Draft snub a detour for Sanzenbacher | BuckeyeXtra

"I wouldn't have wanted to have anything handed to me when I came to Ohio State, and I guess it will be no different at the next level." - Dane Sanzenbacher Now that the disappointment has faded a bit, Dane Sanzenbacher looks back and sees a certain symmetry to his career. Full Story
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RI Buckeye

Providence, RI

#1 May 4, 2011
What a fine young man.
luckyduffer

Logan, OH

#2 May 4, 2011
I was amazed at the fact that Sanzenbacher was not drafted, he is a great receiver, great hands and toughness over the middle, and he always seems to be in the right spot at the right time he spells winner in my book a gem in the rough! I hope he finds a spot with the Browns, good luck Dane and thanks for a great 4 years!
Insensitive

Chillicothe, OH

#3 May 4, 2011
He might have to get a job like everyone else. Sounds like he's prepared.
OSUfanInFL

High Springs, FL

#4 May 4, 2011
What do you mean "get a job"? That is what he is trying to do in the NFL. That is a tough business to be in and very few make it. If Dane makes it, he will have worked very hard in getting there and staying there.
Yannibgood

Woodsfield, OH

#5 May 4, 2011
This guy will make it,mark my words. Great hands and smart an ideal possesion receiver. Think Wes Welker.
GeorgiaDave

Rossville, GA

#6 May 4, 2011
I said it before, I'll say it again. This is a special player. I stole the following from the pro football hall of fame about another "not good enough" player.

Steve Largent, a 5-11, 187-pound wide receiver with only average size and speed but armed with exceptional determination and concentration, became one of history's most outstanding pass catchers during his 14-season, 200-game career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1989.

At the time of his retirement, he held six major career pass receiving records most receptions (819), most consecutive games with a reception (177), most yards on receptions (13,089), most touchdowns on receptions (100), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (10) and most seasons with 1,000 yards or more on receptions (8). All this by a receiver who the Houston Oilers thought was too small and slow to make it in the pros.

Largent attended the University of Tulsa, where he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference star with 103 receptions his final two seasons. He was the fourth-round pick of the Oilers and the 117th player taken in the 1976 National Football League Draft. He played only four pre-season games with Houston before being traded to the expansion Seahawks for an eighth-round draft pick. It was the catch of the century for Seattle. Largent became an almost instant star with the Seahawks with 54 receptions, third best in the NFC, in his rookie season.

He led the AFC with 71 receptions in 1978 and he had five other seasons with 70 or more receptions. The sure-handed receiver, who ran nearly perfect pass routes, also led the NFL in pass-receiving yardage in 1979 and 1985. An All-Pro choice in 1983, 1985, and 1987, he was also named All-AFC three times and selected for seven Pro Bowls in a ten-season span between 1978 and 1987.

Seemingly indestructible, Steve missed only four games because of injuries his first 13 seasons. An NFL Man of the Year winner in 1988, Largent also was a positive force off the field.
PEGGY

Apex, NC

#7 May 4, 2011
I for one absolutely think Dane is GREAT!!

I enjoyed watching him so much in 2010.

We wouldn't have won the Sugar Bowl and
other games this year without him!!

I will be wearing his #12 football jersey
with pride!! Hard to get by the way!!

I think he definately should have gone
in the draft early!! BOY DID THEY MISS OUT
ON A GREAT PLAYER AND GREAT PERSON!!

I WILL BE WATCHING HIS CAREER FOR SURE.

GOOD LUCK! YOU MAKE THE BUCKEYE NATION
SO PROUD DANE. GO OHIO STATE! GO TRESSEL!
Igor

Cincinnati, OH

#8 May 4, 2011
Hey NFL scouts what's the deal? Hartline's been productive for the Phins, Dane is as a good a prospect as Hartline was. You take chances on players from DIII, and other minor conferences, but pass up a productive, solid citizen type of kid who hasn't had an injury in several years?
renold

Fort Myers, FL

#10 May 4, 2011
Great young man, and great football player. Unfortunately, the Ohio State football program/coaches have not been very effective in preparing players for life after college, in more ways than one.
TN Buckeye

