The Football Fever: Former Buckeyes ushered into NFL via rookie mini-camps


COLUMBUS -- Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel, a 3-time Super Bowl champion as a player, says those NFL rookies are brought into the fold much like military recruits are ushered into boot camp, with few pleasantries.

"We give them a playbook and an IPAD and we grind em," Vrabel told reporters in Nashville.

Ohio State's most productive quarterback in school history, J.T. Barrett, said he was like a "deer in headlights" but finally got a little more comfortable on his first work as a New Orleans Saint.

The Bengals are now swimming in Buckeyes with first round pick Billy Price, third round pick Sam Hubbard and undrafted free agent linebacker Chris Worley.

If they passed that initial test in mini-camp, training camp awaits very soon.

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