Ohio State Football: Latest NFL Combine buzz, including a bold prediction

Mar 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State defensive back Cam Brown (DB09) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State defensive back Cam Brown (DB09) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Ohio State football team has eight players participating at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week. Here is the latest news regarding them.

The Ohio State football team is no stranger to Indianapolis. While they haven’t been to the Big Ten Championship game in two seasons, they still have their share of Big Ten titles throughout the years. But this time of year, it’s the departed Buckeyes that make their way to Indy for the NFL Combine.

The big news of the day from an Ohio State perspective was that Jaxon Smith-Njigba announced that he wouldn’t run the 40-yard dash. This is kind of worrisome due to the fact that he was held out for all but 69 snaps this season due to a hamstring injury.

Scouts and NFL personal departments use the combine to see how healthy a player like JSN is and by him not running the 40, that may throw up a red flag for some teams. He is however expected to participate in other drills so hopefully that eases some minds.

In other 40-yard dash-related news, cornerback Cam Brown gave a big prediction when on the podium yesterday. He believes that he will run a sub 4.3 in the 40-yard-yard dash which would possibly make him the fastest player at the combine. Here is what he said, via Eleven Warriors:

"“I should. That’s the plan,” Brown said when asked if he’ll be the fastest defensive back at the combine. “My goal is to run a 4.2.”"

Brown kind of had an injury-filled career while in Columbus so if he thinks he can run that fast it would be news to all of us because we did not see that kind of speed on the field. But if he does manage to pull it off, Brown could go from a likely undrafted player to an NFL draft pick really quickly.

Lastly, defensive end Zach Harrison is turning some heads in Indy. He measured out to have the longest arms of any defensive line player at the Combine since 2014. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash or the cone drills so scouts will have to wait until the Ohio State pro day sees Harrison in action.

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Hopefully, these players can all help themselves while at the Combine. It’d be great to see all eight of them get drafted come April.