|2003: First-round (ninth
overall) pick by the Vikings, who had him ranked as the second-best defensive
tackle behind only Dewayne Robertson (fourth pick by the Jets).
College: Picked OSU over Arkansas and Mississippi. General
Studies major. Redshirted (lower back disc problem; L-5 hairline fracture) as a
freshman in 1998. Became a mainstay on the defensive front as he went on to
start 42 of 46 games the next four seasons. Posted 28 tackles, 6
tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 pass deflections in 1999.
Had 35 tackles, 7 TFL, 4 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble, 6 PBU in
2000; 36 tackles, 11 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 FR, 11 PBU in 2001; 61 tackles, 14 TFL, 7
sacks, 2 PBU in 2002. Invited to the Senior Bowl, where his rising stock was
affirmed following his senior year with an excellent week of practice and strong