2012 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Nate Ebner (DB, Ohio State)

Nate Ebner NFL Draft

Nate Ebner is the newest Patriots defensive back.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 197th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Nate Ebner (DB, Ohio State). Read on to read about Ebner’s incredible pro day performance.

Ebner was primarily a special teams player at Ohio State, as he only played a few snaps on actual defense. He only played rugby in high school and was an award-winning member of the Ohio State rugby team.

After measuring in at 6-0/202, Ebner had an amazing pro day performance at Ohio State. He ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, put up 23 reps on the bench press, showed off a 39″ vertical, ran a 4.04 in the shuttle and impressed everyone with an elite 6.59 3-cone time.

Ebner will immediately be considered a favorite for special teams play with New England. Ebner had this to say earlier this year about playing in the NFL:

I’m giving football my 100 percent. I don’t want to say, ‘If I wasn’t messing around with rugby, what would have happened?’ It’s football all the way, and if that doesn’t work out, I’m definitely playing rugby somewhere if I’m not playing football. But I’m going to be hitting people with my body as long as it can take it. And rugby’s too fun to not play if I’m not playing football.”

Here is a video of Ebner playing rugby.

In other news, it looks like the draft trade streak with the Eagles might have ended, unless the Patriots and Philadelphia can pull off a trade in the 7th round.

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35 Responses to “2012 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Nate Ebner (DB, Ohio State)”

  1. Andrew Smith says:

    Nate Ebner’s nickname at Ohio State was War Hammer. If that isn’t the most badass nickname for a football/rugby player than I don’t know what is.

  2. Andrew Stebbins says:

    Anyone else thinking of The Waterboy when looking at the pic above?

    looks like a the ulitmate ‘foosball’ player…

    • jeff newman says:

      My daughter is a national champion rugby player(Detriot Womens Rugby Football Club 2007 ) Only a sissy who has never played can knock a real rugby athlete. Get on your ballet tights and head to the pitch. Half the women rugby players in the country can kick your little butt!

  3. Tom says:

    Steve Tasker was a 9th round draft choice out of Northwestern, back when Northwestern couldn’t win a game to save its life. He was also the MVP of the Big Ten Conference in rugby. If Julian Edleman & Matthew Slater can play significant snaps at Safety for the AFC champs, I’m pretty sure this kid can not only make the team, but also get on the field & contribute in the next couple of years.

  4. Russ, England says:

    Why are people complaining about this pick? 6th and 7th rounders are long shots to make the team. Wouldn’t you rather gamble on a kid who is an athlete, than go with a Jag who has proved he can’t play at the college level?

    Upside over weak production. The speed at which this guy runs onto the ball (The speed he is running as he recieves the ball, and the timing of his run) is pretty rare amongst rugby players. I’m very intrigued to see how he does in the NFL. And trust me, he can probably teach 90% of DB’s in the league how to tackle, a truly lost art in the modern NFL.

  5. Eric says:

    Maybe some fullback too? Short yardage carries? Why not? Ebner looks awesome.

  6. James says:

    He wasn’t the MVP of the Rugby World Cup. He was the MVP of the America’s national rugby 7s championship, it is not the same as the Rugby World Cup. Ebner was in the Rugby 7s team, which is the rugby equivalent of six-man football, not the top level.

  7. Roxbury Bob says:

    Rugby players, Wrestlers(see Steve Neal)and Power Forwards( see Tony Gonzales, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates) are great athletes by in large. Rugby players not only hit hard without all the equipment that football players wear, they actually wrap up when they tackle!! They run all day and have great stamina( a must with all the no huddle offense)and you they are stout of heart . Nate Ebner brings all that plus some impressive football skills to the table . One thing these so called experts can’t measure is a player’s heart.

  8. edward0383 says:

    ALFONZO DENNARD, CB, NEBRASKA 224TH OVERALL
    Best pick they made so far (as far as value) This completely makes
    up for the whiff in that guy they took in the second round. What is his name again? Don’t get me wrong our first round was great. Although, I liked the hightower pick better than Jones. Regardless, we picked a DB in the second who should have gone in the 5 or 6 round, but come back
    and get in the seven a DB who should have been picked in the 3 or 6. I think Al Davis got in BB’s head for that 2 round pick as payback for all th draft picks we stole from them.

  9. Liam says:

    Also, the Eagles streak is still alive. 6th and 7th round selections were involved with the Eagles in the Tracy White trade.

  10. Liam says:

    Not to be a downer, but he was the US team MVP at the Age Grade World Cups. New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino was the actual MVP of the most recent Rugby World Cup.

