Pro Days: Past Buckeyes, including Troy Smith, stand out in workout
Hauling in passes from former Heisman winner Troy Smith, tight end Jake Stoneburner was the most impressive athlete at the Ohio State Pro Day but he wasn't the only one...
Representatives from 28 NFL teams were on hand in Columbus, Ohio to watch draft-eligible former Buckeyes work out at their Pro Day. Among the top brass there were Pittsburgh Steelers' GM Kevin Colbert and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Minnesota Vikings GM
While the two players ranked highest on NFLDraftScout.com's board -- defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and offensive tackle Reid Fragel -- elected to sit on their results from the combine, tight end Jake Stoneburner used the opportunity to demonstrate considerably better athleticism than he'd shown in Indianapolis.
The 6-3 (3/8), 252-pound Stoneburner shaved a tenth of a second off of his 40-yard dash results from the combine, clocking in at an unofficial 4.52 seconds. He also caught the ball cleanly, showing body control and the burst to catch up to some deep throws from former Ohio State Heisman winner Troy Smith, who volunteered to throw at the workout.
Smith, 28, still looked like he could throw at the NFL level, at least according to Stoneburner.
“I think you guys saw that [Smith could play] today, the Ohio State tight end told the Columbus Dispatch. I mean, that guy’s incredible. I was running fast as I can 40 yards down the field, and I didn’t have to take one single less stride. He hit me right in stride. I absolutely believe he could be in the NFL, and I think he believes it, too. He probably made an impression, because he looked flawless out there.”
While Smith's accuracy and arm strength may have caught the attention of Stoneburner, Smith seemed more flattered than serious about attemping a comeback, according to media members in attendance.
Scouts would have liked to have seen Hankins participate in timed drills again. Some have reservations about the 6-3, 320 pounder's conditioning and, despite possessing very light feet which contributed to impressive times in the three-cone (7.59 seconds) and short shuttle drills (4.61), Hankins showed little in terms of explosiveness in the 40-yard dash (5.31) and vertical jump (26").
Fragel, on the other hand, enjoyed a strong combine performance and has been enjoying a steady rise up draft boards as teams like the potential he's shown in his one season at tackle after converting from tight end.
While Hankins and Fragel did not do any of the timed drills, they did participate in their respective positional workouts, where their athleticism reportedly stood out.
One former Buckeye unable to perform in Columbus Friday was pass rusher John Simon, who continues to rehab a shoulder injury. He will hold his own Pro Day workout March 25.
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