If You Could Pick One Player From Ohio State History To Start A Dream Team It Would Be ...

If You Could Pick One Player From Ohio State History To Start A Dream Team It Would Be ...

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If You Could Pick One Player From Ohio State History To Start A Dream Team It Would Be ...


In honor of the NFL Draft taking place this month, we decided to have a little fun at Buckeye Wire and draft dream teams from the historical pool of Ohio State players. It was fun. It was interesting. It created debate.


 

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If You Could Pick One Player From Ohio State History To Start A Dream Team, It Would Be …

The first order of business when drafting an all-time team is deciding where to go first. Do you start at the skill position, get an anchor on the line or get a difference maker on defense?

We went through the exercise of drafting three separate teams with each of our football writing staff members, and the results were interesting to say the least.

So, we’re ready to unveil our picks, but first we’ll provide you with who we took as our first pick and why. In other words, if you could start an all-historical Ohio State dream team, who would be your first pick — and why?

Kick it off Mark, but stand back …

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

PICK

Ezekiel Elliott

Why?

Easy… in today’s game, Zeke is the complete package. Archie crossed my mind, but I don’t even know if the two time Heisman trophy winner would even play RB in an era where everyone is bigger, faster, stronger.

Elliott stands in at an even 6-0, 225 lbs with 4.4 speed. Great vision to hit the smallest of openings. A back that can catch a ball in the flats. Shifty moves to make defenders miss. And probably the most underrated ability, an outstanding pass blocker.

I thought about taking a quarterback with my first pick, but I felt like most of the guys I would take here were all pretty similar and I could get a good one later on.

In a game where players who can do it all are rare, I felt Zeke was more than worthy of my first overall pick.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

PICK

Orlando Pace

Why?

When drafting any team, I adopt a very simple philosophy: pick the best player available.

That’s why Orlando Pace would be my top choice.

Make no mistake about it: the key to Ohio State football is establishing the run, especially under Urban Meyer. Since he took over in 2012, the Buckeyes are 69-5 when they average at least four yards per carry, and 4-3 when they don’t.

Since I wanted my team to run the ball effectively, Pace was the obvious pick. He was punishing run blocker, who had a knack for knocking opponents on their backsides. In fact, he did it so often that people often associate his name with the word pancake.

But, don’t take my word for it: check out all of the players he absolutely destroyed in this video:

Any questions?

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

PICK

Archie Griffin

Why?

The better question would be why wouldn’t you take Archie? Griffin is THE face of the program. Yeah, maybe guys are bigger and stronger today then when the two-time Heisman trophy winner played, but when you watched him run, it was obvious that he was a rare talent that can transcend time.

With a low center of gravity, great vision and enough speed and shiftiness to make defenders miss, there’s a reason he is one of the greatest college football player of all time.

We’ve all hit on this, and I’ll agree too. You’ve got to have a great running game if you are going to do the things you want to do throughout the entire year at Ohio State, and Griffin is as good as they come.

He got the tough yards when all else broke down up front, and was extremely durable despite being given the rock play, after play, after play in the Woody Hayes offense.

The most amazing feat for No. 45? He did all of his damage despite everyone in the stadium knowing he was getting the ball.

Yeah, I’ll take Griffin all day, every day, to start a dream team of historical football players — no offense to Zeke and the pancake man.

Heck, you could make an argument that he’d be the first pick for an all-time college football team across all programs in college football.

 

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