COLUMBUS — Seventeen Buckeyes took part in Ohio State’s Pro Day Thursday afternoon. For most, this was just another opportunity to step in front of the NFL scouts and coaches and show what they could do. For players like Tracy Sprinkle, Michael Hill, and Erick Smith who were not invited to the NFL Combine, it was their first chance to show what they could do in such a controlled environment.
All 32 NFL teams were represented. Five head coaches were on hand: Bill Belichick (Patriots), Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Matt Patricia (Lions) and Mike Zimmer (Vikings), as were four defensive coordinators and three general managers. All told, there were over 140 NFL representatives on hand to time, poke, prod, and talk to the 17 Buckeyes who took part.
That list of players: DE Sam Hubbard, QB J.T. Barrett, DL Jalyn Holmes, DE Tyquan Lewis, DT Tracy Sprinkle, LB Chris Worley, LB Jerome Baker, CB Denzel Ward, TE/FB/LB Zach Turnure, SAF Damon Webb, DT Michael Hill, DL Nick Seme, SAF Erick Smith, TE Marcus Baugh, DB Trevon Forte, WR Elijaah Goins, and OL Jamarco Jones.
Also, participating were Otterbein WR Hunter Joseph and Urbana WR Trevon Saunders. They, along with Baugh and OSU assistant receivers coach Brian Hartline, were Barrett’s receivers on the day.
Pro Days can be pretty hectic, so here is a mash-up of what was seen, heard, and said inside the walls at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Thursday.
+ There were no official 40 times posted, and not everybody even ran it on Thursday, as some where plenty happy with their performances at the NFL Combine. Other measurements were hard to come by as well, but Mickey Marotti tried as best as he could to remember.
+ You can check out every throw that J.T. Barrett made on Thursday and judge for yourself if the three-time Ohio State football captain has an NFL future.
+ Cardale Jones was on hand to give J.T. Barrett tips on what to expect. Barrett said he didn’t come into today trying to prove anything. He wasn’t angry or bitter, he’s striving to be great and he’ll see what happens. He said he’s not wrapped up in trying to prove the doubters wrong. He is trying to make his family and his OSU family proud and showcase his talents for the NFL.
+ Barrett felt he ran the show pretty well. He didn’t bench today or run the 40, but he was emotionally invested in his teammates doing it. “You should’ve seen me in there yelling. I was just happy for my guys.”
+ The conversations Barrett has had with scouts are about how they’ve already been scouting him for three years now.
+ New England head coach ran some drills with the defensive line and the defensive backs. Here’s a couple of clips of how that went.
+ Marcus Baugh had one or two drops on the day. He said he’d rather have no drops. He ran about the same as he did at the combine. I was told by one person that they had him at a 4.64.
+ Scouts from the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins were waiting around for Jerome Baker to finish talking to reporters. He weighed in today at 232 pounds, but was down to 221 at the end of the season. Baker said he’s had a great time with this process but he’s ready to be done with it. “I’m living my best life and I’m living my dream.” He is traveling and meeting new people and eating different food.
+ Baker didn’t run a 40 today. He didn’t run as fast as he wanted at the Combine, but if you give him an offensive player and give that guy the football, Baker is going to chase him down.
+ Chris Worley said he has spoken to the Steelers and they told him that he answers questions about football the same way that Ryan Shazier does. He credited that with how linebackers at Ohio State are prepared for the next step and life after college football.
+ Here’s a linebacker drill.
+ Billy Price talked with teams today because he is still recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. Things have been going great. The stitches from the surgery were removed a week ago. He is way ahead of schedule. Where he is now after 2.5 weeks is where they expected him to be at week six. Mickey Marotti said it won’t impact Price’s draft stock at all.
+ Sam Hubbard said there is a lot of motivation to go hard when you’ve got Bill Belichick running drills.
+ Hubbard didn’t run as well as he wanted to — 4.8s and 4.9s — but he felt like it was faster. Mickey Marotti said he thought Hubbard looked smooth. Hubbard was hoping for the 4.7s.
+ Here’s a look at some defensive line drills.
+ Tracy Sprinkle said he had a good day. He put up 33 reps on the bench press. “I think it’s a good amount.” He said you only need one team to like you. He said today was another day to go out and prove something. He ran in the 4.98-5.00 range today.