Ohio State combine invites just miss ’04 mark


Ohio State had 14 players invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, the most of any college program and the most by any program since 15 Ohio State players were invited in 2004.

Having just missed that mark, Ohio State could still make some draft-related history. Miami (Florida) had a record six players drafted in the first round in 2004, and Ohio State could have that many or more drafted in this year’s first round.

The full list of players invited to Indianapolis at the end of the month can be accessed here.

Notre Dame was behind Ohio State with 10 players invited to the combine. UCLA and Alabama each had nine players despite Alabama quarterback Jake Coker being one of the notable snubs. In what’s considered a strong draft year for defensive linemen, 59 of them received combine invites.

One of the draft’s most interesting defensive linemen, Noah Spence, started at Ohio State before being barred by the Big Ten and finishing his college career at Eastern Kentucky last fall. Two other players who received combine invitations have Ohio State ties: Duke safety Jeremy Cash transferred from Ohio State, and Bowling Green wide receiver Roger Lewis was verbally committed to Ohio State before legal trouble sent him on a different path.