Shazier Shines in Limited Time at Pro Day; Other Buckeyes Satisfied With Performances

By Kyle Rowland on March 7, 2014 at 1:46p

Ohio State held its annual NFL Pro Day on Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with 17 former Buckeyes taking part in the festivities. The group left the facility they’ve called home for so many years happy, but also filled with information on what to sharpen.

All 32 NFL franchises had personnel present, as did the CFL’s B.C. Lions. Urban Meyer, Chip Kelly and Tom Herman were chatting for a lengthy time.

Among the big winners was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who ran a sub 4.4 40. However, Shazier came up lame after the dash with a slight hamstring injury.

“It feels like a blown tire,” he said.

That limited Shazier’s activities in later drills. Still, he was thrilled to put such a solid time out for front office personnel.

Shazier said he feels he’s solidified his status as a first-round draft pick. He weighed in at 237 pounds and thinks he could even add another 10. For Shazier, the concerns are minimal. From the Combine to Pro Day, he’s proud of the work he’s put in.


  • Marcus Hall said he definitely made a mistake at Michigan, but said he’s trying to turn a negative into his positive. He and his agent are actually trying to trademark photos and collect royalties because the image is his likeness.
  • So far, he said he’s turned down a lot of offers relating to it.
  • Hall said he turned down a lot of deals related to Michigan incident. He said he got caught up in the moment. When he talks to NFL personnel, he said he doesn’t give some sob story; he owns up to the mistake.
  • Hall currently weighs 313 with 21 percent body fat. At his peak, he said he was 330 with 25 percent body fat.
  • Philly Brown said he ran a 4.4 40, which was faster than his Combine time. He was satisfied with the time and his route running. Coming off his Combine performance, Brown thought Pro Day acted as an exclamation point.
  • Selling himself to the league, Brown said his leadership is a major plus. He’s embraced the moment and is now living out something he’s dreamed of since he was nine. “It’s a dream come true,” Brown said.
  • In a meeting with the Miami Dolphins last night, Brown was asked who he’d bring with him. His answer was Kenny Guiton. Brown raved about his former teammate and said he would make an NFL roster. “All he needs is a chance,” Brown said.
  • Guiton was decent, but not spectacular. He said he was excited to showcase his throwing since he’s lacking game film. Guiton said he felt like he had something to prove and performed well.
  • He said there’s added pressure, but then again, not so much. Guiton said guys like Johnny Manziel have to be perfect.
  • Everyone could always have some throws back, and Guiton was no different. He referenced Matt Cassel when talking about a potential career.
  • Guiton indicated he has a workout scheduled with the Patriots. He’s trained in Florida and will do so in the future.
  • On Brown’s comments, Guiton said he was honored to hear what his receiver said.
  • Christian Bryant said he’s putting his senior season behind him and not dwelling on it. At some point, he’ll learn that it happened for a reason.
  • Bryant did not take part in any drills. He’s not yet 100 percent, but said he is pain free. The biggest thing right now is he needs to add strength to his ankle.
  • His current activities include rehabbing and working out. Bryant said he’s trying to start/stay in a groove.
  • Once his football career ends, Bryant said he wants to work at Ohio State in some capacity.
  • Former Ohio State running back Jamaal Berry, who transferred to Murray State, was slated to participate, but couldn’t due to NFL rules. He was very disappointed and said he’s going to try to participate in South Florida or at a regional combine.
  • His transfer was a huge growing up process, Berry said. He’s grateful that it happened.
  • Berry said he’s versatile and think he can provide something to an NFL team.
  • When he graduated in December, Berry said he spoke to Jim Tressel and thanked him for everything he did for him, giving him an opportunity at Ohio State.
  • Pitt Brown was happy with his performance in position drills, but said he’s not a great tester. He said his goal was to show his ability and compete.
  • Any opportunity that arises is what he wants. Brown wants to get into a camp and prove himself.
  • Brown ran a 4.5-4.6 40. He’s up to 208 now, with noticeable added muscle.
  • Brown was a criminal justice major. I asked him what’s more scary – chasing a robber or staring down a good wide receiver. He said the latter.
  • Andrew Norwell was disappointed he wasn’t invited to the Combine. But he’s stayed determined and felt like he performed well on Friday.
  • The process has been enjoying, Norwell said. He’s proving his flexibility and said it should help in the NFL. Game film also speaks for itself. Norwell said work ethic is a big plus when being interviewed.
  • Norwell said the Big Ten and Ohio State prepared him for what he’s experiencing now and in the future.
  • Jack Mewhort said he had a good day and felt more comfortable in Columbus as opposed to Indianapolis.
  • Like other linemen, Mewhort believes his versatility and ability to play different positions will be a major plus. He was even playing center Friday, a position he hasn’t played in a game since high school. If need be, Mewhort said he can play at center in the NFL.
  • Mewhort said being able to run drills with the three other senior offensive linemen one last time was special.

