Ohio State Pro Day report
On Wednesday afternoon, Ohio State held its annual Pro Day for its departing players to workout in front of NFL personnel. All 32 NFL teams were represented at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and approximately 130 NFL scouts, GMs and coaches were on hand to see the Buckeyes go through workouts.
While this year’s Scarlet and Gray draft class is not as large as those of the past, Ohio State did have 11 players take part in Pro Day. After many draft-eligible Buckeyes had a successful NFL Combine, not all players did every exercise, but quarterback Dwayne Haskins, wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell, offensive linemen Michael Jordan, Isaiah Price, Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, running back Mike Weber, defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and kicker Sean Nuernberger all did various drills for their position in front of NFL eyes. Linebacker Dante Booker and cornerback Kendall Sheffield were expected to workout after not going to the combine but did not take part in any on-field drills. Defensive end Nick Bosa elected to stick with his impressive combine results and not take part either, although he was present to watch his former teammates. Many current Scarlet and Gray players also were in attendance to see how their former teammates did.
Following the Pro Day, Bucknuts was able to speak with a number of the former Ohio State players on hand, and updates from those interviews will be coming out over the next couple of days. In the meantime, here is a recap of how the Buckeyes performed at Pro Day.
Who was in attendance?
As mentioned, every single team from the NFL, and even a couple of Canadian Football League teams, were in attendance at the WHAC on Wednesday. Recognizable names such as Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden were all in attendance. In addition, there were a number of NFL general managers, including Mike Mayock (Oakland Raiders), John Lynch (San Francisco 49ers), Rick Spielman (Minnesota Vikings) and Brandon Beane (Buffalo Bills). According to Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns had the most representatives, sending a total of 12 people.
Current Buckeyes who showed up to watch their former teammates work out included quarterback Justin Fields, wide receivers Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor, K.J. Hill, defensive linemen Chase Young, Jonathon Cooper and Tyreke Smith and running back J.K. Dobbins. All of the current Scarlet and Gray coaches were on hand at various times as well.
Both ESPN and the NFL Network were live on the scene from the WHAC including both Todd McShay and Louis Riddick.
Typically the most talked about event of the NFL Combine or any pro day, the 40-yard dash was rather anticlimactic at the WHAC on Tuesday. After the likes of Parris Campbell (4.31 seconds), Terry McLaurin (4.35) and Johnnie Dixon (4.41) proved they were some of the fastest players at the combine, and Dwayne Haskins (5.04) and Dre’Mont Jones (5.12) were happy with their times, none of these players felt the need to run the 40 again.
In fact, that only Ohio State player who did run the 40-yard dash on Wednesday was offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon, who was not invited to the combine. Although no official scores are given out to the media, Pridgeon clocked in somewhere around the 5.50-second mark.
Ohio Dominican wide receiver Cory Contini and Air Force wideout Jalen Robinette, both from Ohio, also worked out at the Pro Day and both took part in the 40-yard dash.
While all of the drills show NFL coaches and scouts a lot of what they want to see from a player, the thing most people want to know about comes when the balls are on the field and the quarterbacks are throwing to receivers. That was certainly a prominent part of Ohio State’s Pro Day, as Dwayne Haskins showed off his arm while Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and Mike Weber, as well as Cory Contini and Jalen Robinette, got to showcase what they could do running routes and catching passes.
During his scripted routine, Haskins threw 50 passes with his receivers running various routes. He completed all but five, including one drop.
The receivers also looked good, running crisp routes and making nearly all of the catches. They were all pleased with what they showed NFL personnel at Pro Day and receive positive feedback from those they spoke to afterward.
Like at the NFL Combine, a number of players went through agility drills, such as the 20-yard shuttle run and 3-cone drill. Unlike last year’s event, these drills were done well away from the area the media was allowed to be, meaning any times were almost impossible to come by.
