Ohio State 2011 NFL Draft Roundup

Brian Rolle

See which former Buckeyes - such as new Philadelphia Eagle Brian Rolle - went where and what they and their new coaches had to say about them as the NFL held its 2011 draft this weekend.

Ohio State was well-represented in yet another NFL draft this weekend as five players heard their names called from the annual event in New York City. BuckeyeSports.com has a look at where each one went and what the players and their new bosses had to say about them.

Round One
Cameron Heyward, defensive lineman, No. 31, Pittsburgh Steelers

Official announcement story from Steelers.com - link
SteelCityInsider story - link
Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau talks about fellow OSU alumnus Heyward - link


Round Four
Chimdi Chekwa, cornerback, 16th pick, No. 113 overall, Oakland Raiders

Chekwa talks with Raiders reporters - link
Raiders head coach Hue Jackson said the team likes Chekwa's physicality and looks for him to begin his NFL life at cornerback even though he has the ability to play multiple positions


Round Five
Jermale Hines, safety, 27th pick, No. 158 overall, St. Louis Rams

The official team site has an overview of Hines' career
Rams' general manager Billy Devaney said Hines has smart, passionate and productive traits the team looks for

Round Six
Brian Rolle, linebacker, 28th pick, No. 193 overall, Philadelphia Eagles

The official team site reports Rolle was quickly welcomed into the team family by once and future teammate Kurt Coleman
Head coach Andy Reid called Rolle "a rare breed... put together like no other."

Ross Homan, linebacker, 35th pick, No. 200 overall, Minnesota Vikings

VikingsInsider has the story of Minnesota drafting Homan and an overview of his football career so far
Vikings vice president Rick Spielman said it was not defensive coordinator Fred Pagac Sr. but rather "my dang brother" who got on him about picking up a former Ohio State linebacker when he got the chance, and head coach Leslie Frazier envisions Homan playing on the open side of the Vikings D - link
Homan said he is excited to work with an Ohio State legend like Pagac and new Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary

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