Ohio State Postpones Pro Day Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

By Dan Hope on March 13, 2020 at 2:48 pm
Scouts at Ohio State's 2018 pro day

Ohio State's pro day for NFL draft prospects typically attracts all scouts from all 32 NFL teams to Columbus, but now, it's postponed until further notice.

Ohio State announced Friday that it has postponed this year's pro day, which was scheduled for March 25, until further notice.

The decision to cancel pro day comes after a multitude of NFL teams announced Thursday that their coaches and scouts will not be traveling until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many other schools have also either canceled or postponed their pro days, including Michigan, Penn State and Rutgers.

Ohio State was set to have at least 16 participants at this year's pro day, including running back J.K. Dobbins, wide receivers K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor, tight end Rashod Berry, offensive linemen Jonah Jackson and Branden Bowen, defensive linemen Chase Young, DaVon Hamilton, Robert Landers and Jashon Cornell, linebacker Malik Harrison, defensive backs Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette and Jordan Fuller and long snapper Liam McCullough.

Young, Okudah, Dobbins, Hill, Mack, Victor, Jackson, Hamilton, Harrison, Arnette and Fuller have each already participated in the NFL Scouting Combine, though many of them had planned to participate in at least some drills again at pro day, and Dobbins was expected to do a full workout after injury forced him to sit out on-field workouts at the combine.

The pro day postponement is a bigger blow, though, to former Buckeyes like Berry, Bowen, Cornell, Landers and McCullough, who were banking on the opportunity to show their skills and meet with NFL scouts at pro day after they weren't invited to the combine. Now, should the pro day not take place, they will have to hope NFL teams recognize the skills they've already shown during their Ohio State careers and take a chance on them despite not having the opportunity to watch them go through a pre-draft workout.

The NFL also reportedly sent out a letter to its teams on Friday afternoon to alert them of a ban on in-person pre-draft workouts with prospects "until further notice." The draft is scheduled to take place on April 23-25.

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