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Ohio State poised to repeat its NFL rookie revolution, Mike Brewster gets another shot, and more

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Today is Wednesday, May 10, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Can Ohio State rookies dominate the NFL again?

Were it not for an injury to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Ohio State might have had the offensive and defensive rookies of the year in the NFL last season.

San Diego defensive end Joey Bosa finished with 10.5 sacks and won the defensive honor despite playing just 12 games. On the offensive side of the ball, Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott put together a compelling case but was beaten out by teammate Dak Prescott.

Ohio State had five players drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft — 12 in the first four rounds. Taylor Decker started at left tackle for the Lions. Wide receiver Michael Thomas set Saints rookie records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The list goes on and on.

ESPN believes the Buckeyes just sent to the league another banner crop of rookie talent. Reporters picked the player they think will have the best rookie season for each NFL team, and four of the 32 choices were Ohio State players. One of them, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, wasn’t the top draft pick of his team. The rest were the trio of first-rounders — cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, and safety Malik Hooker.

ESPN pegged all four players to start as rookies, which would be an impressive feat for the quartet of defenders. Here’s what the network had to say about Lattimore:

The obvious choice — for good reason. The Saints were thrilled when Lattimore fell to them with the 11th pick in the draft, because they had him graded among their top four overall prospects. Plus, he filled one of their two most glaring needs (cornerback and edge rusher). Lattimore had just one year of full-time starting experience at Ohio State after he battled hamstring issues early in his career, but he is a blazing-fast cover corner who should give this defense a boost.

The rest of the assessments can be read here.

Mike Brewster gets another shot

Former Ohio State center Mike Brewster hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2013, but he’s going to have at least one more shot to stick in the pros.

Brewster was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 but was cut before the 2014 season. He stuck around on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, but hasn’t been with an NFL team since 2015. He spent this year in the Spring League. What’s that? Glad you asked. Here’s the league’s description of itself:

The Spring League was created in early 2016 to serve as an instructional league and developmental platform for professional football talent. The League conducts practices and “live” exhibition games that are played in accordance to NFL rules. Our teaching staffs are composed exclusively of individuals with NFL coaching experience. On-field practices and games are supplemented with classroom instruction and film study.

The Spring League also functions as a scouting event for NFL and CFL teams. During the 2017 season, 10 NFL teams, along with 2 CFL teams, attended both practices and games to evaluate talent. To date, over 20 NFL teams have requested practice and game film from The Spring League’s 2017 season.

Brewster’s performance in the West Virginia-based league appears to have paid off, as he will get a minicamp tryout with the New York Giants.

Script Mow-hio

Summer is coming, which means the lawnmowers will be out in full force. For Ohio State fans searching for a new look, Buckeyes fan Vince Tornero has you covered.

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• Former Michigan DE Frank Clark should probably stop tweeting.

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