The Ohio Factor

This year the two of the biggest impact players for the Browns are Carlos Hyde and Denzel Ward. Both of whom were born in Ohio. Hyde was born in Cincinnati while Ward was born in Macedonia, just a 45-minute drive to First Energy Stadium. Why does this matter?

The Buckeye state is a powerhouse when it comes to football players. From 2013 through 2017 Ohio produced 4.8% of all four and five-star college football recruits. This is ranked fifth out of all states. A good portion of Ohio State’s roster every year is made up of Ohio recruits.

Could this be because they want the chance to play for the team they cheered for growing up? Possibly. The numbers do not lie, however. There are 42 current NFL players that have played for Ohio State.

When Buckeyes enter the NFL its not in a small way either. In four out of the last five years, there have been at least two Buckeyes drafted in the first round. In 2016 there were five drafted in the first round. Over the past ten years, 56 Buckeyes have been drafted which is the third most out of all football schools.

How many NFL players were born in Ohio you ask? Over 1,000 in the history of the league. Some current big name players are Ben Roethlisberger, Luke Keuchly, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt, and Ted Ginn Jr. I guess you could say Ohio is a pretty good football state.