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NFL Draft 2017 - Pro Day - Ohio St
9 NFL Head Coaches Attend Ohio State Pro Day
13 Buckeyes, many high-round projections, take part in drills
Ohio State’s Pro Day has become a must-see event each March. The football program has developed 26 NFL Draft picks the past four years, including 12 last year, and seven first-round selections since 2013, thus making the Woody Hayes Athletic Center the place to be in March for NFL GMs, coaches and scouts, for family members of those seeking the opportunity to play on Sunday, and the media.
Photo - LB Raekwon McMillan
Thursday afternoon was no different. Under the direction of assistant athletic director for football sports performance Mickey Marotti, 13 players off the 2016 team took part in some combination of interviews, testing and competitive drills for more than 120 representatives encompassing all 32 NFL teams.
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Among the NFL personnel on hand: head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Todd Bowles (Jets), Jim Caldwell (Lions), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Hue Jackson (Browns), Marvin Lewis (Bengals), Mike Mularkey (Titans), Sean Payton (Saints) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and at least seven general managers.
Also on site: 79 credentialed members of the media, including two crews from the NFL Network (one is producing the online documentary featuring unanimous All-American and Rimington Trophy winner Pat Elflein) and one from Uninterrupted, which is taping a draft diaries documentary on cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
Similar to last year when 22 Buckeyes took part in Pro Day, this year’s competitors included a broad selection of positions represented, including three receivers (Curtis Samuel, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson), two cornerbacks (Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore) and two linebackers (Raekwon McMillan and Craig Fada).
Unanimous All-American safety Malik Hooker met with team reps but did not take part in drills.
2017 Pro Day Buckeye Bios
WR Noah Brown (6-2, 218) – Spent three seasons at Ohio State and had two seasons of eligibility remaining … after playing in all 15 games as a true freshman in 2014, he red-shirted 2015 after breaking a bone in his leg during fall camp … started all 13 games for the Buckeyes in 2016 and ranked second on the team with 32 receptions and 402 receiving yards … named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference … shared team lead with seven receiving touchdowns, including school-record tying four in the win at Oklahoma … 33 career receptions for 411 yards (12.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns.
SAF Jarrod Barnes (6-0, 200) – Walked-on to the Ohio State team in June of 2015 after graduating in three years from the University of Louisville with a degree in health and human performance … he played in five games during the past two seasons for the Buckeyes but he impacted the program and established himself as a team leader through his deeds off the field … Barnes graduated in August 2016 with his master’s degree in kinesiology and he immediately started work on his Ph.D. in sports management … he is believed to be the first active Ohio State football player ever to be working on a Ph.D. while still competing … Barnes is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree … he is currently working with Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, on developing a course for student-athletes who leave school early ... Barnes was a member of the Louisville Cardinals’ team from 2012 through 2014, playing in 21 games in the 2013 (11 games) and 2014 (10 games) seasons.
CB Gareon Conley (6-0, 195) – Conley was named second-team all-Big Ten by league’s coaches in 2016 … played in 42 games for the Buckeyes and started 27 games at cornerback … team captain who ranked second on squad in 2016 with four interceptions and had six for his career … also had eight pass break-ups in 2016 and 15 for his career … named honorable mention all-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2015 … totaled 91 career tackles and had one season of eligibility remaining.
K Tyler Durbin (6-3, 210) – Was one of the top kickers in college football in 2016 and as such was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award … he was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media ... led the Big Ten in scoring and kick scoring ... career-high three FGs in the road win at Wisconsin, including a game-tying 31-yarder with under 4 mins left to help send the game to overtime ... hit two more FGs from 33 and 30 yards at Penn State, two in the win over No. 10 Nebraska and two more in the road win at Maryland ... connected on all 11 extra point attempts in the win over Bowling Green, a school record ... named special teams player of the game by the team ... 2016 Academic All-District 5 and Academic All-Big Ten Conference … this was only his second season of competitive football ... played soccer for two seasons at James Madison University after a stellar high school and club soccer career.
