Everyone is Faster in Ohio

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IMarch 14, 2009

The annual Ohio State Pro Day took place yesterday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility and it was business as usual. Those that want to participate do (Judge permitting).

Those that felt they performed well enough at the NFL Combine that another exposure to the systematic, minimally-invasive prodding of NFL henchman stay on the sidelines. And for those that were not invited to the Combine, this is their big chance.

Each year there is also a group of players that are out for redemption, too. Beanie Wells was leading that pack this year after having a less-than inspiring Combine. He performed well yesterday and he was not the only one. Marcus Freeman, Laurinaitis, and Jenkins all turned in improved measurables.

The predictably odd thing is, we see this every year at the Pro Day. Every player is faster, more powerful, and smarter at home.

It's as if the Combine is a giant road for each player. Justin Zwick blazed down the runway in 2007 and Vernon Gholston improved upon his already impressive efforts from the Combine during his 2008 Pro Day (Ed. note: Gholston's 40-yard time was basically as fast as Ohio State's two departing receivers this year. Think about that for a second).

So what are the reasons for consistently improved performances? You hear players and coaches alike tout the more familiar surroundings but that seems unlikely to make every player perform better. Is the WHAC on a slight grade? Is the official watch of Ohio State a tenth of a second slow? How does it always turn out this way?


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