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30 NFL teams survey Buckeye prospects at Pro Day

Thomas Bradley / Campus editor

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Ohio State football players showed their talents for 30 different NFL teams at the Buckeyes’ Pro Day in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday.

Thirteen players, including running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackles Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts, linebacker Andrew Sweat and center Mike Brewster, attended the workout. Scouts from every NFL team except the Chicago Bears and New York Jets came to take in the action and evaluate the NFL hopefuls.

Herron compared the day to a job interview.

“(There were) a lot of great coaches out here,” Herron said. “You just want to put on the best show, be at your best.”

The Buckeyes’ Pro Day, which was led by OSU football strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, schedule featured events such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three cone drill, broad jump and individual position drills.

The 40-yard dash, which is considered by many as one of the most important measurable heading into the NFL Draft in April, saw only 10 Buckeyes and three non-OSU participants participate in the drill as Posey, Adams and Brewster opted to not test their 40-times.

Posey said the day’s events were the best part of the drafting process.

“This is the best part, man. Just football,” Posey said. “Running routes, catching balls, I feel like I do that the best. I just wanted to come out and make sure I catch everything today.”

Shugarts said he met with several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I was doing a lot of board work with the Chiefs,” Shugarts said. “I just got done with that … Just going over pass protections, they asked us our favorite run plays.”

While the purpose of the day was for Buckeye football players to prove to NFL scouts they have the ability to play at the next level, players’ family, friends and a number of former OSU players showed up to watch the action for themselves.

Notably, former Buckeye football players Beanie Wells, Jim Cordle, Doug Worthington, Bobby Carpenter, Joey Galloway, LeCharles Bentley, Chris Spielman, Andy Katzenmoyer and Dick LeBeau attended.

Additionally, current OSU football players such as Braxton Miller, Etienne Sabino, Travis Howard and Bradley Roby also came to support their former teammates.

Other players who took part in the day’s trials were Dionte Allen, Nate Ebner, Donnie Evege, Aaron Gant and Grant Schwartz.

In some ways, Friday’s combine was one of the last chances for OSU players to improve their NFL Draft status in the eyes of teams around the league.

Officially, the draft opens on April 26.

Andrew Hollern contributed to this story.

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