2023 NFL Scouting Combine Central: Measurables, Workout Results and More from Ohio State’s Eight Draft Prospects in Indianapolis

By Dan Hope on March 6, 2023 at 2:00 pm
C.J. Stroud interviewing with CBS Sports

C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba were two of the biggest stars of the show at the NFL Scouting Combine, and several other Buckeyes made waves with their performance, too.

The Ohio State quarterback and wide receiver both excelled during their throwing and catching session at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, making their case for being the best QB and WR in the 2023 NFL draft class.

Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones and Luke Wypler followed them up with impressive performances in their on-field workouts during the final day of the combine on Sunday.

Defensive end Zach Harrison was supposed to be the first Buckeye to go through the workout process on Thursday afternoon, but he ended up being unable to do any on-field drills due to a minor hamstring injury. Defensive backs Cameron Brown and Ronnie Hickman did not participate in on-field workouts on Friday afternoon.

In schedule changes from previous years, all prospects were measured by NFL Combine staff on the morning of their workout day while they had the opportunity to participate in the bench press on the day after their workouts before leaving Indianapolis.

We’ve compiled all of the Buckeyes’ workout numbers and measurables in the table below.

Results for Buckeyes at 2022 NFL Scouting Combine
Player Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing 40-Yd Dash Vert Broad 3-Cone 20-Yd Shuttle Bench
C.J. STROUD (QB) 6’3” 214 10” 32 5/8” N/A DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA (WR) 6’0 5/8” 196 9” 30 1/2” 75 1/2” DNP 35” 10’5” 6.57 3.93 DNP
PARIS JOHNSON JR. (OT) 6’6 3/8” 313 9 1/2” 36 1/8” 85 1/8” DNP DNP 9’2” DNP DNP 29
DAWAND JONES (OT) 6’8 1/4” 374 11 5/8” 36 3/8” 87 7/8” 5.35 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
LUKE WYPLER (C) 6’3” 303 9 5/8” 31 5/8” N/A 5.14 30.5” 8’10” 7.64 4.53 29
ZACH HARRISON (DE) 6’5 1/2” 274 10” 36 1/4” 85 1/2” DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 25
RONNIE HICKMAN (S) 6’0 1/2” 203 9 3/8” 33” N/A DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Harrison was the first Buckeye to go through the weigh-in process on Thursday morning. As expected, the former Ohio State defensive end measured up impressively, checking in at 6-foot-5 and 274 pounds with 10" hands, 36 1/4" arms and an 85 1/2" wingspan. He also participated in the bench press on Friday, where he put up 25 reps of 225 pounds.

Hickman measured in at just over 6 feet and 203 pounds with 33-inch arms while Brown measured in at 6 feet and 199 pounds with 31-inch arms on Friday. Stroud measured in at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds with 10-inch hands while Smith-Njigba measured in at 6’0 5/8” and 196 pounds with 9-inch hands Saturday.

Johnson and Jones went through the weigh-in process Sunday morning and as expected, both of them measured in with massive numbers. Jones checked in at 6’8 1/4” and 374 pounds with gigantic 11 5/8” hands, 36 3/8” arms and an 87 7/8” wingspan while Johnson checked in at 6‘6 3/8” and 313 pounds with 36 1/8” arms and an 85 1/8” wingspan. Wypler also weighed in on Sunday, checking in at 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds.

Below, you can find the full schedule from the week of workouts, links to all of our stories from Indianapolis, videos of every Buckeye who participated in media interviews and more updates from the combine as it unfolded.


Thursday 3/1 3-8 p.m. Defensive linemen and linebackers
Participating Buckeyes: Zach Harrison
FRIDAY 3/2 3-8 p.m. Defensive backs
Participating Buckeyes: Cameron Brown and Ronnie Hickman
SATURDAY 3/3 1-8 p.m. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends
Participating Buckeyes: C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba
SUNDAY 3/4 1-7 p.m. Offensive linemen and running backs
Participating Buckeyes: Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones and Luke Wypler



(Note: Dawand Jones was unable to make his scheduled interview session due to his medical exams running long.)


Ohio State’s Top Combine PerformancesC.J. Stroud

There were no shortage of impressive performances and eye-popping measurables from Ohio State players at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. We wrap our combine coverage with a look at how C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Paris Johnson Jr., Dawand Jones, Luke Wypler and Zach Harrison stood out in Indianapolis.

Big Number on the Bench

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up with the bench press on Monday morning, and Paris Johnson Jr. followed up his outstanding performance in offensive line drills with an equally impressive performance in the bench press, putting up 29 reps of 225 pounds.

Johnson appeared to be jubilant with his performance in the video posted by Ohio State, and he has good reason to be. Longer arms are typically viewed as a disadvantage in the bench press, making his performance all the more impressive when considering he has the third-longest arms of all players (36 1/8”) at this year’s combine.

Luke Wypler also put up 29 reps on the bench press as he and Johnson tied for sixth among all offensive linemen in the drill.

Wypler Shows His Agility

Luke Wypler
Photo: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

After a strong positional workout in which Wypler appeared to be one of the most agile offensive linemen on the field, the former Ohio State center backed that up in the agility drills by running the third-fastest 20-yard shuttle time (4.53 seconds) and the eighth-fastest 3-cone drill time (7.64 seconds) among all offensive linemen at the combine.

