Thaddeus Gibson Was Not Drafted: That's Some Good News

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IApril 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive lineman Thaddeus Gibson of Ohio State runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Have you been on the fence regarding the Buckeyes’ upcoming season and their chances for major success? Are you silently worried that Ohio State’s talent level is not on par with Alabama, Texas, or USC? Did one great performance by Terrelle Pryor leave you unconvinced?

Fear not, you’re not alone and now you can take comfort in something recent, and mostly unrelated, to the fortunes of the 2010 Ohio State squad: Thaddeus Gibson has not been drafted, yet.

I have nothing against Thad. Honestly. I just have a thing for patterns and history. Over the last two evenings, no Ohio State player has been drafted in rounds one through three. And, that is good news (for the current players anyway).

See, the last time no former Ohio State player was drafted in those early rounds was the 1998 NFL Draft when precisely zero OSU players were taken in the 241 selections. As I mentioned a while ago, following that draft drought Ohio State went on to field their best team in decades.

The 2010 Draft is unlikely to end in the same way as Gibson, and others, will likely come off the board before this thing is over. If, for some reason, there is a repeat of the 1998 version you can kick your heels up knowing that there is one more trend pointing in the right direction.