Eleven Ohio State football players have been invited to the 2018 NFL Combine, held February 27-March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Buckeyes who have earned invites are linebackers Chris Worley and Jerome Baker, quarterback J.T. Barrett, tight end Marcus Baugh, offensive linemen Billy Price and Jamarco Jones, defensive ends Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, and Tyquan Lewis, safety Damon Webb, and cornerback Denzel Ward.
The 11 invites are the second-most for a single school this season, as Alabama will be sending 14 players to Indy.
Ohio State seniors who did not receive invites include defensive tackles Tracy Sprinkle and Michael Hill.
Here are some various projections for each of the 11 invitees.
Jerome Baker — CBSSports.com has Baker as the No. 119 prospect in the draft, which would put him in the third round. Bleacher Report likes him at No. 60 in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
J.T. Barrett — NFL.com sees Barrett as a 7th rounder or undrafted. “Great leader and a high character guy. I want him to succeed but I just don’t see enough talent to be an NFL quarterback.” — AFC regional scout.
Marcus Baugh — Possibly a 7th rounder. “Baugh looks like most Ohio State tight ends coming out, but he lacks the talent and production of their most recently drafted prospects. He is a segmented mover who looks unnatural getting in and out of his breaks and he simply doesn’t have the hands teams want from a move tight end. Unless Baugh can become a substantially better run blocker, finding a roster spot could become very difficult.”
Jalyn Holmes — “Played inside a scheme that asked defensive linemen to give themselves up with slants which limited production. Has length and natural power to become a more dominant player at point of attack. Long levers suit him as an interior pass rusher. Has a spin move that could become a weapon.” Projected to go in the third round.
Sam Hubbard — “I think he’s going to end up being a good pro. He plays hard all the time. He just needs to add a little more muscle and find a go-to move that he can win with as a rusher and he’ll be a consistent starter for years.” — NFC team director of college scouting. NFL.com sees him as having a chance to become an NFL starter.
Jamarco Jones — “Jones isn’t overly impressive and doesn’t have many ‘wow’ features, but he gets his job done. He lacks desired NFL height, but makes up for it with longer arms and good upper body strength. While his body control needs improvement, he has proven to have the slide quickness and lateral agility to handle duties on the blind-side. Jones has the talent to become a solid to good NFL starter.”
Tyquan Lewis — “Average athlete at the position. Movements can be somewhat segmented. Plays with too much wasted motion. Feet get heavy when asked to change direction suddenly. Gives up some positioning at the point of attack. Not a force against the run.” NFL.com sees Lewis as a 5-6th round pick.
Billy Price — Seen as a first or second-round pick. “Man he is a different kind of guy altogether. Has a lot of edge for sure. Love his toughness and his grit and wait until you see him at the combine. He might hit 40 on the bench and he’s going to run well too.” — AFC team pro personnel director.
Denzel Ward — A first-round pick according to everyone. “Supreme athletic ability. Expected to be impressive Combine tester. Can park in a deep squat under wide receiver’s chin at the line. Patient from press showing no panic or hurry in initial movements. Can pedal and mirror for a long time without opening hips. Tremendously gifted footwork. Mirrors and matches with good balance throughout the route. Matches changing route speed stride for stride.”
Damon Webb — “Cornerback-turned-safety with limited speed and athletic ability, but solid football intelligence. Webb is a two-year starter who failed to post much production until this season. His play continued to improve as he got more comfortable at the position, and he may still have improvement ahead. However, he lacks the makeup speed and cover talent teams look for from free safeties and he doesn’t have the size to handle work near the box. Webb would benefit from finding a zone-heavy, two-deep fit.” Webb projects to be a late draft pick or an undrafted free agent.
Chris Worley — “Worley isn’t an imposing linebacker, hasn’t had impressive production and probably won’t run well. However, he has a load of intangibles that will appeal to evaluators as either a late-round pick or a priority free agent. Worley is tough and plays with good physicality and could earn a spot at the table as a core special teamer.”