Monday, April 28, 2003
Five Buckeyes headed to NFL
By The Associated Press
Ohio State safeties Mike Doss and Donnie Nickey are now division rivals. Doss was picked by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft on Saturday while Nickey was selected Sunday by the Tennessee Titans.
The close friends who were key parts of the Buckeyes' national championship team last season will oppose each other twice this season in the AFC South.
The Titans won the division in 2002 by one game over the Colts, who made the playoffs as a wild card.
Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said he expects the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Nickey to play immediately as the team's third safety even though he wasn't picked until the fifth round.
"He's not coming here to develop," Schwartz said. "He's not coming here to be on the bench for three years and not play. We have a numbers situation, and he's got to be productive right away."
The Colts also expect a major contribution from the 5-11, 204-pound Doss, a hard-hitter who likely slipped into the second round because of his questionable pass coverage skills.
"We think he'll be a big-play player for us who runs and hits, and he has that toughness we were looking for," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.
Doss said he was looking forward to playing in Indianapolis - just a three-hour drive from Ohio State - and felt the Colts were close to making the same type of championship run that the Buckeyes made last season.
"I look at them, and they're one or two games away from making a run at the Super Bowl, and I can't wait to come in and start to jell with them," Doss said.
Three other Buckeyes were selected in the two-day draft. Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson (Green Bay) and linebacker Cie Grant (New Orleans) were picked in the third round, and linebacker Matt Wilhelm was a fourth-round selection by San Diego.
The Cincinnati Bearcats sent three players to the NFL: defensive end Antwan Peek (third round, Houston), cornerback Blue Adams (seventh round, Detroit) and wide receiver Jon Olinger (fifth round, Atlanta). Toledo wide receiver Carl Ford was taken in the seventh round by Green Bay.
Peterson saw his selection by the Packers as a chance to complete a championship trifecta. The 6-4, 290-pound Peterson won a state football title at Canton McKinley (1997), a college championship at Ohio State and now has a chance at the Super Bowl.
"I would like to come to Green Bay and contribute and win a world championship," he said.
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