C Pat Elflein (6-3, 300) – Elflein was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center … made the move to center as a fifth-year senior … played in 55 games and was a three-year starter and finished with 42 starts, including 41 consecutive starts to close his career … named all-Big Ten Conference three consecutive years – twice at guard and once at center – and was Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2016 … led offensive line to a finalist position for the Joe Moore offensive line of the year award … graduated in May 2016 with his degree in communications.
LB Craig Fada (6-1, 225) – Spent five seasons with the Ohio State program and played in 51 games, including all 15 games during the 2014 national championship season and all 13 games in 2016 … averaged 15 special teams plays per game in 2015 and 17 in 2016 … one of the team leaders with 10 special teams tackles in 2016 and 21 for his career … excellent work on the practice and playing fields coupled with dependable and responsible actions off earned him a scholarship for the 2016 summer and fall terms ... he and Joe Burger each earned four Varsity O letters in football after initially walking on to the team, something that certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all.
SAF Malik Hooker (6-2, 205) – Hooker, like Elflein, was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2016 after having a terrific season in his one-year as a starter … a third-year performer with sophomore eligibility this season, Hooker was a standout from game No. 1 when he recorded two interceptions in his first start … he ranked third nationally in interceptions with seven, interceptions yards with 181, and he was first among all players with three interception return touchdowns, including a critical 16-yarder in the win over Michigan … he ranked third on the team with 74 tackles … red-shirted the 2014 season as a true freshman and played in 12 games in 2015.
NFL Draft 2017
Pro Day Schedule
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March 7 Purdue, Georgia State, Northern Colorado
March 8 Alabama, Oklahoma, Colorado, Colorado State, Kentucky, Temple, Marshall, Eastern Kentucky, Central Oklahoma
March 9 Oklahoma State, , Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, UTEPDelaware, Delaware State, Jacksonville State, Penn, Samford
March 10 Auburn, New Mexico State, Northern Illinois, Tulsa, Army, Alabama State, Tuskegee
March 11 Washington
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March 13 Minnesota, Kansas, Wake Forest, Tennessee Tech, Furman, North Alabama, Valdosta State, Albany State, Charleston Southern, Wofford, Princeton, Brown, Laval
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March 14 Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Boston College, Northwestern, Newberry, West Georgia, South Carolina State, Youngstown State, Liberty, Richmond
March 15 Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, Buffalo, Charlotte, James Madison, Mercer, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, New Hampshire, California-Davis, Sacramento State
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March 16 Clemson, Oregon, Penn State, Illinois, Arizona State, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Pittsburg State, William&Mary
March 17 Oregon State, Georgia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, Arkansas State, Bucknell, Kennesaw State, Tennessee State, Northern Arizona
March 20 Syracuse, North Carolina State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Hawaii, North Carolina Central, Merrimack, Azusa State
March 21 UCLA, North Carolina, Troy, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, South Florida, North Carolina A&T, Tusculum
March 22 Southern California, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Duke, UConn, Fresno State, Central Florida, Cincinnati, UMass, Weber State, Northwestern State, Missouri State, Ashland, Duquesne, Elizabeth City State
March 23 Ohio State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Missouri, Utah, San Diego State, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Bethune-Cookman, Eastern Washington, Jackson State, Lamar, San Diego, Slippery Rock, Tennessee-Martin
March 24 Michigan, Arizona, California, BYU, Memphis, Akron, Kent State, Utah State, Missouri Western
March 27 Houston, Rice, Villanova, Appalachian State, Cal Poly, Monmouth, Morgan State
March 28 Florida, Florida State, Texas, Iowa State, Miami (O), Florida A&M, Texas State, Stony Brook
March 29 Texas A&M, Miami, Maryland, Navy, Southern Methodist, Ohio, Florida International, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Illinois State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, Stephen F Austin, Bowie State
March 30 Boise State, Louisville, Florida Atlantic, Ball State, Georgia Southern , Chattanooga, Western Illinois, Sam Houston State, Prairie View A&M, California (PA), Citadel, Dartmouth, Yale
March 31 Tennessee, West Virginia, Indiana, Western Kentucky, Jacksonville
April 3 Mississippi
April 4 Southern Mississippi, South Alabama
April 5 LSU, Baylor, Southern, Gardner-Webb
April 6 Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M-Commerce
April 7 TCU, Tulane, Portland State
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long-time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.
