Ohio state’s j.t. barrett was not drafted, but 13 other quarterbacks were – land-grant holy land q card gas station


The 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books! Seven former Buckeyes were selected, and a handful of others signed as undrafted free agents, or agreed to minicamp tryouts. We’ve got all of the information that you need from the busy three days of the draft. Get all of the information and player profiles HERE.

It was especially bad when word came out that Barrett had not even been able to sign a contract as an undrafted free agent, but instead had accepted a mini-camp tryout with the New Orleans Saints; yet another slap in the face for the most productive QB in Big Ten history.

Those that have watched Barrett play over the last four years are well aware of all of his insane accomplishments, as well as what he does and doesn’t do well. So, I don’t think that any level-headed OSU observer is going to complain about Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, or Lamar Jackson going in the first round and Barrett not. I think it’s even safe to acknowledge that Mason Rudolph going in the third round ahead of Barrett probably makes sense.

However, from the fourth round on, that’s where things get a little wonky. With the 108th pick, the New York Giants selected Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Over his four years at the FCS school, Lauletta accumulated 10,651 total yards, 85 total touchdowns, and threw 35 interceptions. Against obviously better competition, Barrett went for 12,697 yards, 147 TDS, and threw 30 INTs.

Now, you might be saying that Barrett is something of a dual-threat, while Lauletta is a more traditional pro-style quarterback. So, even if you subtract the OSU QB’s rushing stats, he still threw for 9,434 yards compared to Lauletta’s 10,465; and had 31 more passing touchdown, sitting the second halves of many games with the contest already in hand.

Now some old-school evaluators will tell you that Barrett at 6-foot-1 isn’t tall enough to play QB in the NFL given his specific skill set. So, if you give Lauletta the nod with his two-inch height advantage (despite similar concerns about arm strength), there were still six other QBs selected after Lauletta.

Now, in fairness, Lee is not the worst in the baker’s dozen of quarterbacks selected (no pun intended), but the fact that he ended his career in the Big Ten with fairly pedestrian stats, and still got the call when the B1G’s reigning and three-time QB of the Year is having to fight for a mini-camp tryout is frustrating.

Now, I’m not even particularly saying that Barrett deserved to be drafted; I am far from a #16 apologist. However, when we see what quarterbacks were taken from the fourth round on, and see the type of numbers that they put up—many against inferior competition— you have to wonder what the disconnect is.

I don’t think that Barrett will ever be a full-time starter in the NFL, but there’s no doubt that the way that the position is played in the league is changing. So, when you realize that the last seven QBs taken were all taller than Barrett by an average of 2.3 inches, I don’t think it is inappropriate to wonder if his height was the deciding factor in him not getting selected, despite shorter signal callers having success in recent years.

Or, was it the fact that the NFL execs had a bit too much information on the legendary Ohio State quarterback? Had Barrett been in the spotlight for so long that the mystery had worn off? Was there no more “up side” for a guy that scouts had seen play in major games for four years?

I don’t know the answer, perhaps he legitimately isn’t as good as Western Kentucky’s Mike White, or FIU’s Alex McGough, or Toledo’s Logan Woodside, but it just seems surprising to me that someone who had such a great college career can’t even get a shot when guys who had not nearly as great of college careers can.