Patriots pick Ohio State special teams ace Nate Ebner

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Patriots pick Ohio State special teams ace Nate Ebner

FOXBORO - There are times when Bill Belichick will stand up and talk about a player's production, his experience, how many games he's played, his football intelligence.

And then there are times when he drafts people like Nate Ebner, a decorated rugby player. What the ruck?

He's 6-2, 205 and was one of the best special teams players in the Big 10 in 2011 even though he just started.

He had a terrific pro day in Columbus running a 4.48 40-yard dash. He'll be lowered into the cauldron of competition on the Patriots special teams groups.