NFL Free Agency 2017 - Top 50 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ -
Franchise & Transitional Players not included
Rank/ Player/ Positon / Age / Team
1 A.J. Bouye CB 26 Texans
2 Calais Campbell DE 31 Cardinals - (deal pending with Jaguars)
3 Stephon Gilmore CB 26 Bills - (deal pending with Patriots)
4 Alshon Jeffery WR 27 Bears
5 Dont'a Hightower LB 27 Patriots
6 Tony Romo QB 37 Cowboys
7 Brandon J. Williams DT 28 Ravens
8 Pierre Garcon WR 31 Redskins - (deal pending with 49ers)
9 Adrian Peterson RB 32 Vikings
10 Terrelle Pryor WR 28 Browns
Photo - RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings
11 Kevin Zeitler G 27 Bengals
12 Mike Glennon QB 27 Buccaneers - (deal pending with Bears)
13 Morris Claiborne CB 27 Cowboys
14 DeSean Jackson WR 30 Redskins - (deal pending with Bucs)
15 J.C. Tretter C 26 Packers
16 Dontari Poe DT 26 Chiefs
17 Tony Jefferson S 25 Cardinals
18 T.J. Lang G 29 Packers
19 Nick Perry LB 27 Packers
20 Jonathan Hankins DT 25 Giants
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21 Andrew Whitworth T 35 Bengals - (deal pending with Rams)
22 Ronald Leary G 28 Cowboys - (deal pending with Broncos)
23 Riley Reiff T 28 Lions
24 Zach Brown LB 27 Bills
25 Larry Warford G 26 Lions
26 Ricky Wagner T 27 Ravens - (deal pending with Lions)
27 Martellus Bennett TE 30 Patriots
28 Matt Kalil OT 27 Vikings - (deal pending with Panthers)
29 Logan Ryan CB 26 Patriots
30 Kenny Britt WR 28 Rams - (deal pending with Browns)
31 Chris Baker DT 29 Redskins
32 Johnathan Cyprien S 27 Jaguars
33 Dre Kirkpatrick CB 27 Bengals
34 Jabaal Sheard LB 28 Patriots
35 Micah Hyde DB 26 Packers
36 Nick Fairley DT 29 Saints
37 Lorenzo Alexander LB 34 Bills
38 Brandon Marshall WR 33 Jets - (deal signed with Giants)
39 Bennie Logan DT 27 Eagles
40 J.J. Wilcox S 26 Cowboys
41 Kyle Juszczyk FB 26 Ravens - (deal pending with 49ers)
42 Eddie Lacy RB 27 Packers
43 Torrey Smith WR 28 49ers - (deal pending with Eagles)
44 LeGarrette Blount RB 30 Patriots
45 Kevin Minter LB 26 Cardinals
46 Austin Pasztor OL 26 Browns
47 Jared Cook TE 30 Packers
48 Michael Floyd WR 27 Patriots
49 Jamaal Charles RB 30 Chiefs
50 Malcolm Smith LB 27 Raiders
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Photo - QB Tony Romo - Cowboys
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Top 5 Defensive Workouts by Positions
Adams, Montravius - Auburn
Started off the defensive workouts with a blazing 4.87 forty time.
Garrett, Myles - Texas A&M
Freak athlete ran a 4.64 time at 272 lbs. and 35 ¼” arms and added a 41”VL along with 33 reps.
Thomas, Solomon - Stanford
Strong athlete ran a 4.69 time at 273 lbs. and 35” arms and added a 35”VL along with 30 reps.
Willis, Jordan - Kansas St.
Rising athlete ran a 4.53 time at 255 lbs. and 33.5” arms and added a 39”VL and 10’5” BJ along with 24 reps and an awesome 6.85 three cone time.
Jones, D.J. - Mississippi
Strong squat tackle ran a 5.04 time at 319 lbs. and added a 28.5”VL and 9’2” BJ along with 25 reps.
Kpassagnon, Tanoh - Villanova
Freakish athlete ran a 4.83 time at 6’7” and 289 lbs. and 35 5/8” arms and added a 10’8”BJ along with 23 reps.
