Eleven former Buckeyes will get their first taste of life in the National Football League when they attend rookie minicamps May 1-3.

Four Ohio State defensive products were selected in last weekend’s NFL Draft and seven more members of the Rose Bowl champions signed free agent contracts after the conclusion of the draft.

Thaddeus Gibson was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by trhe Pittsburgh Steelers with the 116th overall pick. Doug Worthington was also selected by the Steelers, with the 242nd pick, in the seventh round. Kurt Coleman was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, 244th overall. Austin Spitler was selected in the seventh round by the Miami Dolphins, 252nd overall.

Signing as free agents were: Jake Ballard and Jim Cordle (New York Giants); Anderson Russell (Washington Redskins); Lawrence Wilson (Chicago Bears); Aaron Pettrey (Carolina Panthers), Ray Small (Minnesota Vikings) and Rob Rose (Seattle Seahawks).