Buckeyes At The Combine

Raekwon McMillan works to impress scouts at the NFL Combine. Photo Credit: AP

Noah Brown

6’2″ || 220 Pounds || 31 3/4″ Arm Length || 9 1/8″ Hands

● Bench Press: 19 Reps (2nd Best Wide Receiver)
● 3-Cone Drill: 7.07 Seconds
● 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 Seconds

Brown had just 32 receptions and 7 touchdowns for the Buckeyes last year, and only 33 receptions total in his entire Ohio State career. For that reason, one AFC scout told NFL.com that, “You’re going to have to do a lot of projecting with him and that’s not going to be easy.” Brown still defended his decision to leave school early. “I believe in my ability 100 percent. I feel I’m somebody who belongs at this level,” he said. “Even though I didn’t have the stats that most people have, I made big-time plays in big-time situations.”

Gareon Conley

6’0 || 195 Pounds || 33″ Arm Length || 9 1/2″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 4.44 Seconds
● Bench Press: 11 Reps
● Vertical Jump: 37.0″
● Broad Jump: 129.0″

Former NFL GM Charley Casserly said that no corner looked better doing drills than Gareon Conley.  And he certainly wasn’t the only one to feel that way. NFL.com analyst said that Conley looked like a top 15 selection. Could Ohio State have three defensive backs chosen that high? If so, Conley’s work in Indianapolis will be a big reason why. 

Pat Elflein

6’3″ || 303 Pounds || 33 1/4″ Arm Length || 9 3/4″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 5.32 Seconds
● Bench Press: 22 Reps
● Vertical Jump: 23.5″
● Broad Jump: 99.0″
● 3-Cone Drill: 7.94 Seconds
● 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.71 Seconds

Pat Elflein is regarded by scouts as a solid prospect, and his numbers at the combine seemed to bolster that. They were strong, if not flashy, much like the player himself. And he’s even stronger now. Since the end of his senior season, Elflein has changed his diet and showed off the resulting new physique with lower body fat in Indianapolis. Elflein also tried to sell NFL teams on his versatility, emphasizing his willingness and experience at right guard, left guard, and center.

Malik Hooker

6’1″ || 206 Pounds || 32 1/4″ Arm Length || 10 3/4″ Hands

Malik Hooker was unable to participate in drills at the combine, but he still may be one of the big winners of the event. How is that possible? Well, first of all, his measurements created a lot of buzz. Then, of course, came word about why he had to sit out workouts. Hooker explained that he had surgery January 31 to repair a torn labrum in his hip and a sports hernia, injuries he played through in the Fiesta Bowl. A reminder: He still had a tackle for loss, 7 tackles overall, and an interception in that loss to the Clemson Tigers. Toughness like that had one AFC personnel director predicting that Hooker will be an All-Pro by year three.

Cameron Johnston

5’11 || 194 Pounds || 31″ Arm Length || 9″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 4.92 Seconds

Cam Johnston went to the combine looking to prove that he could master a more traditional punting technique, as opposed to the rugby-style punting that he primarily relied on at Ohio State, a style–it should be noted–he used to great effect. Johnston averaged 46.7 yards per punt his senior season with a long of 70 yards.

 

 

Marshon Lattimore

6’0″ || 193 Pounds || 31 1/4″ Arm Length || 8 7/8″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 4.36 Seconds (Third Best Corner)
● Vertical Jump: 38.5″ (Third Best Corner)
● Broad Jump: 132.0″ (Second Best Corner)

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Marshon Lattimore picked in the top ten of the draft. In fact, the most pressing question about Lattimore was probably addressed during his medical testing…although surely his time in the 40-yard dash helped back up his contention that his hamstrings, which caused him problems in 2014 and 2015, are now just fine. He did skip on-field drills due to injury, but he announced on Twitter that was a hip flexor, not his hamstring. So in the end, Lattimore’s combine performance will probably just add to what were already rave reviews for the corner. “I’ve studied the top cornerbacks coming out and he’s the best I’ve seen,” an AFC personnel director told NFL.com.

Raekwon McMillan

6’2″ || 240 Pounds || 33″ Arm Length || 9 3/4″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 4.61 Seconds (Third Best Linebacker)
● Bench Press: 23 Reps (Fifth Best Linebacker)
● Vertical Jump: 33.0″
● Broad Jump: 121.0″
● 3-Cone Drill: 7.15 Seconds
● 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39 Seconds
●60-Yard Shuttle: 11.84 Seconds

Sports Illustrated listed Raekwon McMillan as one of the defensive players who helped their draft stock at the combine, and made a good point in doing so: Why would a three-year starter, two-time captain, with 110.5 tackles for Ohio State last season need any help boosting his draft stock? McMillan is remarkably overlooked considering his resume. That’s why posting the third best time among linebackers in the 40-yard dash was so important for him.

Curtis Samuel

5’11” || 196 Pounds || 31 1/4″ Arm Length || 9 1/2″ Hands

● 40-Yard Dash: 4.31 Seconds (Second Best Wide Receiver)
● Bench Press: 18 Reps
● Vertical Jump: 37.0″ (Fifth Best Wide Receiver)
● Broad Jump: 119.0″
● 3-Cone Drill: 7.09 Seconds
● 22-Yard Shuttle: 4.33 Seconds

The big dilemma NFL teams have regarding Curtis Samuel is where to use him? He’s been called a more athletic Jalin Marshall, and Marshall did start a game for the Jets last year while recording 2 touchdowns during his rookie season. And Marshall certainly didn’t run a 4.31 40-yard dash, like Samuel did. (Marshall clocked in at 4.6 seconds.) So NFL clubs could probably do a lot worse.

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