Ohio State Football: 3 Players with the Most to Prove at Pro Day

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 05:  Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks away from Traveon Henry #10 of the Northwestern Wilcats to score a second half touchdown at Ryan Field on October 5, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 40-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With the combine complete and the draft looming, NFL hopefuls are running out of opportunities to show what they can offer at the next level.

For former Buckeyes looking to pursue a professional career, one of those opportunities takes place on March 7 when Ohio State hosts its pro day.

Some, such as Ryan Shazier and Jack Mewhort, solidified their standing as elite prospects at the combine. Others still have work to do—especially those who didn't receive an invite to Indianapolis.

Whether they need to redeem a poor combine performance, build off a solid one or make up for not being invited, these three former Buckeyes have the most to prove. 


Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde had high hopes for his week in Indianapolis. The 5'11", 230-pound wrecking ball of a running back wanted to showcase his speed to earn first-round status.

“I feel like if I run a low 4.4, I can definitely get into the first round,” Hyde said, according to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch.

That didn't happen, though. Hyde suffered a minor hamstring injury on his first attempt, which produced a disappointing 4.66 time. That foreshadowed a surprisingly poor performance in Indianapolis. 

Of course, Hyde is still expected to be one of the first running backs taken, but he could use a strong outing here to regain some positive momentum.


Bradley Roby

Unlike Hyde, Bradley Roby had a stellar week at the combine.

The 5'11", 194-pound cornerback could have entered last year's draft after a breakout redshirt sophomore campaign. He elected to return for his junior season, only to see a dramatic dip in production.

That didn't stop him from entering this year's draft, and he proved in Indianapolis that he has all the physical tools to be an excellent pro.

Bradley Roby turned in a solid performance at the NFL Combine.
Bradley Roby turned in a solid performance at the NFL Combine.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Replicating his performance at Ohio State's pro day will only hammer home the notion that Roby can play at a high level in the NFL. If he does that, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him selected in the first round.


Marcus Hall

Offensive linemen don't typically garner many headlines, but that wasn't the case for Marcus Hall at the end of his senior season.

Marcus Hall wants to prove he can play at the next level.
Marcus Hall wants to prove he can play at the next level.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Hall was ejected from the Michigan game after a fight broke out early in the second quarter, and he famously gave the pro-Wolverines crowd a parting gift as he left the field.

Hall missed the Big Ten title game as a result, and after the Buckeyes' offensive line struggled with Clemson's defensive front in the Orange Bowl, the 6'5", 315-pound offensive guard needs to get something positive going.

After failing to land an invite to the combine, this will be Hall's best chance to impress NFL scouts.

Of course, there are predraft workout sessions, but with Hall not projected to be a draft pick, his chances of getting in the league could hinge on his performance next Friday. If all goes well, he could get picked up as an undrafted free agent.


All draft projections via Matt Miller of Bleacher Report

David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. 
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