Thomas Bradley / Campus editor
Former Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey’s final season as a Buckeye was far from picturesque.
Suspended for OSU’s first 10 regular season games, Posey was only able to play in the Buckeyes’ home finale against Penn State, the road matchup with Michigan and in the Gator Bowl versus Florida, all of which OSU lost. OSU ended the year 6-7, with Posey totaling just 162 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Posey’s pro day Saturday, however, was another story.
Following his workout, Posey stood in front of a group of reporters, smiling about his performance.
“I feel like I had a good day. I caught everything, so I’ll smile about that,” Posey said.
Along with 12 of his former teammates, Posey displayed his talents in front of coaches and scouts representing every NFL team except the New York Jets and Chicago Bears.
Worked out by new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Posey did not drop any passes and ran crisp routes.
Posey said it was important for him to have a good showing.
“It’s the period at the end of the sentence. It’s a two-month period, and you want to cap it all off with a great workout,” Posey said. “So, I really feel like right here I just wanted to put that period at the end of the sentence for this two-month period of training, working out. I feel like it went well.”
After talking with his agent before OSU’s Pro Day, Posey chose not to run the 40-yard dash Saturday.
“All the teams really got me through the range, through the grapevine, between 4.37 and 4.48, so I’ll take that time,” Posey said. “That’s why I felt comfortable here not to run.”
Plenty of current and former Buckeyes were on hand to watch Posey and other OSU NFL hopefuls, including Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells, Detroit Lions linebacker Bobby Carpenter and OSU freshman quarterback Braxton Miller.
Posey said being able to talk to other former OSU players about their pro days was helpful.
“We call it the ‘sacred brotherhood,'” Posey said of the OSU football fraternity. “We get it engraved on every one of our rings. We just try to keep the brotherhood sacred and we always support each other.”
With his pro day over, Posey now has to wait to see if any NFL teams are interested in bringing him in for an individual workout. Posey said he has no idea what any NFL teams are thinking about him.
“There’s so many smokescreens and different strategies to this, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just trying to be patient … make sure my phone line is on, so I’m answering all the calls for workouts and everything.”
In an exclusive interview with The Lantern in November, ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay spoke of Posey’s NFL prospects.
“I had him as a third-round prospect based off of tape from last year. He’s so athletic and he should keep getting better,” McShay said.
Posey said he isn’t sure where he’ll go in the draft in April.
“Nobody does. You can go early or you can go late. Who knows,” he said.
While he is unsure about many of the different aspects of the NFL Draft process, Posey said he could not have scripted a better Pro Day, with the exception of one thing.
“I wish I might have got some more water. My mouth was a bit dry,” Posey said jokingly. “Besides that, I feel like everything went good today, just exactly how I wanted things to go.”
The NFL Draft begins April 26.