A pair of former Ohio State players heard their names called on the third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft while more than a half dozen others signed with teams as free agents.
The first Buckeye taken on day three was John Simon, a defensive lineman at Ohio State who figures to play outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, who used a fourth-round pick (No. 129 overall) on the Youngstown, Ohio, native.
Simon is only the second Buckeye drafted by the Ravens since the franchise moved from Cleveland following the 1995 season. He joins quarterback Troy Smith, who was a fifth-round pick in 2007.
The next Buckeye off the board Saturday was Reid Fragel, an offensive tackle who is headed south to Cincinnati after the Bengals chose him with the 34th pick in the seventh round (No. 240 overall).
Fragel is the 17th Ohio State player picked by the Bengals, who were founded by former Ohio State coach Paul Brown in 1967, and the second in as many years. Running back Dan Herron was a sixth-round choice of the Bengals in 2012, ending a 17-year gap without the franchise picking an OSU product.
Since the completion of the draft, multiple reports have indicated seven former Buckeyes found teams via free agency – fullback Zach Boren (Houston Texans), defensive lineman Garrett Goebel (St. Louis Rams), cornerback Travis Howard and Orhian Johnson (both with the Houston Texans), linebackers Etienne Sabino (New York Giants) and Nathan Williams (Minnesota Vikings) and tight end Jake Stoneburner (Green Bay Packers).
With three members, the 2013 draft class matched 2001 for fewest in the past 15 for Ohio State. In 1998, there were no Ohio State players drafted for the only time in the 78 years of the event.
The 2013 draft also closes the door on the 2008 draft class, a star-studded group that was ranked fourth in the country and included six five-star prospects as well as seven four-stars and six three-stars.
The 2008 class was the first since the group that signed in 1999 to include no one who was picked in the first round, and its three total draftees (offensive lineman Mike Adamsand wide receiver DeVier Posey, who were both picked last year, and quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was a supplemental pick in 2011) match the 2001 signing class for fewest in the past 15 years at Ohio State.
In that regard, the 2002 signing class remains unmatched during that timespan with 12 draftees in total. It is followed by the 1998 class, which had 11 future draftees despite containing only 16 players in total.