Former Ohio State LB Baron Browning on NFL Draft: 'I definitely thought I'd be going higher'
Baron Browning is entering the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. He expected to hear his name called much earlier than it was during last week’s draft.
Friday night, the former Ohio State linebacker was taken with the last pick of the third round, selected by the Denver Broncos. He reiterated that he was thankful for the opportunity, but he thought he would’ve been taken much earlier than late Friday night.
“It was a very interesting process,” Browning said, according to 247Sports. “I definitely thought I’d be going higher. But at the end of the day, I’m just thankful for the opportunity. I definitely am going to have a chip on my shoulder. I’m just definitely just selfishly willing to do whatever the team needs me to do—and I’m just ready to play some football, to be honest with you.”
Browning was a key member of an Ohio State linebacker corps that proved to be one of the best in the B1G last season. He racked up 29 tackles, with 3 for loss, 2 pass break-ups, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recovers while the Buckeyes went 7-1.
In four seasons in Columbus, Browning piled up 109 stops with 19 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. He could be a big steal from Day 2 of the NFL Draft if he’s able to make a quick impact in Denver.
He’s heading to the organization with the mindset of proving a lot of teams wrong.