Scarlet Sunrise: Pair of former Ohio State stars ink rookie NFL deals

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Former Ohio State linebacker Baron Browning signed his rookie contract. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Pair of former Ohio State stars ink rookie NFL deals

Ohio State had 10 players selected in the NFL draft during the spring.

Two of the biggest stars from that draft have officially signed their rookie contracts before camp. San Francisco 49ers running back Trey Sermon signed his contract this week, a four-year deal with the team that will expect Sermon to step in and play a big role in one of the league’s best offenses.

The Denver Broncos inked a deal with third-round pick Baron Browning, the former Ohio State linebacker who will fit in well with the Broncos system. Browning signed a four-year deal, as well.

Ohio State had one of the best NFL drafts of any college football program in the spring. And the players selected from Ohio State are signing their deals before camp begins.

Buckeyes take depth hit in receiver room

The depth in the Ohio State wide receiver room continues to be decimated.

There is no questioning the talent that the Buckeyes have assembled. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson make up the best wide receiver duo in the nation. Julian Fleming and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are rising stars, and freshmen Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka are dripping with potential.

But the Buckeyes lost Jameson Williams to Alabama through the transfer portal. And on Friday afternoon at Big Ten media days, Ohio State coach Ryan Day confirmed receivers Ellijah Gardiner and Jaylen Harris are no longer playing football for the Buckeyes. Day said Harris retired for medical reasons, while Gardiner chose to move on from football. Both graduated with degrees from Ohio State.

Ellijah Gardiner and Jaylen Harris provided reliable depth in the wide receiver room for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will be thin behind the game-day rotation.

READ: Buckeyes receiver depth takes hit with departure of Elijah Gardiner, Jaylen Harris

Big Ten hasn’t discussed conference realignment

While the SEC was busy this week attempting to turn college football upside down by adding Oklahoma and Texas, the Big Ten was in Indianapolis for Big Ten Media Days. And as conference realignment heats up elsewhere, the Big Ten seems content with staying put in its place.

Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward has more on the lack of answers about realignment in the Big Ten:

While multiple reports have indicated that Oklahoma and Texas are preparing to make a move and could actually land in the SEC in relatively short order, the leadership of the Big Ten has not had any conversations about making any additions of its own.

Multiple sources indicated to Lettermen Row that the league has been aware of the potential dominoes in motion for several weeks, but Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith confirmed on Friday morning that there have been full-conference discussions about how the Big Ten would respond to the shifting landscape.

READ: Big Ten leaders ‘haven’t had conversations’ as realignment heats up

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