The media frenzy. The 40-yard dashes. The glorified job interview.
Six former Ohio State Buckeyes made their way to Indianapolis last week with the hopes of improving their draft stock at the NFL combine.
First-round hopefuls Ryan Shazier, Carlos Hyde and Bradley Roby headlined the group, representing a solid core of NFL-bound Buckeyes.
Was Ohio State well-represented at the combine? Read on for grades, results and analysis for each former Buckeye at the combine.
Hobbled by a minor hamstring injury, Ryan Shazier wasn't able to show off his greatest asset—speed—when he opted out of the 40-yard dash.
That didn't stop him from putting together one of the most impressive performances among an elite group of linebackers.
Bench Press: 25 reps
Broad jump: 130.0 inches
Vertical jump: 42.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.91 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds
Shazier posted the best broad and vertical jumps among linebackers and the fifth-best time for the three-cone drill. His 25 reps on the bench also came as a pleasant surprise. As a lean linebacker known for his speed, he showcased incredible strength, ranking eighth best among linebackers.
Shazier entered the week projected as a late first rounder, but after his impressive showing, he all but secured himself an opening-night pick.
Carlos Hyde wanted to secure first-round status by running the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range, but a hamstring injury during his first attempt derailed those hopes.
That foreshadowed a disappointing outing for one of this year's top running backs.
40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds
Bench press: 19 reps
Broad jump: 114.0 inches
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
Hyde failed to crack the top 10 among running backs in every drill he participated in. His 19 reps on the bench—13 shy of the position high set by Jerick McKinnon—didn't reflect the strength he ran with at Ohio State.
Of course, Hyde has an impressive career with the Buckeyes to lean on, so his disappointing combine performance won't dramatically drop his draft status.
It just didn't help it.
Bradley Roby entered his redshirt junior season as one of the top cornerbacks in the country, but after a disappointing year, he needed to post good numbers in Indianapolis.
That's exactly what he did.
40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds
Bench Press: 17 reps
Broad jump: 124.0 inches
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.04 seconds
It was known that Roby was the fastest Buckeye, but the 5'11", 194-pound standout proved that he can keep pace with just about anyone on the football field. His 40-yard dash was just .02 seconds away from being the best among cornerbacks.
His 17 reps on the bench press, which tied for seventh best among corners, was also extremely impressive. Roby proved that he has all the physical tools to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL.
After starting his career as an interior lineman, Jack Mewhort spent the last two years protecting Braxton Miller's blindside at left tackle.
The 6'6", 309-pound stalwart showed his versatility at the combine.
40-yard dash: 5.37 seconds
Bench press: 28 reps
Broad jump: 101.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.79 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.64 seconds
Mewhort failed to crack the top 10 among offensive linemen in each drill he participated in, but his collective numbers reflect the consistency he produced for Urban Meyer over the last two years.
Mewhort is an excellent run blocker who gets to the second left with ease, so he could make an immediate impact at right tackle in the NFL.
Corey Brown led Ohio State in both receptions and receiving yards over the last two seasons and was easily the most consistent pass-catcher for the Buckeyes.
A lack of top-end speed and strength, though, were big concerns heading into the combine.
40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
Broad jump: 116.0 inches
Vertical jump: 33.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.16 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.22 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.94 seconds
Unfortunately for Brown, he wasn't able to squash any of the big concerns about his skill set.
He showcased decent speed with the 40-yard dash and shuttle drills, but not enough to overcome his other shortcomings. His perceived lack of strength wasn't quelled when he opted out of the bench press drill either.
Brown will need to put together a big pro day in order to hear his name called in the draft this May.
Corey Linsley anchored Ohio State's vaunted rushing attack from the center position over the last two years, using his strength and toughness to open lanes up the middle.
That strength was on full display in Indianapolis.
Bench Press: 36 reps
Vertical jump: 27.0 inches
Linsley's 36 reps on the bench press tied three other players for second best among offensive linemen, which is no surprise. According to his NFL.com profile, Linsley can bench more than 500 pounds.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes relied on that strength to trigger the power run game and if he finds the right situation, Linsley could provide some depth as an interior lineman at the next level.
His combine performance likely didn't bump him into the draft, but he could be an attractive undrafted free agent this summer.