Ohio State 2012 NFL Combine Results
By Brandon Castel
It has been a long, tumultuous year for Ohio State’s outgoing senior class.
Much of that was their own undoing, but everyone is ready for a fresh start, and that includes Michael Brewster, Mike Adams, DeVier Posey and Daniel “Boom” Herron.
Of the members of Ohio State’s senior class this past season, only Brewster was able to steer clear of the controversy surrounding the Buckeyes and the departure of beloved head coach Jim Tressel.
All four of them will make the journey to the NFL together, and while it started with the Senior Bowl last month in Mobile, Ala., it swung into full gear over the weekend with the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
More than 300 prospects swarmed into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over the weekend to show coaches, scouts and general managers what they are capable of. After having nine players invited to last year’s combine, Ohio State only had the foursome of Brewster, Adams, Posey and Herron competing in this year’s combine.
All four of them will get another chance to show NFL scouts what they can do when Ohio State has its pro day on March 9, which is also when fellow seniors J.B. Shugarts, Tyler Moeller, Andrew Sweat, Nate Ebner and others will get a chance to show off their skills.
Posey Starts Things Off Fast
It was an important weekend for all four Buckeyes, especially the three members of the “Tattoo Five” who missed a large chunk of their senior season at Ohio State. Posey was the one who missed 10 games because of suspension, so he really needed to show up well in Indianapolis, and he got off to the right start.
After checking in at a legitimate 6-2, 211 pounds, Posey ran an unofficial 40 times of 4.37 that turned out to be an official time of 4.5. That was barely good enough to be among the top 15 wide receivers at the combine, but it was a huge number for Posey.
The Cincinnati native has good size, strength and route running ability. He has to work on his hands, but the biggest question mark for him at the next level was going to be his speed. A 4.5 flat doesn’t make him one of the fastest players in the draft, but it does tell NFL front offices that he is plenty fast enough to get open at the next level.
Adams Disappoints on Bench
One of the fastest rising and most talked about prospects in the entire draft heading into the NFL Combine was Mike Adams. Ohio State’s left tackle checked in at 6-7, 323 pounds and he looks every bit the part of a starting tackle in the NFL.
There were some draft experts projecting he could climb as high as the middle of the first round, especially after an impressive week at the Senior Bowl, but Adams took a step back at the combine.
It started with his 5.4 official in the 40-yard dash, but where Adams really fell flat was on the bench press. Naturally long-armed, Adams was only able to do 19 reps on the bench, which was fewer than many tight ends and running backs. It was also 10 fewer than classmate and fellow OSU lineman Michael Brewster.
Herron is Who We Thought He Was
Boom Herron’s official 4.66 in the 40-yard dash left something to be desired over the weekend, but Herron proved himself to one of the quicker and shiftier backs at the combine.
Only Florida’s Chris Rainey posted a better time than Herron in the 20-yard shuttle, which is designed to test lateral speed and coordination. Herron also finished among the top backs at the combine in the 3-cone drill, which is used to evaluate agility, quickness and fluidity of movement.
Herron was always a quicker back than he was speedy. He never had the true breakaway speed during his time at Ohio State, but he did show great agility and especially fluidity of movement, which should make him attractive to some team in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft.
Here is a complete look at how the four Buckeyes faired at this year’s combine. We've also included the results for the top performer at the same position at the combine for comparison.
MIKE ADAMS – OT
Height – 6’7”
Weight – 323lbs
Arms – 34”
Hands – 10 7/8”
Official 40 time – 5.4 seconds (Donald Stephenson, 4.94)
Bench reps at 225lbs – 19 (David Molk, 41)
Vertical – 28.5” (No. 15 OL) (Donald Stephenson, 35.5)
Broad jump – 8’4” (Donald Stephenson, 9’6”)
3 cone drill – 7.94 seconds 3
20 yard shuttle – 4.95 seconds
MICHAEL BREWSTER – OL
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 312lbs
Arms – 31 ½”
Hands – 9 1/2”
Official 40 time – 5.35 seconds (Donald Stephenson, 4.94)
Bench reps at 225lbs – 29 (No. 13 OL) (David Molk, 41)
Vertical – 25” (Donald Stephenson, 35.5)
Broad jump – 8’0” (Donald Stephenson, 9’6”)
3 cone drill – 7.73 seconds (No. 15 OL) (David Decastro, 7.30)
20 yard shuttle – 4.6 seconds (No. 6 OL) (Rishaw Johnson, 4.53)
BOOM HERRON – RB
Height – 5’10”
Weight – 213lbs
Arms – 32”
Hands – 9”
Official 40 time – 4.66 seconds (No. 16 RB) (Lamar Miller, 4.40)
Bench reps – 22 (No. 7 RB) (Doug Martin, 28)
Vertical – 35” (No. 12 RB) (David Wilson, 41')
Broad jump – 9’9” (No. 12 RB) (David Wilson, 11’0”)
3 cone drill – 6.97 seconds (No. 6 RB) (Chris Rainey, 6.50)
20 yard shuttle – 4.04 seconds (No. 2 RB) (Chris Rainey, 3.93)
60 yard shuttle – 11.6 seconds (No. 5 RB) (Chris Rainey, 11.06)
DEVIER POSEY – WR
Height – 6’2”
Weight – 211lbs
Arms – 31 5/8”
Hands – 9 5/8”
Official 40 time – 4.5 seconds (No. 15 WR) (Travis Benjamin, 4.36)
Bench reps – 14 (Jerrell Jackson, 22)
Vertical – 36.5” (No. 15 WR) (Kashif Moore, 43.5)
Broad jump – 10’3” (No. 10 WR) (Stephen Hill, 11’1”)
3 cone drill – 7.03 seconds (Junior Hemingway, 6.59)
20 yard shuttle – 4.15 seconds (No. 12 WR) (Junior Hemingway, 3.98)
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