A few Buckeyes performed well at the NFL Combine.

Na'Jier Howard, Sports Writer

Ohio State stars Paris Johnson Jr., C.J. Stroud, Dawand Jones, Luke Wypler, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Zach Harrison, Cameron Brown, and Ronnie Hickman perform at the NFL combine.

Offensive star Jaxon Smith-Njigba posted great numbers after missing the entire 2022 season. He ran a 4.59 40 yard dash, 37.0 inch vertical and 3.93 5-10-5 drill. Paris Johnson Jr. had insane numbers at 6’6 313 lbs, running a 5.05 40 yard dash, 32.5 inch vertical, and a 4.53 shuttle. Projected #1 overall pick C.J. Stroud didn’t get to perform in the 40 yard dash or anything of those natures, but he did throw very well and many scouts were impressed causing Carolina to trade up to the #1 pick. Those three players are projected to go into the first round.

Bleacher Report had many things to say about Njigba.

“Jaxon Smith-Njigba is an exceptionally nimble and intelligent receiver whose slot-only status puts a ceiling on his projection. Smith-Njigba is an effortless slot receiver. At 6’1″ and 200 pounds, Smith-Njigba has the size to outmatch many slot defenders while also possessing all the short-area movement skills and savvy to get open versus anyone. Smith-Njigba is a crafty, nimble route-runner with exceptional flexibility and burst. He does well to keep himself clean at the line of scrimmage as well as subtly create space at the top of his routes with crafty footwork and hand usage. Additionally, Smith-Njigba does well traversing across the field, showing great awareness of zones and leverage to slip into free space undeterred. When things break down for the quarterback, Smith-Njigba also does an excellent job adapting to the situation and working back to the quarterback,” states Bleacher Report.

Many defensive players shined also in the draft but none are projected to go into the first round. Ohio State has been offensively dominated since Coach Day took the job, not producing any defense against any above average teams. Coach Day is 45-6 starting his career and 2-3 in bowl games. He threw the ball well over 500 times almost every season since becoming the head coach of Ohio State with another QB like Justin Fields also being a 1st round QB under his helm.

Data shows if you go to Ohio State you’re more likely to become an All-Pro selection in the NFL.

“The Ohio State football program is one of the best programs in college football year in and year out. They win a lot of games and produce a ton of first-round draft picks. They are one of the premier destinations in the country when it comes to playing football. Data once again proves that if you go to Ohio State, your odds of becoming a great NFL player increase. No one between 2014-2022 produced more All Pros than the Ohio State football program according to OLBG. They produced a whopping 19 All-Pro players during that span,” says Ryan Stano in his tweet.