Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Looking at Ohio State's combine performances

Bradley Roby can run fast. Carlos Hyde hurt himself running. Ryan Shazier didn't run.

Consider it a typical NFL Scouting Combine for a major college program.

Ohio State sent six players to the combine, including three of its biggest names from the 2013 roster.

As expected, Roby demonstrated the physical prowess, running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, the seventh fastest time among combine participants. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Roby is a draft enigma. His measurable qualities all check out well -- he also completed 17 reps in the bench press -- yet his 2013 film isn't as impressive as his 2012 tape.

Still, no Buckeye boosted his stock more in Indianapolis than Roby, a potential first-round pick.

Hyde, a physical running back, suffered a hamstring injury while running the 40-yard dash. His time of 4.66 ranked in the middle of the running back pack. The 6-foot, 230-pound Hyde, unlike Roby, has impressive 2013 film.

Shazier opted against running the 40 at the combine because of a minor hamstring injury. He participated in the bench press (25 reps), vertical jump (42.0 inches, which is higher than Roby's leap of 38.5), broad jump (130.0 inches), 3-cone drill (6.91 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.21). The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier neither boosted nor hurt his draft stock. One of the nation's most productive linebackers, Shazier won't last beyond the second round.

Offensive tackle Jack Mewhort, center Corey Linsley and wide receiver Corey Brown also participated in the combine. Mewhort is the top pro prospect among the trio, but tackle is considered a deep position. Mewhort put up 28 reps in the bench press and ran the 40 in 5.37 seconds.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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