Wypler also ran the 40-yard dash in 5.14 seconds, which was the 15th-fastest time among offensive linemen but the best among linemen listed as centers by NFL.com.

Paris Shows Why He’s A Top ProspectParis Johnson Jr.

Paris Johnson Jr. looked like a prototypical NFL offensive tackle on Sunday as he impressed in position drills and posted impressive weigh-in numbers.

The Combine’s Largest Man Dawand Jones

Dawand Jones is officially the NFL Scouting Combine’s largest man, leading all combine participants in height (6/8 1/4”), weight (374), hand width (11 5/8”), arm length (36 3/8”) and wingspan (87 7/8”).

Jones also became the first Buckeye to run the 40-yard dash at this year’s combine on Sunday afternoon, completing his first attempt in an official time of 5.35 seconds.

Most Agile Man in Indianapolis Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Jaxon Smith-Njigba showcased his elite agility by running the fastest 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.57 seconds) times among all players at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Stroud, Smith-Njigba Shine in Throwing Session C.J. Stroud

C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba made their case for being QB1 and WR1 in the 2023 NFL draft by excelling in their throwing session Saturday.

Stroud, Smith-Njigba Skip 40

The trend of Buckeyes skipping the 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine continued Saturday as neither C.J. Stroud nor Jaxon Smith-Nigba participated in the 40.

Unlike Ohio State’s defensive prospects, Stroud and Smith-Njigba are participating in other combine drills. Stroud will throw the ball on Saturday while Smith-Njigba will run routes and catch passes. Smith-Njigba is also participating in the jumps and agility drills.

Smith-Njigba posted marks of 35 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-5 in the broad jump. While both of those numbers were in the bottom half of receivers who participated in those drills at this year’s combine, they compared favorably to the numbers posted last year by Garrett Wilson (36” vertical, 10’3” broad) and Chris Olave (32” vertical, 10’4” broad).

Wypler Discusses Draft Decision  Luke Wypler

Luke Wypler felt he “couldn’t have really made a bad decision” but decided it “made more sense” to enter the 2023 NFL draft after three years at Ohio State.

Stroud Weighs In at 6’3”, 214

C.J. Stroud measured in at the NFL Scouting Combine before his workout on Saturday at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds with 10-inch hands – all numbers that are more than big enough for a top quarterback prospect.

By comparison, Stroud’s top competition to be the first quarterback drafted – Alabama’s Bryce Young – weighed in at 5’10 1/8” and 204 pounds. The two other projected first-round quarterbacks measured in larger than Stroud, as Florida’s Anthony Richardson weighed in at 6-foot-4 and 244 pounds and Will Levis measured in at 6-foot-4 and 229 pounds.

Smith-Njigba Weighs In at 6’0 5/8”, 196

Jaxon Smith-Njigba went through the weigh-in process at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday morning and measured in at 6’0 5/8” and 196 pounds with 9-inch hands, 30 1/2-inch arms and a 75 1/2-inch wingspan.

That makes Smith-Njigba both taller and bigger than Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson were at last year’s NFL Scouting Combine, when Olave measured in at 6’0 3/8” and 187 pounds and Wilson measured in at 5’11 3/4” and 183 pounds.

Johnson Will Do Position Drills, Bench Press

Paris Johnson Jr. will not run the 40-yard dash during the final day of NFL Scouting Combine workouts on Sunday, but plans to do position drills with the rest of the offensive linemen and participate in the bench press Monday morning.

No Workouts for Brown, Hickman

While Cameron Brown said Thursday he was aiming to run a 4.2-second 40-yard dash, he did not end up running the 40 on Friday, which means we’ll have to wait until Ohio State’s pro day to see whether he can actually run that fast.

Brown did not participate in cornerback drills either, while Ronnie Hickman did not work out with the safeties. It was not immediately clear why they didn’t work out, as Brown said Thursday that his “body feels amazing” while Hickman did not disclose any injury during his Thursday interview session.

“Very Frustrating” Final Season for JSN  Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Jaxon Smith-Njigba has added motivation to show what he can do this weekend at the combine after missing nearly all of last season with a hamstring injury.

Stroud Considered Staying  C.J. Stroud

C.J. Stroud said it was “really hard for me to leave a place like Ohio State” and that he seriously considered returning for his senior season.

Harrison Puts Up 25 Reps

Zach Harrison had an impressive showing in the bench press on Friday morning, putting up 25 reps of 225 pounds – a great number for a long-armed defensive end like Harrison, as prospects with shorter arms typically put up bigger numbers in the bench press.

JSN Won't Run 40 at Combine  Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Jaxon Smith-Njigba will not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine but will do every other drill at the event.

Hamstring Sidelines Harrison  Zach Harrison

Zach Harrison did not run the 40-yard dash or participate in any other on-field workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a minor hamstring injury.

Confident Cam  Cam Brown

Cam Brown’s confidence was on full display in his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he hopes to run a 4.2-second 40-yard dash.

Very Long Arms  Zach Harrison

Zach Harrison measured in with the longest arms (36 1/4 inches) of any defensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine since 2014.

Harrison “Very Confident” Entering Combine  Zach Harrison

Zach Harrison believes his best football is in front of him and that whichever team drafts him will be getting both a playmaker on the field and a leader off the field.

What Each Buckeye Has to Gain in Indianapolis  Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Before the combine started, we previewed the week ahead for all eight Buckeyes by looking at what each of them could do to bolster their draft stock in Indianapolis.

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