It's that time of year again. The time when the true football fans often get their first peek at what the next crop of potential stars will look like. The scouting combine is a good starting point to see what kind of measurable goods the young men have to offer to possible NFL suitors. The Buckeyes just had their visit with the combine officials and the results are now in. Overall it seems like a successful visit for many of the Buckeyes class at this year's NFL Combine.
Noah Brown, the six foot two 222 pound wide receiver, is a tall strong ox of a pass catcher. The reach is a lengthy 33 1/4 inch reach with quite large hands that has the strength behind it with 19 reps on the bench press. Running a 7 second cone drill and speedy 4.33 second 40 yard dash Brown can help many teams in the league with his size and speed. Brown's durability has been called into question since he suffered a broken leg that left him sidelined for a year. Last year, he did blossom some, but many scouts say they feel he is just starting to scratch the surface of his development due to his injury. His upside is much larger than his potential injury risk. He could easily go to a team like the Patriots, or Packers, but could drop to the second round because of the injury. When asked of his injury Brown returned with the determination of a warrior saying he has just as much to prove as anybody else.
Pat Elflein was the stalwart center that held Ohio State together at the line. Starting on the ends for his first two seasons he was great there, but this year the team needed him in the center to solidify the line. Hes a little on the short side, but the stoutness of Elflein more than makes up for a couple inches of vertical challenge. His power is pretty evenly matched between upper and lower body. He didn't blow anybody away with a 22 rep bench press, but did have a pretty fast 40 time with a time of 5.32. His teammates have nothing but praise on his work ethic and attitude. He is a team leader and was voted captain this year. The only noticeable knock so far is the footwork needs some attention yet, but the raw skills are there. Thinking he may be a second or third round pick this year. Easily fits in with many teams that need a swing player on the line. He could go in the guard slot especially, but has the goods to go anywhere on the line
Punter Cameron Johnston had his day, and is an average punter in terms of metrics. It is hard for punters to make the draft for any point, but he can still make a team with all hope.
Raekwon McMillan has a really good chance at a great career, but he has to put in some effort. He has a nose for making plays, but needs to work on releasing from blocks and pursuing tackles at the line rather than chase from around the corner. He is a good mix of speed and strength pushing 23 reps on the bench and running just over 4.6 on the 40 time. Many scouts are concerned with his athletic ability, but this combine could help to alleviate those concerns and improve his stock.
Curtis Samuel is an auxiliary player that played receiver for the Buckeyes. Slightly undersized at 5 foot 11 and not as strong as some with only 18 reps on the press, but he does make up with a strong speed in the 40 with a 4.31. He has decent cutting ability running a 7 second cone drill. As the last player on this list he may be the most intriguing because of the fact that he entered as a player without a position. He could be valuable at the back spot, much like Ty Montgomery for the Packers, but could work as a slot receiver or outside as a speedster too. He a versatile guy just looking for a chance. Some team should take a risk on him as early as in the fourth round. He would make an excellent return specialist in the early stages of his career.
Noah Brown Interviews at the 2017 NFL Combine