Pro Day March 23: Ohio State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Much to get to at this late hour and more to be posted tomorrow. So let’s get to it.

Ohio State

The Buckeyes pro day was the big one on Thursday’s schedule, and it was a packed event. Most all the combine invitees stood on their testing numbers from Indianapolis but participated in position drills.

Receiver Noah Brown ran the 40 today after bypassing the test at the combine and clocked a pedestrian 4.57s. His position work was nothing spectacular, very much similar to his film. Brown offers terrific size (6-foot-2 and 220 pounds at the combine) but is undeveloped in many areas of his game and will be a late-round choice.

Curtis Samuel looked outstanding in position drills. He was run through a battery of receiver and running back drills and he also fielded punts. There’s a lot of debate as to where Samuel will line up at the next level. Most have him on their receiver board while Samuel ranks as our fifth-rated running back.

Sources from Ohio State I spoke with concur and feel Samuel is a Darren Sproles type player who should primarily line up in the backfield and occasionally spend time as a slot receiver while doing much of his damage as a return specialist.

Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley both looked terrific in drills.

Lattimore was the smoother of the two, displaying terrific footwork and the ability to flip his hips in drills. Conley was not far behind in drills.

When comparing the two, Ohio State sources told me Lattimore is the better athlete but Conley does everything right all the time.

The Ohio State source told me Conley is a better version than Eli Apple, the 10th pick of last year’s draft. This is the second time this month that opinion has been passed to me. The first time was during the combine.

Linebacker Raekwon McMillan also looked good in position drills. He was not only smooth and fast but showed a lot of ability moving laterally and pedaling in reverse during coverage drills.

Primarily stamped as a two-down defender, scouts on hand felt McMillan showed just enough to make them believe he has three-down potential. He had dinner with the New York Jets and their defensive coordinator last night, and McMillan interviewed with the entire staff of the New Orleans Saints.

Utah

I’m hearing a lot of positive notes from the Utah's pro day, but the praise for Hunter Dimick has been deafening.

Dimick, who was a combine snub, measured 6030 and 268 pounds, completed 38 reps on the bench press and then ran as fast as 4.69s in the 40. He was then put through defensive line drills and also did a few drops into coverage.

During the March 13 edition of Monday Musings, I stated that I felt reasonably sure Dimick would play on Sundays. After today I feel the need to apologize to Hunter for underestimating him.

The count of offensive line coaches on hand at the Utes pro day reached 19 and included coaches from the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions. By all accounts they got their money’s worth.

Garett Bolles stood on his combine numbers but participated in position drills and left no doubt he’s the premiere left tackle in the draft. The question is how early will he be selected? Most I spoke with say definitely top-20 while some feel top-12 is a possibility.

The Utes other tackle Sam Tevi also impressed scouts. He moved incredibly well for a big man who measured 6060 and showed decent range in drills. Tevi met with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots.

Isaac Asiata also looked good, showing solid movement skills for a big man. Comparisons were being made to former first-round pick Josh Garnett, and most feel Asiata has solidified himself as a second-day choice.

San Diego State

Nico Siragusa looked very good during Thursday’s pro day. Siragusa tipped the scale at 312 pounds then timed 5.27s in the 40. He looked good in drills and moved around very well.

Linebacker Calvin Munson was a big winner and by all accounts looked terrific.

Munson timed anywhere from 4.68s to 4.75s in the 40, completed 25 reps on the bench and touched 32 inches in the vertical jump and 9-foot-9 in the broad. He looked very good in drills, especially moving laterally -- which has been his nemesis. The feeling leaving pro day is that Munson secured a spot in the late rounds.

Munson has official visits to the Detroit Lions and New York Giants on his schedule.

Running back Donnel Pumphrey looked really good catching the ball while sleeper pass rusher Alex Barrett weighed in at 252 pounds, timed 4.93 seconds in the 40 and showed terrific short-area quickness.

Finally cornerback Jamal Agnew measured 5094 and 186 pounds, timed 4.35s in the 40 and touched 36 inches in the vertical jump.

Former SDSU linebacker Miles Burris, a fourth-round pick of the Oakland Raiders and presently a free agent, also took part in the workout.

Stanford

I’m told Solomon Thomas looked tremendous in position drills. The word on Thomas is that teams love him and he’s going to be drafted earlier than most predict.

Receiver Francis Owusu, whose brother Chris recently retired from the NFL, had a sensational workout.

The younger Owusu measured 6030 and 221 pounds, posted a 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-7 in the broad and then ran as fast as 4.34s in the 40. He looked good in pass-catching drills, snatching everything tossed in his direction.

Cardinal kicker Conrad Ukropina, who could slide into the late rounds, also impressed with his leg strength.

Maine

Underrated defensive line prospect Pat Ricard put on a show for scouts at the Maine pro day.

He measured 6033 and 300 pounds, completed 33 reps on the bench and touched 33.5 inches in the vertical jump. He timed 5.00 in the 40 (including an amazing 10-yard split of 1.48s according to the APT report), 4.50s in the short shuttle and 7.50s in the three-cone. 

Ricard, who can line up as a tradition defensive tackle or a two-gap lineman, looked good in drills. The Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins have scheduled private workouts with Ricard.

Visits/Workouts

Eastern Washington does not hold its pro day until March 28, but linebackers coaches from the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Bucs were on campus working out Samson Ebukam today.

Ebukam is a terrific athlete who should put up good testing numbers next week. He’s also a very good pass rusher who offers potential on the outside of a 3-4.