2010 NFL Draft Ohio State Recap

At one point, the 2010 NFL Draft had the looks of one of the all-time worst for former Ohio State players, but a late flurry of activity did a lot to change the complexion of the weekend. BuckeyeSports.com brings you a recap of the action.

The new three-day format of the draft had several Buckeyes waiting longer than usual to hear their names, but when all was said and done, four were part of the league's 75th draft.

Here is a quick look at each of them with some notes and quotes from their new teams:

Thaddeus Gibson, Pittsburgh Steelers
18th pick of the fourth round; No. 116 overall

The Steelers hoped to add depth at linebacker and to help a kickoff coverage unit that struggle last year, and head coach Mike Tomlin said Gibson (along with second-round pick Jason Worilds of Virginia Tech) figures to satisfy both of those desires.

"First and foremost, I hope they are capable of being kickoff coverage unit men. That would be the first job description that they have. If they can do an adequate job of that, then we'll get to see if they are capable of rushing the passer. They are two quality, young, 250-pound-ish men, if you will. Of course, we value that here in Pittsburgh. We believe that's a formula for winning football."

Gibson spoke with the local media as well via conference call, and you can find the transcript from that here.

Doug Worthington, Pittsburgh Steelers
35th pick of seventh around, 242 overall

Based on pre-draft discussions with Worthington, this hardly came as a surprise. The Steelers descended on Columbus en masse for the school's annual Pro Day in March and apparently liked what they saw in Worthington, who said then he believes he would fit into the scheme of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, a fellow Ohio State alumnus who favors the 3-4.

Though traditionally a 4-3 team, the Buckeyes shifted to a 3-4 hybrid in their base this past season, something that caught the attention of Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert.

"Like Thaddeus, he's played in a scheme similar to ours," Colbert said. "He has the body to play our five technique, and he's just a nice size guy to have at that position."

Worthington was predicability pleased to hear his name before the draft came to an end.

"My dad is a huge Steelers fan," he said. "One of my good friends that lives in Columbus just came over with a (Terry) Bradshaw, jersey on, and a terrible towel in his hand. We have a lot of Steelers fans over here.

Find a transcript from Worthington's chat with local reporters here.

Kurt Coleman, Philadelphia Eagles
37th pick of seventh round, No. 244 overall

The All-Big Ten safety harbored hopes at one time of going as high as the second round, and most projections placed him somewhere in the middle rounds.

That made his drop to the end of the draft somewhat surprising, as he posted on his Twitter page: "Too longer than I thought...but I'm so excited thank you everyone really..Philly here I come with an attitude."

Eagles head coach Andy Reid seemed to register no complaints when he got the opportunity to grab Coleman, though.

"He's a heck of a football player and, again, he loves to play the game," Reid said. "If you watch Ohio State play, you'll see him back there and he conducts it, he orchestrates the whole secondary, talking to the linebackers and he flies around the football. He was a little bit smaller. He's another guy that played corner and played safety and was able to drop down in nickel position and cover receivers. If you watched the Senior Bowl, the one-on-ones there, he had a chance to play against some of the good wide receivers there and I thought did a nice job in one-on-one competitions. I really felt like he was a very, very intelligent football player. And then he's very aggressive. He is a little bit smaller, he's under 200 pounds, but he will add value to our football team."?

Coleman joins five other safeties on the Philadelphia roster, including second-round pick Nate Allen of South Florida.

Austin Spitler, Miami Dolphins
45th pick of seventh round, No. 252 overall

Interest in Spitler from the Miami Dolphins was no secret at all. The player told reporters on Pro Day that he had heard he met all of the specifications Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Bill Parcells, and subsequently Spitler made a visit to the team's complex in South Florida.

After snapping him up the last of the team's eight picks, general manager Jeff Ireland called Spitler "a top-notch kid. He was a captain on the Ohio State football team. He was a core special teams player for Ohio State. Very tough, great kid, I just like the kid a lot. I think he's going to have a chance to contribute there as well."

Once he arrives in Florida, Spitler figures to face plenty of competition for a roster spot. He is one of 13 linebackers on the roster, including fellow 2010 draftees Koa Misi of Utah, A.J. Edds of Iowa and Chris McCoy of Middle Tennessee State as well as new acquisition Tim Dobbins, a four-year veteran with starting experience in San Diego.

Ireland said he expects Dobbins, Edds and Spitler to play inside linebacker in the team's 3-4 scheme while Misi and McCoy project to the outside.

Spitler said he believes the Big Ten prepared him well for the NFL.

"It is going to help a lot. It is top tier, so we play against the best. Physical teams and a lot of good athletes; especially at Ohio State, day in and day out just practicing against each other. It is going to help coming from a good conference and from Ohio State."

For a full transcript of Spitler's chat with local media and Ireland's comments, click here.

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