Marshon Lattimore, who could be the first player picked from Ohio State in the upcoming NFL draft, didn’t get to complete his drills at the combine four weeks ago, but the cornerback put on a show for nine NFL head coaches and others during OSU pro day Thursday.
At the combine in Indianapolis Lattimore had popped impressive times of 4.36 seconds and 4.37 before straining a hip flexor, which caused him to opt out of other drills. Some reports said he had pulled a hamstring, an issue he had coming out of high school.
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Thursday he looked healthy in twisting, turning and accelerating through drills in front of the head coaches, seven general managers and 122 other assistant coaches and scouts who represented all 32 NFL teams.
Along the way, he said, he learned something about the process.
“There’s going to be people who try to bring you down; they didn’t even know what was going on,” Lattimore said of the false hamstring news. “I didn’t grab my hamstring or anything like that. They just thought it was my hamstring.
“It is what it is, but I’m good. … That’s another reason I tried to come out here and show them I’m not injured.”
He and fellow cornerback Gareon Conley, running back Curtis Samuael, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and center Pat Elflein did not run the 40 Thursday, since they each posted quality times at the combine. But all took part in skill drills as directed by an NFL assistant coach for their particular positions.
Receiver Noah Brown went to the combine but did not run a 40 there. The Dispatch learned that the consensus time Thursday on his two runs were 4.57 seconds and 4.61.
The Buckeyes who weren’t invited to the combine and ran the 40 at OSU were receivers Corey Smith (4.59 and 4.65) and Dontre Wilson (4.55 and 4.59), linebacker Craig Fada (4.89 and 4.93) and safety Jarrod Barnes (4.71 and 4.78).
Samuel ran a 4.31 at the combine and did all the drills, but he said he took part in all the drills again to show his progress as a receiver with the flexibility of being able to line up in the backfield.
“I felt like today was a great day; I enjoyed it,” Samuel said. “I was a little nervous coming into it but it was football. I love to play. So I went out there and did what I had to do, and impress the scouts and whoever was out here.”