Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL: 2013 Season review

Jonathan Daniel

With the 2013 season in the books, the Holy Land highlights which Buckeyes stood out in The League.

The NFL's regular season is officially in the books, and the same came be said for the majority of the 35 former Buckeyes currently active on NFL rosters. The 2013 season wasn't the kindest to the former members of the Scarlet and Gray, seeing as we only really heard about the same core-seven guys.

That being said, we here at LGHL found it fitting to supply our loyal readers with a season review editions of Buckeyes in the NFL. First up: offensive players.

The 2013 season was off to a bad start for Steelers OT Mike Adams, who was stabbed in the summer in an attempted robbery. Adams made a full recovery, playing in 15 games on the Steelers injury-ravaged offensive line.

Nick Mangold, for the eighth straight year, started every game he played in for the New York Jets (126 games). In his fourth-consecutive year as a Lion, G Rob Sims started every single game in Detroit's letdown of a 2012 season, and for the second year in a row, Alex Boone started all 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Jake McQuaide found a home in St. Louis as the Rams long snapper, playing in all 16 games this season.

QB Terrelle Pryor started 9 games for the Raiders, spread throughout the season after suffering a knee injury and momentarily losing his job to rookie Matt McGloin. Pryor finished the season 156-for-272 (57.4 percent), passing for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Rushing the ball, Pryor set a Raiders quarterback record, running for 576 yards and seven touchdowns, coughing up two fumbles on 83 attempts.

As the kids say these days, the struggle was real for the former Buckeye wide receivers and tight ends, Brian Hartline and TG2 aside. Hartline accounted for 76 receptions for 1,1016 yards but just four touchdowns, playing as a possession receiver for Miami. Ted Ginn Jr. had 36 receptions for 556 yards and five touchdowns for the Panthers. Santonio Holmes had 23 receptions for 456 yards and one solo touchdown for the Jets.

Mike Nugent had a solid year kicking for the Bengals, making 18-of-22 attempts, his longest coming from 54 yards out. Nuge was 52-53 on extra point attempts, giving him a grand total of 106 points on the year.

And now: defensive players.

Steelers DE Cameron Heyward led the former Buckeye linemen, racking up 59 tackles (seventh on the team) and five sacks in 2013. A.J. Hawk had 118 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one interception for the Packers, with the Rams James Laurinaitis right behind him. Laurinaitis had 116 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions for St. Louis.

Donte Whitner had 73 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in the 49ers secondary. Malcolm Jenkins followed suit in the New Orleans secondary, earning 68 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Receiving play time late in the season, Oakland Raider CB Chimdi Chekwa racked up 23 tackles, making a strong case as a legitimate option for Oakland in the future.

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