Ohio State safety Jermale Hines was selected in round five by the St. Louis Rams with the 158th overall selection, joining former teammate James Laurinaitis.
Hines played as a true freshman at OSU and found himself on the field early for special teams.
His sophomore year, he played the “star” position at OSU, a linebacker-defensive back hybrid position. At 6-foot-1, 216 pounds, Hines excelled early on in his role, and could play many positions for the Rams.
“I feel like I’m very versatile,” Hines said March 11 after his OSU Pro Day workout. “You can play me at a lot of different positions, and that’s something I feel will definitely help me.”
Hines moved back to free safety his junior year, where he started for the Buckeyes for his final two seasons. Hines recorded 159 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks over his four years at OSU.
Hines was also a part of four Big Ten championships and two BCS bowl wins, and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010.