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Former Ohio State linebacker Brian Rolle was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rolle, the 193rd overall pick, is undersized for his position in the NFL, at 5-foot-9, but his ability to defend against the pass makes him an asset for any defense.
He will join another former Buckeye, Kurt Coleman, on the Eagles defense, and may get consideration at the strong safety position. He is expected to be a special-teams player as he develops his game, much like his career at OSU.
Rolle started two seasons at OSU at the middle linebacker position, and was named first-team All-Big Ten his senior season with fellow Buckeye Ross Homan. Rolle recorded 76 total tackles and two interceptions in the 2010 season.
Rolle ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and benched 225 pounds 28 times at the combine. He is the cousin of the New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, and the Eagles hope Brian will offer the same success.
The Eagles finished last season 10-6 and won the NFC East before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.