Ohio State will have eight participants in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, offensive tackles Paris Johnson Jr. and Dawand Jones, center Luke Wypler, defensive end Zach Harrison, cornerback Cam Brown and safety Ronnie Hickman are among the 319 prospects who have been invited to the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine.
Ohio State is one of eight schools to have eight or more players invited to this year’s combine. Alabama leads the way with 13 invitees, followed by Georgia with 12. Florida, LSU, Michigan and TCU each have nine while Clemson also has eight.
This year’s NFL Scouting Combine will begin on February 27 and conclude March 6. Harrison will be the first Buckeye to go through on-field workouts along with the other defensive linemen and linebackers on March 2. Brown, Hickman and the defensive backs will go through their on-field workouts March 3. Stroud, Smith-Njigba and the rest of the quarterbacks and pass-catchers will go through on-field workouts March 4, while Johnson, Jones and Wypler will participate in the final day of on-field workouts with the offensive linemen and running backs on March 5.
Combine invites are typically a good indicator of which players are most likely to be selected in the NFL draft, though it’s not a be-all, end-all for the players who weren’t invited, as they’ll still have the opportunity to participate in Ohio State’s pro day on March 22. Ohio State’s NFL draft hopefuls who weren’t invited to the combine include defensive tackles Taron Vincent and Jerron Cage, safety Tanner McCalister, fullback/tight end Mitch Rossi, kicker Noah Ruggles and long snapper Bradley Robinson.