At Ohio State, Tommy (Two Thumbs) Eichenberg carved out a reputation for himself as a formidable presence on the field. Renowned for his bone-rattling tackles and unwavering leadership, he earned the honor of captain not once, but twice. Now, he’s poised to take his talents to the NFL.

Following an impressive stint in Columbus spanning five years, Eichenberg’s journey leads him to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. The Raiders snagged the Cleveland native with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL draft.

In joining the Raiders, Eichenberg follows in the footsteps of recent fellow Buckeye linebackers like Pete Werner and Baron Browning, who were drafted in the NFL draft back in 2021. His selection adds another chapter to Ohio State’s legacy of producing professional linebacker talent

Notably, Eichenberg joins a select group of Buckeyes who found their NFL homes in this year’s draft, including standout names like Marvin Harrison Jr., Mike Hall Jr., and Cade Stover. The prospect of reuniting with former Ohio State teammate Thayer Munford on the Raiders’ roster adds an extra layer of excitement to his transition to the pros.

Reflecting on his collegiate career, Eichenberg’s stats speak volumes about his toughness. With 258 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence at Ohio State despite facing adversity in the form of multiple injuries. Eichenberg’s resilience and talent shone through however, and he was honored as the Big Ten Conference’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and securing a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten roster.

Now, as Eichenberg embarks on the next chapter of his football journey, all eyes will be on him as he looks to showcase his skills and compete for playing time with the Raiders. With rookie workouts on the horizon in May, the stage is set for Eichenberg to make his mark at the next level.