2017 NFL Draft

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Nate Ebner

| | College: Ohio State
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A high school rugby player, Ebner was on the United States U19 and U20 national teams and was the MVP of the Rugby World Cup in '07 and '08. At 17, he was the youngest player ever to participate in the National 7's.

Ebner didn't take up football until college, when the coaching staff started grooming him in the secondary as a walk-on in 2009.

He served as a reserve safety the past three years, and his potential role in the NFL is as a special teams player - at least early on. He had just 11 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss in 12 games as a senior.


Strengths: Good natural athlete with above average playing speed. Aggressive, tough, tenacious and is always going at full-go on the field. Plays with his hair on fire with a sense of urgency. Good functional strength, working his tail off in the weight room. Self-made player as a former walk-on, earning his way onto the team. Gets most out of his ability and plays with nonstop motor. A favorite in the locker room, heavily respected by teammates and coaches.

Weaknesses: Limited experience with football as a former rugby player, not even playing in high school. Limited to special teams coverage and need a lot of grooming to ever get a chance at safety. Will play too fast at times and needs to hone the aggressiveness. Reckless playing style could result in injuries. Doesn't have great size and looks maxed out physically.

--Dane Brugler

2010 Season

Reserve safety who was a key component of the special units … 12 tackles for season … pair of tackles in the opener vs. Marshall … 2 tackles at Illinois … recorded 3 tackles in the Michigan game … scout team workhorse: Michigan … academic all-Big Ten … second-year letterman

2009 Season

Reserve safety who recorded seven tackles on the special units for the Rose Bowl and Big Ten champions … scout team workhorse: USC, Minnesota … Top Ten Tenacious five times … first-year letterwinner.

2007 Season

Joined Ohio State football as a walk-on … did not see varsity action for the Big Ten champions … scout team workhorse: Wisconsin.

High School

A standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams for rugby … MVP of the Rugby World Cup in '07 and '08 … at age 17, youngest player ever to play in National 7's … did not play football at Hilliard Davidson High


Son of Nancy Pritchett and the late Jeff Ebner … an exercise science major … 2009 Big Ten all-academic


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