COLUMBUS — Ohio State would’ve sent 14 former players to the NFL Combine this year if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, the Buckeyes will have to show off their talents in front of NFL scouts at Ohio State’s Pro Day on Tuesday. Workouts are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The Big Ten Network will broadcast the event live. The NFL Network will provide live coverage, along with highlights on its Path to the Draft Pro Day Special at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Here is a quick breakdown of former Buckeyes expected to workout and what to watch for:
Justin Fields • 6-foot-3, 228 pounds
In two seasons at Ohio State, the Georgia transfer took the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff two times and became an NFL-ready quarterback. Where he will fall in April’s NFL Draft is unknown, especially after Friday when the San Francisco 49ers traded up for the third overall pick. What is known is Fields is an elite dual-threat quarterback and the only surefire first-rounder coming out of Ohio State this year. A strong workout and 40-yard dash Tuesday would only prove what is already known.
Trey Sermon • 6-foot-1, 215 pounds
What Trey Sermon did in his lone season at Ohio State won’t be forgotten anytime soon in Columbus. The all-purpose running back willed the Buckeyes to their victory in the Big Ten Championship Game. The injury he sustained in the national championship game held him out of the Senior Bowl, placing even more stock in his Pro Day performance. Kiper has him as the fourth-best running back in this draft class; a good outing could see him rise even more.
Josh Myers • 6-foot-5, 312 pounds
The center declared for the NFL Draft in January with another year of eligibility still on the table. A Rimington Trophy finalist, Myers was widely viewed as one of the best at his position in the country. Those opinions have carried over to next-level, as Mel Kiper Jr. has him as the fourth-best center in April’s draft. A two-year starter who also has repped at guard, his versatility as an interior lineman is alluring to teams who might not be looking for a starter.
Wyatt Davis • 6-foot-4, 315 pounds
The guard did enough in one year as a starter to be named to the Big Ten All-Decade team. And he could’ve left for good after he opted out in last September. But he didn’t. Instead, he came back and was named a unanimous All-American. Davis didn’t land on a first-round mock draft until recently, but Kiper has him as the No. 3 guard on his big board. A strong showing on Pro Day will only prove his worth to NFL organizations.
Luke Farrell • 6-foot-6, 258 pounds
He was an exceptional blocker at Ohio State, setting up a bright NFL career in a traditional offensive system. He only had five receptions in his final season with the Buckeyes and isn’t seen a downfield threat as a pass catcher. But what he lacks for as a receiver, he makes up for as a blocker.
Jonathon Cooper • 6-foot-4, 257 pounds
Mr. Block O came back for a final season in 2020 and only gave more tape for scouts to look at. He upped it another at the Senior Bowl with 1.5 tackles for loss, proving he can be a pass rusher at the next level. Coming from Ohio State’s 4-3 front also gives him an advantage with some teams since he has experience coming out of a three-point stance. A strong bench-press performance on Tuesday could help him.
Tommy Togiai • 6-foot-2, 235 pounds
A breakout junior year has the nose tackle soaring up draft boards. Kiper has him as his No. 8 defensive tackle in this year’s draft class, but Kiper thinks he could go as high as Round Three. Togiai has been know for his strength since his high school days. He’ll have another chance to show off his muscle on Tuesday.
Baron Browning • 6-foot-3, 240 pounds
He became known for his versatility at Ohio State, shifting between the outside and inside linebacker spots throughout his time in Columbus. Kiper has him as the No. 5 inside linebacker on his big board. Browning’s ability to be a trusted all-around defender will only boost his stock to NFL teams.
Tuf Borland • 6-foot-1, 234 pound
He was second in the team in total tackles last season, finishing with 3.5 tackles for loss. After tearing his Achilles tendon in spring of 2018, he recovered and still played in the fall. He started to get even more of his speed back in 2019 and 2020. A good 40-yard dash time from him on Tuesday could be crucial. Most importantly, he’s a high-character guy who was a three-time captain.
Justin Hilliard • 6-foot-1, 231 pounds
Entering last season, not many outside of Columbus knew his name. But with an interception and forced fumble last season, his name has popped up on draft boards after a superb senior year. A Cincinnati native, Hilliard nearly helped the Buckeyes bring home a national championship.
Pete Werner • 6-foot-3, 242 pounds
Kiper has Werner as the No. 6 outside linebacker in this year’s draft class. It’s a deserving title for a no-nonsense player who is expected to hear his name called on Day Two of next month’s draft. His flexibility to move around from SAM to MIKE impressed scouts last season, along with his ability to drop back in coverage.
Shaun Wade • 6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Many expected him to declare for the draft after the 2019 season, a sure first-round pick. But he returned, and he struggled to adjust to the outside, lockdown cornerback position after playing the slot. Kiper has him as the sixth-best cornerback in the draft — a possible second- or third-round pick. Wade is hosting his own Pro Day on April 14 at the Woody; he’s recovering from a lingering turf toe injury.
Blake Haubeil • 6-foot-3, 230 pounds
He was 13-of-15 on field goals and made all 85 of his extra points in his career with the Buckeyes. He kicked his career-long field goal at Northwestern, a 55-yarder which ranks as the second longest in Ohio State history.
Drue Chrisman • 6-foot-3, 222 pounds
A four-year starter at Ohio State, he averaged 45 yards per punt in his senior season. With the 53-man roster limitations in the NFL, teams typically carry only one punter. The New Orleans Saints recently cut their kicker, and the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers all might be interested in improving at the punter position.