Mike Weber and Johnnie Dixon were the only skill position player to take part in the agility drills. Weber appeared to move well for a player that many don’t think of as agile. After his fast running at the combine, Weber is doing himself a favor in front of NFL eyes this offseason.
Dixon also impressed, moving freely as expected. There aren’t many questions about Dixon when it comes to his athleticism.
Dre’Mont Jones also took part. He moves well for a big guy, and should not be compared to Weber and Dixon.
Ohio State had four offensive linemen take part in drills in Michael Jordan, Isaiah Prince, Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox. Knox, who is coming off a foot injury suffered against Michigan that saw his Buckeye career end prematurely, did not do everything while still recovering.
Seeing these four in shorts and t-shirts moving through drills, it’s obvious they look the part, especially Jordan and Prince. All four will need just one team to fall in love with them and see potential to hear their name called in the NFL Draft.
Kicking and special teams
Following all of the other drills, Sean Nuernberger stepped up to showcase his leg. The former Ohio State kicker made nearly everything he was expected to, and then some. Nuernberger attempted kicks from 50-plus yards and a 60-yard kick, both of which had the distance but were wide. He then moved back to practice kickoffs, kicking a number of his attempts into the end zone and placing some others near it.
Terry McLaurin went outside to practice fielding punts. Although that’s not something he did as a Buckeye, McLaurin has always been a willing participant on special teams and said anything he can show a team he can do, he will.
What they’re saying
As mentioned, there were a number of media personalities in attendance for Ohio State’s Pro Day. The Buckeyes sent out some of the comments from those media members following the event. Here is what they had to say on the Scarlet and Gray players who worked out:
Louis Riddick, ESPN: “Coach Day and this program have things rolling. You look at what they are doing on the field and the amount of talent that is produced in this program, it’s as good as anyone. The stuff you see here will easily translate to the NFL and they’ll be well represented come the 2019 NFL season.”
Todd McShay, ESPN: “In terms of sheer quantity, you can put Ohio State up against anyone as far as producing NFL talent. What stands out to me is the overall speed. They’ve clearly put a premium on recruiting very talented, very fast athletes and it shows. These are probably the fastest team’s that Ohio State’s ever had.”
Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings GM: “When an Ohio State player comes into the league, you know you’re getting someone who is mature and who’s played at a high level. They’ll be ready to handle what’s put in front of them.”
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: “What sticks out to me is the bond you feel among the players. You won’t go anywhere and see guys cheer for each other the way they do here. The track record speaks for itself. There’s so much talent here and they’ve made the transition to contribute at the next level. You combine the talent, the competitiveness and the coaching, it makes it easy to see why.”
In talking to most of the Ohio State players following the pro day, they all have pretty much the same upcoming schedule. These players will now meet with interested teams, some for workouts, some for interviews and some for both, and continue to work out on their own over the next month until the NFL Draft. Coming from Ohio State, NFL teams always have interest, so it sounds like these former Scarlet and Gray players will have a busy next few weeks.
Almost all of them were relieved to be through this part of the evaluation process and are looking forward to after the draft when they know where they are going and can begin focusing on football full time.
It was another good day for the Buckeyes hoping to get drafted in the spring.
Ohio State Pro Day results, live photos, video and updates
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were at Ohio State on Thursday for the Buckeyes’ Pro Day workout. (Bill Landis, cleveland.com)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football’s NFL Draft hopefuls are working out on Thursday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during the Buckeyes’ annual Pro Day. Representatives from 32 NFL teams, including nine head coaches and six general managers, are in attendance.
Follow along here for live updates, photos, video and results from cleveland.com’s coverage team of Bill Landis, Doug Lesmerises and Ari Wasserman.
Pro Day starts at noon with 40-yard dashes, and will continue through 3:30 p.m. with other tests and on-field drills. Follow along below for updates:
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Ohio State Pro Day results, live photos, video and updates Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were at Ohio State on Thursday for the Buckeyes’ Pro Day workout. (Bill Landis, cleveland.com)