Former Ohio State running back Dan Herron was a sixth round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals. (File Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The three-day extravaganza known as the 2012 NFL Draft concluded on Saturday with four former Ohio State players being selected among the 253 during the seven rounds while three others signed as undrafted free agents following the draft.
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The first former Buckeye to hear his name called was offensive tackle Mike Adams, who went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with their 56th overall pick in the second round, Friday night. Adams was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 college football season for being a part of the “Tattoogate” scandal at Ohio State, then later tested positive for marijuana use at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “the Steelers laid out some stipulations for Adams to get back on their draft board, which included counseling.”
Adams eventually met those stipulations set forth by the Pittsburgh brass, and the lifelong Steelers fan was reinserted on their draft board, even with all of the baggage he’s bringing with him.
Wide receiver DeVier Posey went in the third round (68th overall) to the Houston Texans on Friday night. He missed 10 games during the 2011 season due to two NCAA suspensions, one involving “Tattoogate” and the other after it was learned that Posey had received improper benefits from a booster. In three games last season as a senior, Posey had 12 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns after hauling in 124 passes for 1,793 yards and 16 scores in his first three years wearing a Buckeye uniform.
“The first suspension happened when I sold my (Big Ten co-championship) ring my freshman year and missed five games,” Posey said to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle. “The second one happened (because) I had a job and they told me I was overpaid for it. I made mistakes. It was something I learned my lessons from and I’m moving forward. It’s made me a better man and a better person.”
With the 191st overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected running back Dan Herron in the sixth round. Like the first two Buckeyes picked before him, Herron was also implicated in the off-the-field issues that led to the firing of former OSU head coach Jim Tressel.
Last season, Herron played in seven games and rushed for 675 yards on 134 carries and three touchdowns. His best season as a Buckeye was his junior year in 2010 when he rushed for 1,114 yards and 16 TDs.
One of the many surprises during the NFL Draft, and a great story, was when the New England Patriots took Ohio State’s Nate Ebner with their 197th pick overall in the sixth round.
Ebner, who never played high school football while at Hilliard Davidson, is a world-class rugby player and represented the United States in both the U-19 and U-20 national teams. Ebner joined the Ohio State football team as a walk-on in 2009 and earned a scholarship before his senior season.
Listed as a defensive back, Ebner primarily played on special teams and recorded 30 tackles and one sack during his career. His stock rose when he took part in OSU’s Pro Day workouts at The Woody Hayes Athletic Facility.
“I didn’t want to expect anything and I didn’t want to get overly excited and I hoped I would get a chance to be on a team, and especially the Patriots,” Ebner said to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. “Words can’t describe how excited I am to be part of this organization, and you know, the fact that I got drafted, it makes me so happy and my family’s happy, and I’m just so excited about the opportunity. I’m really at a loss about the whole thing.”
Following the draft, center Mike Brewster signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars while linebacker Andrew Sweat and right tackle J.B. “False Start” Shugarts signed with the Cleveland Browns.