Drafted Buckeyes Preparing for NFL

Drafted Buckeyes Preparing for NFL
Ohio State in the NFL

Drafted Buckeyes Preparing for NFL

Mini-camps are underway and training camps are right around the corner. Vernon Gholston, Larry Grant and Kirk Barton, the three Buckeyes drafted in the 2008 NFL draft are preparing for a very different and difficult life in professional football. 

By Eric Geier

    #6 Vernon Gholston- Gholston is the only Jets draft pick who has not been able to make it to the rookie minicamp or OTA (organized team activity) workouts.  Head coach Eric Mangini explained, “ The rule is you can’t come in till your class graduates or you complete your finals and have permission from your university.” He also went on to say, “Vernon, being an early out, is held to the graduation date. It’ll be a little while till we see him.” Ohio State final exams run from June 2nd to June 5th, so Gholston should be available to the New York Jets sometime thereafter. The Jets look forward to getting Gholston in the line-up and hope that he can become an immediate starter.

    #214 Larry Grant- Larry Grant was ecstatic when he learned that his favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers had drafted him. Now, the euphoria of that moment is gone and he is thrust into camps with the veterans who are all fighting for a starting spot on the team. Grant has spent most of his time riding the pine, watching the veterans prepare, but he occasionally gets some action at the inside linebacker position where he must shed fullbacks and O-lineman to make a play on the ball. Grant will be battling veterans Dontarrious Thomas and Jeff Ulbrich for the starting spot. Most within the organization expect Grant to be a major contributor on special teams as he works his way up to a starting linebacker position. Still, some coaches think Grant has the opportunity to win the job despite being the smallest linebacker in the group at 235 pounds. “It doesn’t matter what stature you have as long as you have that six-inch punch,” explained defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. When reporters asked Larry Grant if he would consider a move to middle linebacker if the opportunity arose, he said, “That’s all right with me, I like getting dirty.”

    #247 Kirk Barton- Many people thought Barton would go in the 4th or 5th roundof the NFL draft but injuries he suffered turned out to be a huge factor in being picked #247. His freshman year he had to undergo shoulder surgery and sat out some games because of knee problems. Barton had a strong Senior Bowl but he suffered another injury on to his knee in that game. He was able to recover quickly from the injury quickly enough to attend the rookie minicamp that was held May 2nd-4th. He was also present at this weeks OTA workouts. Though Barton hasn’t had any newsworthy performances, many Bears fans regard Barton as a quality pick. Taking a glimpse at the Bears message boards, threads about Barton praise him as a strong, fiery player, but they worry how Barton’s body will hold up in the NFL.

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