With his speed and size, Jermale Hines is most likely to make his way on the NFL field as a strong safety despite playing free safety for much of his Ohio State career.
Hines (6'1", 216 pounds) wasn't perceived as a big-time playmaker with the Buckeyes, but his speed and strength still give him the potential to eventually thrive in that type of a role.
The Cleveland native ran a 4.55 40 at the combine and a 9.6-foot broad jump.
CBS lists his weaknesses as possibly being prone to being exposed by smaller receivers on short routes.
As for his positives:
Prototypical strong safety build but has the speed and agility to play in two-deep and man-free. Very strong attacking plays in front of him in coverage or in run support. Lays out receivers over the middle, but can also use his length to wrap up. Good agility to stay with out-routes run by tight ends and slot receiver. Knocks away passes from behind with closing speed and long arms--without interfering. Also separates the ball from the receiver with strong hands and powerful hits. Avoids receiver and lineman blocks using his hands and quickness.
Hines' uncle, Joseph Hines, played on the 1983 Penn State championship team.
Analysis: The St. Louis Rams are clearly a team on their way up already having made several picks to bolster their prospects on the offensive side of the ball.
Hines' selection is a low-risk high-reward pick as he has the physical traits to be an intimidating force in St. Louis' secondary.