Ohio State Football: What We Learned from Buckeyes’ 2014 Pro Day

Seventeen former Buckeyes worked out at Ohio State’s annual pro day on Friday—16 from the 2013 team and one, linebacker Etienne Sabino, who left the program in 2012.

The main attractions were a quartet of players with the potential, in varying magnitudes, to be selected in the first round: linebacker Ryan Shazier, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort.

None of those players worked out in full on Friday. For some, it was a matter of injury—for others, a matter of choice. Either way, it put a damper on what would have otherwise been a more important day of drills.

Still, from the little bit we did see out of Ohio State’s best prospects, some important lessons were learned. The same goes for a few of the lesser known commodities, the ones less likely to be selected in the first few rounds, or at all, in the NFL draft.

Here are some takeaways:

Ryan Shazier is Ridiculous

Shazier tweaked a hamstring before the NFL Scouting Combine and was not able to run the 40-yard dash. On Friday, he re-tweaked the hamstring in the process of running the 40-yard dash.

The time he posted was ridiculous nonetheless.

Unofficially, Shazier clocked in with a time of 4.36 seconds, per Mike Huguenin of NFL.com. Results such as these tend to get worse once deemed official, but as it stands it would have been (by far) the fastest among linebackers and fourth best among all players at the combine.

When he was…

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