Borrowing Blue: Team could use Long

July, 10, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forget about the blasphemy.

Also disregard for a moment that there are no trades in college football.

But as the all-time draft festivities start winding down this week, a proposal was sent to the various general managers in charge of filling out the rosters for two programs at the heart of The Game and its passionate rivalry. What if one player selected for a Michigan squad could be added to an Ohio State team, or vice versa?

[+] EnlargeJake Long
Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesTackle Jake Long never beat Ohio State during his Michigan career, which makes adding him to an all-time Buckeyes roster a bit easier to take.
For Team Ward, that answer was pretty simple.

After missing out on a number of high-profile Buckeyes on the offensive line, the clear choice to provide a boost for my defensively-loaded, skill-position-heavy roster would be a physical, nasty blocker to provide some protection and rushing lanes from the tackle spot. So if I could poach from That Draft Up North, I'd be stealing from my beat-writing colleague Michael Rothstein and taking his first-round pick, Jake Long.

No offense to Chris Ward or Jim Daniell, but Long is a former No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and undoubtedly would provide a lift with his strength and athleticism up front, keeping Braxton Miller clean in the pocket and helping clear the way for Eddie George and Pete Johnson out of the backfield.

Plus, if this squad was forced to have a representative from the Wolverines, who better than somebody who did so much to help the Buckeyes during his career?

He couldn't beat the Buckeyes. If a trade was absolutely necessary, Long would be welcome to join them on Team Ward.

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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