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Jalin Marshall, Tyvis Powell survive final NFL roster cuts

A dozen former Ohio State players fell victim to the final 53-man roster cuts.

New York Jets v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The 2016 NFL regular season is less than a week away and teams have made their final roster cuts. There were quite a few former Ohio State players who were waived ahead of the final 53-man rosters, but two of the 2016 undrafted free agents beat the odds and solidified their place in the league.

While there is still a chance for a waived player to be picked up by another squad, most of the 12 players cut have been on the receiving end of that news more than once in their short NFL careers. In addition to the 12 players cut, three were placed on IR/PUP lists and 37 made final active rosters.

With so many Buckeyes in the league, there will be few games played without at least one former Ohio State player in the starting lineup.


Despite collegiate success, utilization doesn't always translate to the NFL, as evidenced by a few of the repeats on the waived list the past few years. Players like Chimdi Chekwa, Boom Herron and DeVier Posey have bounced around to a few different teams in the past 12 months, and still haven't found a landing spot. Herron tweeted after news of his release, hinting toward facing a future without football.

Two of the 2016 undrafted free agents -- Chase Farris and Joel Hale -- didn't make it past the first round of cuts despite additional snaps in the preseason due to injuries. Doran Grant and Jake Stoneburner spent the 2015 season on (and occasionally off) the practice squad, but were officially let go ahead of the 2016 season.

Christian Bryant Los Angeles Rams Safety
Chimdi Chekwa Miami Dolphins Cornerback
Chase Farris* Detroit Lions Offensive Lineman
Reid Fragel Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Tackle
Curtis Grant Tennessee Titans Linebacker
Doran Grant Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback
Joel Hale* Tampa Bay Buccaneers Guard
Daniel Herron Buffalo Bills Running Back
DeVier Posey Denver Broncos Wide Receiver
Rod Smith Dallas Cowboys Running Back
Jake Stoneburner Los Angeles Rams Tight End
Donald Washington Pittsburgh Steelers Strong Safety

*2016 undrafted free agent

Injured Reserve/PUP

Two of the three players heading into the 2016 season injured are second year players Michael Bennett and Devin Smith. Smith might be in a precarious situation when he finally rejoins the Jets, as rookie -- and former Ohio State teammate -- Jalin Marshall, has stepped into the role meant for Smith. The second year player was never able to click on special teams and spent most of his rookie year injured -- with limited production and results, his spot could be in jeopardy upon his return.

Michael Bennett Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive Tackle IR list
Corey Linsley Green Bay Packers Center PUP list
Devin Smith New York Jets Wide Receiver PUP list

Final landing spots

There were four undrafted free agents following the 2016 NFL Draft, but Jalin Marshall and Tyvis Powell are the two who earned full time roles in the NFL. Marshall showed off in the preseason for the Jets on both offense and special teams; his 80-plus yard kick return in Week 1 earned notice from the coaching staff. Powell likewise showed off in his NFL debut pulling in his first interception as the newest member of the Legion of Boom in Seattle.

Mike Adams Chicago Bears Offensive Lineman
Eli Apple New York Giants Cornerback
Darryl Baldwin Dallas Cowboys Tackle
Vonn Bell New Orleans Saints Safety
Alex Boone Minnesota Vikings Guard
Joey Bosa San Diego Chargers Defensive End
Corey Brown Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver
Kurt Coleman Carolina Panthers Defensive Back
Taylor Decker Detroit Lions Offensive Tackle
Nate Ebner New England Patriots Defensive Back
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas Cowboys Running Back
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers Wide Receiver
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants Defensive Tackle
Jeff Heuerman Denver Broncos Tight End
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers Running Back
Malcolm Jenkins Philadelphia Eagles Free Safety
Cardale Jones Buffalo Bills Quarterback
James Laurinaitis New Orleans Saints Linebacker
Darron Lee New York Jets Linebacker
Nick Mangold New York Jets Center
Jalin Marshall New York Jets Wide Receiver
Jake McQuaide Los Angeles Rams Center
Jack Mewhort Indianapolis Colts Offensive Guard
Braxton Miller Houston Texans Wide Receiver
Andrew Norwell Carolina Panthers Offensive Guard
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals Place kicker
Joshua Perry San Diego Chargers Linebacker
Tyvis Powell Seattle Seahawks Safety
Terrelle Pryor Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver
Bradley Roby Denver Broncos Cornerback
Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker
John Simon Houston Texans Linebacker
Evan Spencer Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver
Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver
Nick Vannett Seattle Seahawks Tight End
Adolphus Washington Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle

With 37 Buckeyes in the NFL, there will be a lot of "THE Ohio State University" introductions on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays.