Ohio State Football: 8 Players Invited To NFL Combine


Will eight Ohio State players be chosen in the NFL draft this year?

12 Ohio State players were chosen in last year’s draft and eight more players are invited to this year’s combine. It would appear that all eight will probably be drafted which would make for an unbelievable two year total if that were to happen.

Six of the players invited to the NFL combine this year still had eligibility left. If all are chosen, that would be 13 such players drafted the last two years. Two from the 2012 recruiting class, six from 2013 and five from 2014.

Here the eight Ohio State players invited to the NFL combine and my short take on their situation. Malik Hooker won’t participate due to rehabing from surgery. That shouldn’t hurt Hooker as he is projected to be a top 10 pick.

Mock draft predictions on each of these players, with the exception of Cameron Johnston, were reported in an article by Eleven Warriors

Pat Elflein: Matt Miller’s mock draft is the only one that went past the second round. He had Elflein going in the third at 86. I have a feeling after interviewing Elflein, and others who know him, he will move up some. Also, a good bench press will certainly help.

Gareon Conley: Conley is predicted to be a borderline first rounder or a second round pick. I think it’s all about the 40 time with him. Cornerbacks who are projected as cover corners on the outside go in the first round, and he will have to prove he has the speed to be one.

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Marshon Lattimore: Just don’t mess up! Lattimore is projected to go somewhere between 6 and 18.

Raekwon McMillan: He has to perform well in the shuttle. Some have said it looks as though he plays stiff. If he shows agility, his draft stock will rise. His interviews will impress general managers as well.

Curtis Samuel: Run Baby Run! When they see him run in person, I think his late second or third round projection will change. I don’t know what more Samuel has to prove.

Noah Brown: If he shows he has the sticky hands teammates rave about, somebody may take him before the sixth round where he is projected to go.

Cameron Johnston: He has to promise not try a fake punt. He is 0 for 2 in his career.

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There you have it. I hope they all get chosen in the NFL draft so recruits will hear Ohio State talked about often again this year. That sure didn’t hurt Urban Meyer in the 2017 recruiting cycle.