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49ers, Steelers among teams taking a close look at Ohio State prospects

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after being ejected for targeting during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

All 32 teams were represented at Ohio State’s annual pro day Friday.

Ohio State’s was the marquee pro day this year — the all-time record of six first-round picks in a year from one school could be broken by Ohio State players next month — and the attendance reflected that. More than 130 NFL personnel, from head coaches and general managers to area scouts, attended.

While many of the players who worked out did brief media interviews after the workout, defensive end Joey Bosa did not because he had a pre-scheduled meeting with the 49ers, who hold pick No. 7 in the first round. Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett went through extra work after the passing workout with Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel and representatives from the Jets, Lions and Vikings watching closely.

Watching, timing and even getting a little face time with certain prospects is all part of the job for NFL coaches and scouts. Maybe something can be read into which teams wanted to meet with certain players, and maybe not.

Among those spotted in the crowd (and this only a partial list): Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator Keith Butler and offensive coordinator Todd Haley; Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis; Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer; Titans head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie; Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and VP of player personnel Andrew Berry and Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan.

The Chargers, Saints, Lions, Eagles, Bengals, Steelers and Vikings were among the teams that had multiple assistant coaches watching Ohio State’s prospects.

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15 Responses to “49ers, Steelers among teams taking a close look at Ohio State prospects”
  1. sindiegosage says: Mar 11, 2016 3:18 PM

    If it came down to one or the other, I certainly hope the Chargers would take Buckner over Bosa. He’s a beast at 6’7″ 291 versus the 6’5″ 265 Bosa. And he would fit nicely in the 3-4 along Mebane and Liuget.

  2. orangeandbluethroughandthrough says: Mar 11, 2016 3:20 PM

    What team isn’t interested in this pro-day?

  3. laxer37 says: Mar 11, 2016 3:35 PM

    They’ve got 6 – 8 players that could go in the first round. Pretty sure all 32 teams are studying up.

  4. corvaninerfan says: Mar 11, 2016 3:37 PM

    Ohio St is like Alabama…you don’t miss their pro days because they have so many players who’ll be on NFL rosters in 2016. Saban and Meyer are arguably the top 2 coaches in college football, and know how to prepare players not only to compete for national championships, but get them ready for the NFL.

  5. sdiegosteel says: Mar 11, 2016 3:45 PM

    Five out of the last six years, the Steelers have drafted at least one Buckeye. With that representation, I’d say it’s a good bet to be six out of seven.

  6. capricorn2055 says: Mar 11, 2016 3:50 PM

    god for them

  7. clipper522 says: Mar 11, 2016 4:04 PM

    No chance Bosa drops past the Ravens.

  8. irishgary says: Mar 11, 2016 4:16 PM

    Who is the last Ohio state player who did anything of significance in the NFL?

  9. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Mar 11, 2016 7:31 PM

    If there are any decent OSU players left, I’m sure the Ravens will swoop down and take them before the Steelers’ number is called, just like they did with Maxx Williams. LOL.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 11, 2016 8:27 PM

    You mean Maxx Williams, Watson’s backup.

  11. snookman323 says: Mar 11, 2016 9:40 PM

    Tebowed, you really need to get a life. Commenting on this site is all you have…sad…very sad.

  12. olgib says: Mar 12, 2016 12:59 AM

    Tabooed? Maxx Williams? You traded UP to get him and his 268 yards of offense in 2015. I hope you’re LOL’ing at yourself.

  13. stillers213 says: Mar 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    Tebowed, you really need to get a life. Commenting on this site is all you have…sad…very sad.
    ____________________
    His obsession with the Steelers stems from an arsewhoopin he received as a child from a little girl wearing a Steelers jersey.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 12, 2016 11:40 AM

    Don’t judge tebowed. It’s gotta be tough finishing 3rd place 3 years in a row. A lot of angst.

  15. mcmenace1 says: Mar 12, 2016 1:12 PM

    Yeah and the dumpster divers beating the playoff bound steelers kept them from possibly #1 overall draft pick. Lots to celebrate about.

    This bird is on every steelers thread in multiple apps. His obsession with us starts with harbaugh and infests the whole organization and it’s so called fans who would rather follow steeler news than their own.

    Let’s not forget where they came from lol.

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