Photo - DE Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova
Hendrickson, Trey - Florida Atlantic
Relentless athlete ran a 4.65 time at 266 lbs. and added a 33.5”VL and 10’2” BJ along with a fast 7.03 three cone drill.
Rivers, Derek - Youngstown St
Wiry athlete ran a fine 4.61 time at 248 lbs. and 32 3/4” arms and added a 35”VL along with 30 reps.
Jones, Nazair - North Carolina
Big athlete ran a 5.11 time at 6’5” and 304 lbs. with 34 5/8” arms and added a 24.5”VL along with good positional drills.
Walker, Charles - Oklahoma
Physical tackle ran a 4.96 time at 310 lbs. and 33 3/4” arms and added a 28”VL and 9’1” BJ along with 25 reps.
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Reddick, Haason – Temple
One of the stars of the Combine with impressive overall numbers and great postseason. Ran a nice 4.52 time with 24 reps, 36.5’ VL, 11’1” BJ and a 7.01 three cone at 61” and 237 lbs.
Cunningham, Zach - Vanderbilt
Big rangy athlete impressed with movement and leaping skills. Ran a 4.67 time with a 35” VL and 10’5” BJ and finished with a 7.03 three cone.
Anzalone, Alex - Florida
At 241 lbs., ran a 4.63 time and a 6.88 three cone.
Price, Ejuan – Pittsburgh
Ran a 4.84 time with 20 reps, 31.5” VL and 9’9” BJ at 5’11 and 241 lbs.
Brown, Blair – Ohio
Quick short backer continues to impress with 4.65 time, 37” VL and impressive positional drills.
McMillan, Raekwon - Ohio St.
Ran a nice 4.61 time with 23 reps, 33’ VL and 10’1” BJ at 6’2” and 240 lbs.
Riley, Duke - LSU
Rising prospect ran a fast 4.58 time with a 34.5” VL, 10’2” BJ and a 6.89 three cone drill.
Watt, T.J. - Wisconsin
Ran a fine 4.69 time with 21 reps, 37’ VL, 10’8” BJ and a 6.79 three cone at 6’4” and 252 lbs.
Walker Jr., Anthony – Northwestern
Ran a nice 4.65 time with 23 reps and 30.5’ VL and 9’8” BJ at 6’1” and 238 lbs.
Biegel, Vince - Wisconsin
Savvy 246 lb. backer ran a nice 4.67 time and a 6.92 three cone drill.
Peppers, Jabrill – Michigan
Blue chip athlete became first player to worked out with safeties and linebackers on different days. Ran a 4.46 time with 19 reps, a 35.5” VL and a 10’8” BJ and finished with strong defensive back positional drills.
Melifonwu, Obi - Connecticut
Huge athlete had an outstanding overall performance with a 4.40 time, 44” VL and 11’7” BJ.
Moreau, Fabian - UCLA
Rising prospect continues his strong postseason with a 4.35 time, 38” VL, 11’4” BJ and a 6.94 three cone.
Myrick, Jalen - Minnesota
Compact corner ran a super 4.28 time, 37’5” VL and 10’4” BJ that has scouts running for film.
Griffin, Shaquill - Central Florida
Big agile defender had an excellent all around effort with a 4.37 forty, 38.5” VL and 11’BJ.
Nicholson, Montae - Michigan St.
Physical 212 lb safety came ready to workout and ran a 4.42 times, 10.5” BJ and 35” VL that left a strong impression.
Witherspoon, Ahkello – Colorado
Tall agile cover man continues his amazing rise up the charts. Ran a 4.45 time with a 40.5” VL and 6.93 three cone drill.
Tankersley, Cordrea – Clemson
Talented senior put together a strong performance with a 4.40 time and 10’1BJ to dispel some criticism of 2016 tape.
Langley, Brendan – Lamar
Huge athlete had a well-rounded workout with a 4.43 time, 22 reps, 10’3” BJ and 35.5” VL.
King, Desmond – Iowa
Senior defender lined up at both corner and safety and showed his versatility to play early in package defenses. Excellent 6.67 three cone helped his cause.
Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.