Weber waited and waited and waited, but finally got his name called five hours into the final day of the NFL Draft Saturday evening, getting picked by the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 218 overall pick or the fourth pick of the seventh and final round.
Weber, who was The News Dream Team running back during his senior year with Detroit Cass Tech, will join former Ohio State teammate Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in his rookie year with the Cowboys in 2016.
Weber earned a spot on The News Dream Team following his senior year at Cass Tech in 2014 when he rushed for 2,265 yards and 29 touchdowns, including a career-high 404 yards and five touchdowns in a regional final win over Chippewa Valley. He finished his career with 5,500 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Weber originally committed to Michigan before Brady Hoke’s problems emerged, then opted to attend and play at Ohio State, where he had 2,757 career rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during his three-year career.
After red-shirting his freshman year, Weber had his lone 1,000-yard season in 2016 after replacing Elliott, who was the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys, rushing for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging six yards a carry.
Weber had 81 fewer carries in 2017, still averaging 6.2 yards while rushing for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns while splitting time with J.K. Dobbins. He rushed for 954 yards (5.5 average) and scored five touchdowns this past fall, again splitting time with Dobbins who rushed for 1,403 yards (7.2 average) in 2017 and 1,053 (4.6) in 2018.
Weber was the ninth Ohio State player picked in the draft. There were 20 running backs picked prior to the Cowboys grabbing Weber, including a pair of Memphis running backs (Darrell Henderson, third round by the Rams; Tony Pollard, fourth round by the Cowboys).
“It was fun to play with Mike Weber, he’s a character,” said Ohio State center Michael Jordan, who was picked by the Bengals in the fourth round. “He’s a hard worker and whatever team picks him is going to get a steal and they’re going to see how much he’s really worth.”