NFL Combine Notebook: Buckeyes All Done in Indianapolis
By Tony Gerdeman
On Monday at the NFL Combine the defensive line and linebackers showed their wares, meaning Buckeyes Johnathan Hankins, Nathan Williams and Etienne Sabino all worked out.
Photo by Jim Davidson
John Simon (6-1 257) did not participate in any drills due to a shoulder surgery that he had three weeks ago. He expects to be able to work out for scouts in a few weeks, however.
Simon wasn't the only former Buckeye who had to deal with an injury. Sabino tweaked a hamstring after running his first 40-yard dash and didn't do any further drills after that.
He finished with a 4.75 40-yard dash, which was 15th out of 26 linebackers. It was, however, better than Manti Te'o's 4.82. Sabino measured in at 6'2" and 247 pounds. He did 24 reps of the 225-pound bench press, which was good for eighth. His broad jump of 114.0" was 20th.
He will have a chance to complete the rest of the drills, as well as improve his existing results, at Ohio State's Pro Day on March 8th.
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Johnathan Hankins (6-3 320) drew some raves during his drills, including NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who said "Johnathan Hankins moves extremely well for 320 pounds." He included that he could stand to lose some weight, but that he "carries it well."
Hankins, who chose not to bench press, ran a 5.31 40-yard dash, which was the fourth-slowest of all of the defensive linemen. His 26.0" vertical jump was also fourth-worst among the linemen. He went 104.0" on his broad jump, which tied for ninth-worst.
However, he showcased his athletic ability in the drills actually meant to apply to defensive tackles. He came into the NFL Combine as a projected first rounder, and it appears as though that's also how he left it.
Nathan Williams (6-3 241) entered the Combine with designs on playing linebacker at the next level, so he did both the defensive line drills as well as the linebacker drills.
Williams ran a disappointing 4.88 40-yard dash, though his 35.0" vertical was quite impressive. His 113.0" broad jump was nearly 15" short of the best mark on the day. He finished with 24 reps on the bench press.
During linebacker drills, he dropped a couple of passes, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that his college career was spent rushing the passer.
On Sunday, it was quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Zach Boren (5-11 238) was the only Buckeye to participate on the day. He ran a 5.0 flat 40-yard dash. He did 25 reps on the bench press, which was good for seventh. His 32.0" vertical was the same as Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, and two inches better than Stanford's Stepfan Taylor.
Boren's broad jump of 109" was dead last among those who participated in the drill. His 20-yard shuttle of 4.44 was the same as Taylor's, and better than Miami running back Mike James' 4.62.
The defensive backs will get their turn on Tuesday, but there were no Buckeye invitees from the secondary. Cornerback Travis Howard will have to settle for Ohio State's Pro Day in a couple of weeks.
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