April 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - Former Ohio University offensive lineman Eric Herman was selected by the New York Giants during the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft, which is being held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Herman was picked 19th (225th overall) in the seventh round. The Oregon, Ohio native becomes the 31st player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft and the fifth to be taken in the Frank Solich Era.
"I'm excited for Eric (Herman) and his family," head coach Frank Solich said. "He's had a great career at Ohio University and he's been a joy to coach. We're looking forward to following his professional career."
Ohio has now had a player selected in the NFL Draft in five of the last six years.
"I couldn't be more proud of Eric," said offensive line coach Keven Lightner. "I recruited him out of high school and saw him develop from a 260-pound freshman to a player who got drafted to the NFL. The Giants got a great player and they will love him."
Herman becomes the first Ohio offensive lineman to be selected in the NFL Draft since former Bobcat Al Benton was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round back in 1972.
"Coach (Keven) Lightner has done a great job in developing offensive lineman in our system," Solich said. "The offensive line position has been a very strong area within our program for the past eight seasons."
In 2012, Herman started every game at right guard for the Bobcats and earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight year. He finished his career by starting in 51 straight games and helped Ohio to its second-consecutive bowl victory.
Herman appeared in 796 plays on the season and graded out at a 1.88. He posted team highs in pancakes (128) and knockdowns (131).