Ohio State Buckeyes chase NFL dreams at Pro Day

Raekwon McMillan works out at Ohio State’s Pro Day on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Raekwon McMillan works out at Ohio State’s Pro Day on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis among coaches in attendance

The stars came out Thursday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — and that’s not even counting the 12 Ohio State Buckeyes who performed in front of scouts on the school’s annual Pro Day.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, wearing a button-down shirt and grey vest and looking much sharper than he does in hoodies on Sundays in the fall, stood next to New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis watched from further down the sideline.

Payton brought the son of the late Will Smith, the Buckeye and Saints defensive end, to the workout. Behind all those coaches stood Ohio State great Braxton Miller, the Wayne High School graduate entering his second season with the Houston Texans. Those were just a few of the familiar names watching. Cardale Jones, Darron Lee, Michael Thomas, Jeff Heuerman and others returned to their old practice facility to watch the next group of Buckeyes chase their NFL dreams.

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Players used to playing at Ohio Stadium didn’t mind the attention.

“We’ve played in front of almost 110,000 people almost every game the past five years,” said linebacker Craig Fada, a fifth-year senior last fall, “so you kind of just brush it off and keep on going.”

In addition to Fada, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, safety Jarrod Barnes, offensive lineman Pat Elflein, wide receivers Noah Brown and Corey Smith, hybrid backs Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson, kicker Tyler Durbin and punter Cameron Johnston performed.

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WATCH: Former Buckeye Malik Hooker talks at Ohio State Pro Day

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Safety Malik Hooker didn’t work out. He had surgeries Jan. 31 to repair a torn labrum in his hip and hernia. He said he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and started running this week.

“From here on out, it’s more about getting my legs under me,” Hooker said.

Hooker, Lattimore, Conley and McMillan all could be first-round picks. Elflein is another player expected to be drafted in the early rounds. He was one of eight players who worked out Thursday who also performed at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month.

“Today was another chance to show what I’ve got,” Elflein said, “to show what I’m made of, get in front of some coaches, do some drills and show off who Pat Elflein is and what I’m about. It was awesome. It was really fun to get back with your teammates and your guys and compete with them again. We were all in the locker room getting ready, getting hyped up.”

The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers have worked out Elflein, he said, though he’s heard from many teams.

“Just getting drafted would be awesome, a dream come true,” Elflein said. “You hear so many different things. You really can’t trust it. The draft process is crazy.”

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WATCH: Ohio State's Pat Elflein talks about performing at Pro Day

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