We are now in week number two of the football withdrawal portion of the sports year. The Super Bowl took place ten days ago. The next thing die-hard football fans look forward to is the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Wednesday afternoon, the NFL took the next step toward the week-long event where future NFL players show off their talents in shorts and a t-shirt, or in some cases no shirt at all. The league announced the 330 college players who will participate in the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium next month.
There are plenty of Ohio State Buckeyes going to Indianapolis in 2017. The scarlet and gray doesn’t have the most participants this year. In 2016, the Buckeyes lead all schools with 14 players in attendance. Eight members of the 2016 Buckeyes College Football Playoff team are invited to workout at the combine.
8 Ohio State football players have been invited to the NFL Combine.
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The 8 Buckeyes invited to the NFL Combine:
— Ohio State SPORTalk (@SPORTalkOSU) February 15, 2017
On offense, wide receiver Noah Brown, center Pat Eflein and running back and wide receiver Curtis Samuel will show off their skills. Samuel can go as high as the second round this April. Brown could go as high as the third round in the NFL draft. Eflein could be the first center drafted in April. In addition, Eflein can play guard if needed.
The Ohio State special teams representative is punter Cameron Johnston. It will be interesting to see if his rugby style punts can be successful at the next level. So expect Johnston to be a late round selection or an undrafted free agent signee.
The silver bullet defense will be well represented in Indianapolis. Four members of last years defense could be drafted in the first round.
NFL scouts will keep a close eye on the three members of the Ohio State secondary in attendance. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley could be the first two cornerbacks selected. In addition, safety Malik Hooker should be the first safety drafted. Hooker won’t be able to workout at the combine due to labrum and hernia surgeries.
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan would be a reach in the first round. He can be a steal the rest of the way. The Buckeyes leader in tackles in 2016 will be a terrific addition to any NFL teams defense for years to come.
Ohio State has the fourth most players attending the combine in the country. The Buckeyes have the second most players in the Big Ten participating in Indianapolis. The rival Michigan Wolverines lead all programs with 14 players heading to the combine.