The Ohio State QB history is so perplexing. Since 1980, they’ve had 20 different QBs lead the team in passing & list includes some elite college guys, but the only one to start more than 5 games and finish with a winning record in the NFL is… Mike Tomczak, who went undrafted.
Meanwhile, of those 20 QBs, 13 were drafted, but just two in the first round — two of the all-time busts.

Art Schlicter & Dwayne Haskins.

Schlicter, 0-8 as an NFL starter.
Haskins, 3-9.
Cardale Jones won a national title. Troy Smith a Heisman. JT Barrett, Braxton Miller, Terrelle Pryor… all terrific college QBs. They combined for 18 NFL starts.
And you can’t peg this to a coach or system… This is a 40-year track record where the most successful post college QB from one of the top programs in the country is Kirk Herbstreit.
I also want to say… there is ZERO reason to think any of this should matter for how teams evaluate Justin Fields. These are independent variables. It’s just inexplicable that this has happened over such a long period of time for so many QBs.

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1 Bama, 21.65%
2 UNC, 18.91%
3 Miss, 18.61%
4 UF, 18.03%
5 Clemson, 17.92%
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68 Cuse, 7.66%
72 Cincy, 6.43%
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2 Baylor, 6.37%
3 UGA, 6.77%
4 Army, 7.45%
5 Miss St, 7.46%
6 BYU, 7.52%
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25 Miami, 11.73%
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50 Aub, 13.51%
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71 Wake, 20%
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2 BYU, 10.37%
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4 Clemson, 8.74%
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6 ULL, 6.77%
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