Hendersonville, TN

#11 May 4, 2011
renold wrote:
Great young man, and great football player. Unfortunately, the Ohio State football program/coaches have not been very effective in preparing players for life after college, in more ways than one.
There will always be knuckle heads that do not make it after leaving a program. Clarett was only in the program one year. There are a few more that have struggled, but when you have 25 people graduate or leave the program each year for the last ten years, those numbers are minimal.
Get your degree

New York, NY

#12 May 4, 2011
I always like this guy but he is not an NFL player. Get your degree and move on.
Linda Williams

Tampa, FL

#13 May 4, 2011
A real class act and a breath of hope for Buckeyes who have been so disappointed in the recent news.
Insensitive

United States

#14 May 4, 2011
Igor wrote:
Hey NFL scouts what's the deal? Hartline's been productive for the Phins, Dane is as a good a prospect as Hartline was. You take chances on players from DIII, and other minor conferences, but pass up a productive, solid citizen type of kid who hasn't had an injury in several years?
Scouts evaluate talent. Clearly they didn't think he was worth a draft pick.

What NFL team do you scout for?
TKG

Toledo, OH

#15 May 4, 2011
Igor wrote:
Hey NFL scouts what's the deal? Hartline's been productive for the Phins, Dane is as a good a prospect as Hartline was. You take chances on players from DIII, and other minor conferences, but pass up a productive, solid citizen type of kid who hasn't had an injury in several years?
Hartline was wicked fast and had solid measurables that translated well at the NFL level. Teams were a little concerned about his size but he made sense as a 4th round pick because scouts thought he'd be able to contribute as a return specialist while he sharpened his recieving skills.

As for the draft rationale, it usually comes down to speed. Sanzo's 40 time was about what you'd expect out of a good linebacker but for his size (5'10 180#) it's problematic. The biggest concern was that Sanzo tends to slow considerably when running his routes. On film he never showed the ability to get away from a quality defender. He was procuctive because teams generally had their best defensive back on Posey and the safeties had to be ready for Pryor's mobility. He has good hands but he's got to prove that he can get open in the NFL.

Somebody posted a Steve Largent bio which is lazy. Sanzo's size is about the same as Largent's but Largent played 30 years ago. The game is much bigger, stronger and faster today. Largent was similar to Marvin Harrison. They weren't Olympic Sprinters but they were exceptionally fast coming out of their breaks and they had impeccable timing when it came to elevating for the ball. Scouts aren't sure that Dane has enough swivel in his hips to shake an average DB with a double move and that's why he didn't get drafted. I hope he proves them wrong, but every year a lot of really high character guys who give it 100% every single day are unceremoniously cut. There's a huge difference between the NFL and college and its a struggle for the best collegiate athletes to make it.

Ultimately, it's better that he went undrafted. He'll get a shot as a free agent which means he can pick the best situation for him. I hope he has the last laugh, but if I had to bet on it I'd bet on a three year stint int he Arena Leaugue before he settles on a career in Real Estate.
TKG

Toledo, OH

#16 May 4, 2011
Yannibgood wrote:
This guy will make it,mark my words. Great hands and smart an ideal possesion receiver. Think Wes Welker.
Welker is fast and at his best when you have a guy like Randy Moss drawing double coverage downfield. It's not hard to be a possession receiver when you're being covered by a linebacker.
Cindy

New York, NY

#17 May 4, 2011
Dane should go into broadcasting... I've heard him on interviews and sports shows and he is just great. Knowledgable with a touch of humor. 97.1 tThe Fan are you listening!?!?
LTSGOBUX

United States

#18 May 4, 2011
Dane can make it in the NFL.

Anyone remember Brian Brennan?

Buckeye Nation wishes you well Dane - don't give up.

GO BUCKS!!
Fan

Columbus, OH

#19 May 4, 2011
I have two lovely daughters I'd like you to meet. Lol. Best of luck to Dane.
chris

Saint Augustine, FL

#20 May 4, 2011
His speed is what hurt him. I hope he signs with the Browns myself, this could be a blessing indisguise he can pick and choose more and get paid more then if he had been a late 7th rounder

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

Since: Sep 09

Worthington

#21 May 4, 2011
If the lockout passes and free agency opens up I think Dane will work his way onto a NFL roster and play some in years to come. Great kid.

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