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Bengals' history with Ohio State runs deep, especially during draft

CINCINNATI -- If there was ever a Mount Rushmore of famous Ohioans constructed, Paul Brown certainly would have to be on it.

The Cincinnati Bengals, the team Brown helped found in 1968, have their stadium named for him just like the Ohio high school he attended and where his coaching career took off, Massillon. The Cleveland Browns have his name. And at Ohio State, where he won a national championship in 1942, he is enshrined as a Hall of Famer.

As it pertains to the Bengals and the draft, it should come as no surprise that historically, there has been some overlap with the college Brown once coached.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bengals have more draft picks from Ohio State than any other school.

In all, 17 former Buckeyes have been drafted by the Bengals. Four played for Brown when he coached the Bengals from 1968-75.

Only two former Ohio State players have been drafted by Cincinnati's current coach, Marvin Lewis, and neither of the late-round selections (Dan Herron, sixth round, 2012 and Reid Fragel, seventh round, 2013) are on the team right now. Former Buckeyes Mike Nugent, A.J. Hawk and Darryl Baldwin are on the 2016 roster, but each began their careers elsewhere.

Though Ohio State has led the way historically, Georgia (13 picks), Michigan (12), Miami (Florida -- 11) and Penn State (10) aren't too far behind. Georgia's rise to just behind the Buckeyes has mostly come in the past 13 years. The school has been Lewis' favorite -- Cincinnati has selected eight former Bulldogs during his tenure, and four are on the roster (A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, Clint Boling and Shawn Williams).

Southern Cal has been another one of Lewis' favorites, with the Bengals drafting five former Trojans in the past 13 drafts. Rey Maualuga (2009) and Josh Shaw (2015) are former Trojans who are on the roster.

Of the Bengals' former Buckeyes, only two were first-round selections. Running back Archie Griffin went 24th overall in 1976, and defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson was selected first overall in 1994. Ohio State could have as many as six of its former players taken in the first round of next month's draft.