The New England Patriots have selected Defensive Back Nate Ebner out of Ohio State with the 197’th overall pick in the NFL draft. With this pick, the Patriots have drafted all of their first 5 picks as defensive players for the first time under the reign of Coach Bill Belichick. Ebner was a high school rugby star before he decided to walk on to THE Ohio State’s fabled football program. His addition to the Patriots will be primarily for Special Teams. With Wes Welker a potential holdout, Ebner’s superb vision and breakaway speed could make him a highly valued member of that squad.
His Ohio State player profile is as follows:
Nate Ebner didn’t play high school football – he was a rugby player in high school and still is a world-class rugby player – yet he was such a terrific athlete and had such a physical nature that he made the Ohio State team as a walk-on three years ago and he finished his career on scholarship. He was voted by his teammates as the team’s most inspirational player and was presented with the Bo Rein Award at the end of the 2011 season. He also picked up the Ike Kelley Award in 2011 as the team’s outstanding special teams player. He had 11 tackles, primarily on special teams, this past season and he did record one quarterback sack.
Ebner, a three-year letterman, was chosen as a team captain for the Toledo game this year and played in his 36th game at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. He recorded 30 career tackles. An exercise science major, Ebner is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.