NEPD Editor: Tony Santorsa
With the 197th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft the New England Patriots selected defensive back Nate Ebner out of Ohio State.
The first thing that you probably heard about Ebner is that he’s a former rugby player in high school as well as at Ohio State—but he obviously still played football while at Ohio State.
When Bill Belichick made this selection, I immediately figured it was just another player that fits the “Patriot way,” someone that might not have the potential to be a star but can do a lot of different things and be a valuable member to New England’s 53-man roster.
Standing in at 6’0″ and weighing 210 lbs., Ebner does has the size to play at the NFL level but I wasn’t sure if he could be an impact player on anything aside from special teams.
The majority of Ebner’s playing time during his rookie season came on special teams but did play safety sparingly.
Entering 2013, I’m not sure what my expectations are with Ebner. I’m not 100 percent sure that he’ll make next year’s roster, but considering that he made this year’s roster as a rookie, he’ll likely be a quality special teamer next season.
2012 Stats: 15 games played and 14 total tackles.
Letter Grade: C-
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