Sunday’s roundup: 12 Ohio State players drafted
Figuring out who won or lost in an NFL draft takes years, not hours. Finding trends is a whole lot easier.
More than one observer has been asking how Ohio State didn’t win the 2015 Big Ten title, let alone another national championship, after having 12 players selected.
The Chargers, Saints and Bills were most enamored of coach Urban Meyer’s team with two selections each. The Giants, Jets, Cowboys, Lions, Texans and Seahawks each took one. Five Buckeyes went in the opening round.
Saints coach Sean Payton is friends with Meyer, which certainly didn’t hurt as New Orleans considered and then took safety Vonn Bell and receiver Michael Thomas in the second round.
“He and I have been friends for a long time,” Payton said. “I think it matters some.”
Meyer, who worked portions of the draft for NFL Network, was beaming every time one of his players was chosen. And the first of those guys, defensive end Joey Bosa, paid tribute to the coach for paving the way to the NFL.
“The day you walk in on campus at Ohio State he expects you to have that goal to one day play at the next level and play in the NFL,” said Bosa, who went to San Diego with the third overall pick.
“That’s what he strives to help you do. Him and everybody on that staff, he brings in only the best who want to see you succeed and who really care about you and care about your success.”
Bears cut Rolle
The Bears released safety Antrel Rolle and left guard Matt Slauson after sending strong signals in the draft the veterans’ days with the team were numbered.
Rolle, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, has 26 interceptions and 71 pass breakups over 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Giants and Bears.
Slauson, who made 12 starts at left guard and four at center last season, is out after three years in Chicago. He has appeared in 88 games over seven seasons with the Jets (2009-12) and Bears (2013-15).
“Both men did everything we asked of them,” Bears general manager RyanPace said.