  11. Ty says:

    They picked a prospected 7th rounder in Wilson in the 2nd and a 2nd rounder in Denard in the 7th? Well I’m just gonna switch those picks, in my head. Now i’m not nearly as mad about our picks. Also love drafting a Lecross play to play for us. If our wide recievers couldn’t produce in the secondary mabey this could work.

  12. Dan says:

    I love this pick…I loved watching the delay in comments on both networks because nobody knew who the hell he was, AGAIN!.

    Seriously, if this kid can come in and cover on special teams …be another Steve Tasker, or even a Slater (who is pretty good), then he’ll make the team. They’ll try him at safety and returning punts or whatever…give him some flexibility, again, like Slater…able to play safety and receiver (neither very well, but in emergencies he can get on the field).

    He’s a long shot, but just think of what this kid will do to the competition? He’ll be running through people and going nuts from start of practice till the end…and everyone else will have to keep up and push to make the team…pick up their game or risk no being paid.

    I can’t wait to hear (or see) how he does…he has the measurables and after watching that video he has the wheels and he certainly runs through walls…not many Human Beings are capable of giving up their bodies like that…it’s unnatural, literally. It’s a gift and he has it.

  13. Larry says:

    Any of you remember a guy named Tasker a special teams stud with the Buffalo Bills…………..I believe he played Rugby……………..

  14. Jim R says:

    Nate Dog

  15. Big Dan From Maine says:

    Now we have Alfonso Denard, I hear he can cover everything but Bail

  16. kickthepony says:

    you know, considering your probably just an average fan, have seen no tape on this, havent studied him at all, and are just going on what “draft experts” say, you should probably shut up. who knows how good or bad this guy will be. but yea, you seem like a great Pats fan, way to stick by your team and their choices.

  17. paul says:

    Watch the video and you can understand what this guy is about. Speed, shifty and tough… majored in sports science and comes from a great program at Ohio under Urban Meyer. Also I like he has low mileage on a football field to date and can obviously take and give a beating.

    • DJ says:

      Well, he never played a down under Urban Meyer. But that doesn’t matter. He brings something different and interesting, and that’s enough for a 6th round roll of the dice.

  18. Tony D says:

    When will you morons figure out that Bill drafts character and leadership guys above all else? I love this pick, just you tube him and you will too. This guy is a natural born leader, tough as nails and has excellent athleticism.

    • Tony D says:

      Btw the 40 Yiddish times listed above are incorrect. He is in the 4.4 – 4.8 range and had a ridiculous 3 cone time and vertical. Plus 23 bench reps? This guy is a stud, just be thankful that we have a head coach and player personnel department that will scour the Earth to find talent and upside.

      • Tony D says:

        *Yard dash, thank auto fill.

        • Liam says:

          40 Yiddish times LOL

        • MilitStrat54 says:

          Did this guy play at the Jewish Community Center? At least he knows his Yiddish.

        • MilitStrat54 says:

          This just in. Can’t vouch for its validity but Buddy tells me the Yiddish Times is the 211 largest Sports Newspaper in the Greater Boston Area. Good thing this guy knows that. May tip the scales in his favor for making the team. LOL.

  19. Big Dan From Maine says:

    By the way guys where the hell did you find this information?

  20. Jim R says:

    Holy Crap Batman we got Nate!!!! In the 6th round!!!! damn Just when I did not think it could get any better after Tavon. If a freaking rugby game breaks out we are all set……….Go Bill you have me on the edge of my seat for the next pick. Ha Ha Ha

    • Big Dan From Maine says:

      he looks like a hell of a rugby player, definately doesnt mind hitting. Put some pads on him and I bet he is a pschyco of course we need to continue drafting outstanding special teams players. We score lots of points, and cant stop anyone from scoring so Special teams is definately 1/3 of our game plan They may litteraly be on the field 1/3 of the time.

      • JOHNNY B says:

        Stephen Neal was an all world wrestler,never played a snap of football in college. Ebner is a freakishly athletic stud with coachability and will be a special teams star…

  21. Big Dan From Maine says:

    Nate Ebner?????? WTF, like this guy wouldnt be a free agent posibility. Didnt we pick a CB that never started for his team last year. Why does BB think he is so much better than everyother coach that he can get guys that couldnet even get on the fields for their teams, im sure this guy will be AWSOME. Probowl all the way, hell im even going to start getting his HOF bust ready.

    • MilitStrat54 says:

      Any truth to BB starting to scout Pop Warner and the Pee Wee leagues. Maybe he’ll draft one next year so no one else can have him a decade later

  22. ANB says:

    Seems like the same type of pick as Malcolm Williams last year.



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