Rams Select S Jermale Hines in 5th Round

Posted Apr 30, 2011

Strong/Free Safety
The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Cleveland, Ohio
Glenville High School

A versatile athlete who has found a home in the secondary, Hines has the size and hard-hitting ability of a Cover-2 linebacker and the explosive speed and a nose for the football to mirror tight ends and backs on underneath routes. Since taking over full-time starting duties as a junior, he helped the Buckeyes rank fifth in the nation in both scoring defense (12.54 ppg) and total defense (262.31 ypg) in 2009, followed by finishing fifth nationally in scoring defense (14.31 ppg) and fourth in total defense (262.23 ypg) in 2010.

Hines began his Ohio State career lining up as a weak-side outside linebacker. He took over nickel back chores as a sophomore, again playing that role, in addition to handling free safety duties as a junior. He started 12 games at free safety during his final campaign, but with his bulk and power, some NFL teams may project him as a strong safety at the next level.

At Glenville High School, Hines was rated the 16th-best outside linebacker prospect in the nation and the sixth-best overall recruit in the state of Ohio by, receiving a four-star prospect grade from that recruiting service. also gave Hines a four-star rating, regarding him as the state’s seventh-best overall prospect and the country’s tenth-rated outside linebacker.

As a freshman, Hines competed as a starting linebacker and quarterback. The athletic southpaw signal caller threw for 800 yards and rushed for 500 more. In his sophomore campaign, Hines rushed for 1,000 yards in just eight games when he moved to running back on offense and he started on defense at linebacker once again.

Hines earned second-team All-County honors as a junior, starting at quarterback and linebacker en route to being named the team’s defensive MVP. He gained 170 yards on just eight carries and recorded 97 tackles (45 solos) with eight sacks and four interceptions in 2005.

A first-team All-District and honorable mention All-State choice as a senior, Hines ran for 70 yards with 14 touchdowns, adding 700 yards with nine scores passing during the 2006 campaign. He participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and graduated with a 2.9 grade point average.

On January 25, 2007, Hines signed his letter of intent to play at Ohio State. He also received offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He appeared in seven games as a reserve weak-side linebacker, but saw the bulk of his action on special teams, where he posted three tackles (2 solos).

Hines started six of the 11 games he appeared in as a sophomore, serving as the Buckeyes’ nickel back. He posted 31 tackles (23 solos) with two stops for loss, recovering two fumbles, including one that he advanced 48 yards for a touchdown in the Michigan State clash. He also broke up three tosses.

As a junior, Hines started 11 times at free safety in 2009. He finished fourth on the team with 57 tackles (28 solos) that included a sack. He also had a pair of interceptions, including a 32-yard runback for a touchdown vs. Wisconsin, making 11 of his hits vs. the Badgers.

Hines received media attention for his solid work in the secondary as a senior. The All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice and Thorpe Award Watch List pick was the recipient of the Arnie Chonko Award, given by the OSU coaches to the team’s most outstanding defensive back and he garnered the W.W. Hayes Award for the top performance in the Michigan clash.

In 2010, Hines delivered 66 tackles (36 solos), third-best on the team. He made a pair of stops behind the scrimmage and broke up four passes while intercepting another. He also fielded a blocked punt while starting 12 contests at free safety.

Appeared in 44 games at Ohio State, starting 29 contests – eight at nickel back and 21 at free safety…Recorded 157 tackles (89 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus 10 yards and 7.5 stops for losses totaling 24 yards…Recovered three fumbles, returning one 48 yards for a touchdown…Deflected eight passes and intercepted three others for 71 yards in returns, including a 32-yard score.

All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice…Member of the Thorpe Award Watch List… Recipient of the Arnie Chonko Award, given by the OSU coaches to the team’s most outstanding defensive back…Winner of the W.W. Hayes Award for the top performance in the Michigan clash…Appeared in all 13 games, starting 12 contests, as he came off the bench vs. Iowa…Ranked third on the team with a career-high 66 tackles (36 solos), as he assisted on a sack for minus three yards and made a pair of stops for losses totaling 5 yards…Recovered a fumble and fielded a partially blocked punt for no gain…Deflected four passes and intercepted another for a 23-yard return…Part of a unit that led the Big Ten and ranked fourth in the nation in total defense (262.23 ypg), pass defense (eighth nationally at 165.54 ypg) and scoring defense (fifth in the NCAA at 14.31 ppg).

4.72 in the 40-yard dash…1.70 10-yard dash…2.77 20-yard dash…4.21 20-yard shuttle…6.90 three-cone drill…31-inch vertical jump…9’6” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…32 ¼-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands…75 3/8-inch wingspan.