After three years proving himself as Ohio State's starting middle linebacker, James Laurinaitis said…
Stuck In The Middle
INDIANAPOLIS – Being a three-time Associated Press All-American doesn't go as far as it once did. After finishing his Ohio State career as the first player in school history to be so honored, linebacker James Laurinaitis now has his sights set on the forthcoming NFL Draft. As he prepares to work out for pro teams while at the NFL Scouting Combine, the two-time team captain for the Buckeyes finds himself a bit hamstrung by the position he plays. Although he played strong-side linebacker in limited duty as a freshman at OSU, Laurinaitis is a middle linebacker. In today's NFL, that is considered a less-than-sexy position that makes him less desirable to teams at the top of the draft board. "Inside linebackers don't go very high," Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "They're like offensive guards or non-special tight ends." That is a fact Laurinaitis said he is willing to accept as he met with reporters Feb. 21 prior to going through...
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