If the Cincinnati Bengals like linebacker Ryan Shazier, then they had the opportunity to see him first-hand during Ohio State's Pro Day. All teams attended the Buckeyes display of exceptional talent in Columbus, including the Bengals, who usually attend all in-state and area Pro Days.
Shazier, who was one of a handful of players that the Bengals spoke to during the NFL combine, ran a 4.36 on Friday -- and he did that with a bum hamstring.
"He's a true 4-3 outside linebacker," Mayock said, touting Shazier's "great speed" and "heavy production." Shazier finished third nationally in 2013 with 144 tackles, and he was tied for second with 23.5 tackles for loss. He also had seven sacks and four forced fumbles. In his final two seasons at Ohio State, he had 269 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Running back Carlos Hyde is another prospect with great interest. However, after tweaking his hamstring during the NFL combine last month, Hyde sat out during the 40-yard sprint. He did other drills.
Ohio State’s Pro Day today was attended by coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams. pic.twitter.com/4yhauw3YJl— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) March 7, 2014
Cornerback Bradley Roby wasn't as solid as he was during the NFL Combine. Offensive lineman Jack Mewhort snapped the ball during several drills, showing his versatility -- which likely made Paul Alexander stand at attention.
The Bengals will likely invite all of the Ohio State prospects to the Bengals local workout in early-to-mid April, where players that attended area schools, workout in front of the team's coaches.