Loaded with talented players at nearly every position, Ohio State on Friday hosted their annual pro day for the likes of Joey Bosa, Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliot and other big-name NFL prospects.
What happens when Ohio State opens their doors to personnel from all 32 NFL teams along with full production crews from major media outlets like NFL Network and ESPN? Perhaps the biggest and boldest pro day ever seen.
Tops on the list of attention was defensive end Joey Bosa, a player many believe has the talent to be the No. 1 player taken in the NFL Draft. While it will ultimately up to the Tennessee Titans if his talent is matched to the top selection, Bosa proved on Friday that he’s got the perfect blend of football IQ and skill.
Bosa reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 and 4.82 seconds while also recording a 31.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. Bosa also showed off his strength with 28 bench press reps of 225 pounds.
“Bosa is never going to be an elite speed rusher off the edge, but he wins with exceptional technique and hand usage, which he put on display during on-field drills,” Todd McShay said via ESPN Insider. “Perhaps the most important thing that came across was that Bosa just loves football. He did linebacker drills -- and looked great in them -- even though no one really expected that out of him.”
Widely regarded as the top running back, and perhaps only running back worth a first-round pick, Ezekiel Elliot used his time in front of NFL scouts and head coaches to showcase his abilities catching the ball out of the backfield.
“I think I show versatility at the running back position,” Elliott said via ClevelandBrowns.com. “and I’m a value on the field all three downs.”
Elliot entered the NFL Draft after a junior season in which he earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors with 1,821 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns along with 206 receiving yards.
In the Buckeyes’ National Championship Game victory over the Oregon Ducks on Jan. 12, 2015, Jones had a monster night, tallying 246 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Braxton Miller continued his transition by upping his 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds at the NFL Combine to 4.4 seconds.
Miller has all of the physical tools to make a seamless move from pass thrower to pass catcher, but former NFL general manager Gil Brandt believes there’s still plenty of work to do for him to do at his new position.
One of the men who ended up replacing Miller – who missed the entire 2014 season -- at quarterback was Cardale Jones.
Jones suffered a hamstring injury at the NFL Combine, but the 6-foot-5, 250 pounder went through an entire throwing session and apparently dazzled, especially with the power on his passes.
“During the positional workout, he threw the ball extremely well,” Brandt said. “He has a powerful arm, and can also take it off and feather it in there. As a result, Jones likely will have a lot of teams working him out this spring ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft. He definitely improved his status in the draft as far as quarterbacks are concerned.”
Jones finished his college career with a perfect 11-0 record as a starting quarterback, highlighted by his three victories to propel the Buckeyes to a National Championship during the 2014 season.
For his career, Jones threw for 2,323 yards and 15 touchdowns.
One named linked to the Redskins from Ohio State in mock drafts has been cornerback Eli Apple.
Apple only worked defensive back drills, but solidified his status as a first-round pick.