The first round of the NFL draft came and went last night, and Ohio State tackle Mike Adams didn’t get a call, just the fifth time in the past 14 drafts a Buckeyes player wasn’t picked in the first round.
Adams should learn his fate soon enough tonight, though, when the second and third rounds of the seven-round affair take place.As for the rest of the Buckeyes eligible for this year’s draft — led by center Michael Brewster, receiver DeVier Posey and running back Daniel Herron — they knew their first chances weren’t going to come until today.
“It will make for a more pressure-filled day, I’m sure,” Posey said yesterday.
That’s because, as Brewster said, not going on the second day could make for a restless night heading into Saturday’s final four rounds.
“I’m feeling good; my day is hopefully (today), but you never know,” Brewster said.
The point of this exercise, though, is to gain a call from someone before the draft ends Saturday.
“I’ll be happy with anything that’s a good team, and more importantly, a great situation for myself,” Brewster said.
Depending on the projection being used, Brewster ranged from being the third-best center available to the sixth or seventh. But as a captain of the Buckeyes last season and as an All-American the year before, the four-year starter thought he proved a lot of things on the field. Then came the pre-draft scrutiny.
“In the last three months, I think I proved a lot to the scouts, and I think people will be surprised about the outcome (of the draft for him) compared to the rankings,” Brewster said.
Posey served a 10-game NCAA suspension at the start of last season. Therefore, he didn’t have the senior year he had hoped, had to answer a lot of questions and tried to put his best foot forward in the past three months.
“I did my best, and now it’s out of my control,” said Posey, who has been projected to go anywhere from the third round to the sixth. “I’m trying my best to keep reminding myself of that.”
Yet he’s just a glorified spectator at this point, at least until his phone rings.
“I’m just kind of anxious, I want to know what’s going to happen,” Posey said. “I’m just looking forward to finding out, then getting in there with my new team and start working.”