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Wilkins78's picture

Where can I get my B.C. Loins gear?

+6 HS
droessl's picture

the official loincloth of the BC Loins! 

+6 HS
BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Maybe that's who I'll have to cheer for the way the Brownies are going....

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

Tanner's picture

It's almost uncanny how similar I look to Shazier when I pop my shirt off

+24 HS
bodast67's picture

"Come on Man"!!!!




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

Knarcisi's picture

+1 alone for your name and profile pic. 

costinjr's picture

Couldn't be happier for Shazier, but -- and I hope this doesn't come off as cynicism -- I wish these guys would show up in "combine shape" at the beggining of the season.

d5k's picture

In other words you don't want them to come to play school?

+6 HS
mobboss1984's picture

Me too!

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Where's RDS's gut?  How'd he lose it that quik?

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

+5 HS
BuckeyeinToledo's picture

So basically, Shazier ran a faster 40 than any LB/safety at this years combine? And he looks like Mr. Olympus. 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

+6 HS
droessl's picture

I believe the term "built like a brick shithouse" is applicable here

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Buckeye5000's picture

OW he's a Brick.....Hooouse. He's mighty, mighty, letting it all hang out......OW he's a Brick......Hooouse.....



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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

He is what we would call "A physical specimen" 

D-Day0043's picture

Ryan "damn I'm going to miss that guy" Shazier....

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

+6 HS
tussey's picture

Urban, Chip, and Tom were talking for a while...  I wonder if Urban said thanks to Chip for leaving or the NFL and opening the door for Dontre Wilson.

+2 HS
One Bad Buckeye's picture

Man! Look at his gut!!!! 

I told you guys it was a weight vest.  

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nburns18's picture

Shazier can fly!! 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

PittBuckeye's picture

Not with a flat tire though.

nburns18's picture

The hammy thing is no big deal. Of course, neither is running a 40 that fast. Many players have run slower and gone on to be legends. I just hope he does well. He has the potential. I hate the Steelers but they seem to produce linebackers pretty well so Ill be happy if he goes there

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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kyletp2's picture

So if Pitt Brown isn't a good tester....what does that leave him with?? Season game tape won't help. 

You are lame if you tweet!

+4 HS
JLP36's picture

I guess this pic confirms that he did throw on a belly to get to 237


+1 HS
osuguy2008's picture

Anybody know how Jordan Hall did?

+1 HS
Go1Bucks's picture

Did we get any stats from the Pro day yet on all the players?

Go Bucks!

rayjack01's picture

Way to go Ryan.  Show your talent. I will always be rooting for you.

hit_the_couch's picture

That's nice that Shazier is a shredded 237 with speed like that; i'd take that all day over the number of guys playing at 250 with a slight spare tire.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Pitt Brown was happy with his performance in position drills, but said he’s not a great tester. He said his goal was to show his ability and compete.

 Well that's not good... cuz he wasn't a good on-the-field performer either.  [yikes]