Ohio State’s pro day Friday drew probably the largest group of NFL scouts and personnel since 2004. There were 31 teams there, and I’m willing to bet that the one team that was not spotted, the Redskins, probably had a guy there, too.
There were general managers — Pittsburgh’s Kevin Colbert, Buffalo’s Doug Whaley and the Jets’ John Idzik among them — as well as head coaches, offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators. Rob Chudzinski, a former head coach who is now an assistant in Indianapolis, was there. Seven director of player personnels were there, including Duke Tobin of the Bengals and Rick Reiprish of the Saints.
There must have been at least 50 coaches overall who were present for what was essentially a mini-NFL convention.
The last pro day that I could remember being bigger was Miami’s back in 2004. That might have been the last year in which Miami, in an attempt to make its pro day a more special event, would tell its players not to work out at the NFL combine so that they could all perform at the school’s pro day the following Saturday.
To make the event even more grand, Miami would run its pro day in conjunction with something it called Junior Day, when nearly 2,000 kids from all over the state would visit the football program. Imagine how impressed you would be if you were one of those kids touring Miami on that day and saw all 32 NFL teams, maybe six or seven NFL coaches, as well as several coordinators and even team owners.
That’s what Ohio State’s pro day was like today.
A total of 15 players worked out Friday, plus two guys from other schools, and conditions were ideal. Here’s a list of notable names:
Ryan Shazier, LB: Shazier ran the 40-yard dash once, and the times that were recorded varied, with a high of 4.41 seconds to a low of 4.35. Averaging out the best and the worst times, I’d give him a time of 4.38 seconds. Shazier pulled up at the end of his run with what was initially thought to be a left hamstring pull, but it was later changed to a strain, which isn’t as bad as we originally thought.
An interesting side note about Shazier and his training habits: He’s very careful about what he eats. I’m told he takes a picture of every one of his meals and sends it to his performance trainer, Mickey Marotti, because he wants to make sure that he’s eating correctly.
Jack Mewhort, OL: Mewhort (6-6, 315 pounds) kept all of his numbers from the combine. His workout Friday was very good, and he continued to show that he’s a good knee bender and waist bender, which is important if you want to be a good offensive lineman. Plenty of offensive line coaches were on hand, and Mewhort was worked out by a bunch of them. The consensus is that he’ll be a very good NFL guard.
Bradley Roby, CB: Roby (5-11, 195 pounds) kept everything he did at the combine, except for one thing: He ran the 3-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. He moves really well and is very good at defending passes that are thrown in front of him; his ball skills are not as good when he has to go back on passes.
Carlos Hyde, RB: Hyde (6-0, 234 pounds) kept everything from the combine. He pulled up with an injury when he ran the 40 at the combine and wasn’t ready to run today, but he’ll do that March 26 (location TBD). Hyde looked outstanding today in his position drills as a running back, and was especially impressive catching the ball.
Corey Brown, WR: Brown (5-11 3/8, 182 pounds) ran once today and posted a 4.50 in the 40. He had a good workout today and will probably be a third-day draft choice.
Corey Linsley, C: Linsley (6-2 3/4, 301 pounds), who was at the combine, posted 40 times of 4.97 and 5.00 today. He also had a broad jump of 8-foot, 11 inches, a short shuttle of 4.58 and a 7.86 3-cone drill. His arms measured at 31 7/8 inches. I think he’ll probably be a third-day pick.
Andrew Norwell, G: Norwell (6-5 3/4, 318 pounds) has 33 5/8-inch arms. He ran the 40 in 5.27 and 5.28 seconds. He had a 28-inch vertical and 8-foot, 9-inch broad jump. He put the bar up 22 times. He’s probably a free agent or a seventh-round pick.
Kenny Guiton, QB: Guiton (6-1 7/8, 204 pounds) was Braxton Miller’s backup at Ohio State but played pretty well in a couple of starts last season. Today he ran the 40 in 4.78 and 4.76 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.31, had a 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump. He looked good and had a lot of poise throwing the ball. I think he’ll probably be a free agent and enter camp as someone’s fourth quarterback.