INDIANAPOLIS — Jerome Baker knows he didn’t have an unblemished junior season at Ohio State.

He knows he’s still a raw linebacker.

But he also believes he has talent that can’t be taught, and he’s intent on showing that in his 40-yard dash Sunday.

“The fastest linebacker record is 4.41 and I’m looking to break that,” he said Saturday, referring to West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin’s time in 2012. “One thing I have is speed, and I’m definitely ready to show it.”

Baker said he has broken the 4.4 threshold in training and said he’s “very confident” that he will do that again.

“But tomorrow is a big day, and it’s time to show it,” he said.

Baker is considered a likely second- or third-round draft pick. A blazing 40 time would obviously help.

He believes he already has answered one question NFL teams had about his size by weighing in at 229 pounds. He had 22 reps in the bench press, a respectable number.

The key for Baker’s NFL career is to translate his ability into consistent performance. He didn’t always do that at Ohio State, as he acknowledged.

“I played all right — not to my standard,” Baker said. “My standard is pretty high.”

He is taking it as a personal challenge when NFL teams point that out to him.

“They always say they can see the potential,” Baker said. “I’m pretty much a raw player. I have so much technique to learn and so many things to learn. My ceiling is high. You can’t teach speed and you can’t teach instincts, and you can see I definitely have those.”

Baker was not considered a sure thing to leave Ohio State early. He said he decided he was ready to do so after consulting with his family and OSU coaches. The combine can serve a player like Baker well.

“I’ve had this circled since I was 6 years old,” he said. “You grow up watching it, and it’s actually time for me to do it. Tomorrow, I’m going to put on a show.”

Baugh not bashful

Tight end Marcus Baugh is projected as a late-round draft pick, but the former Buckeye isn’t shy about saying he believes he’s far better than that.

“I think I’m a second-round talent, but the big board doesn’t say so,” he said.

When he was asked why a team should draft him, he replied, “Because I’m the best tight end in the draft. I can block. I can run routes. (I’m) the best blocking tight end coming out. I love football. I love to win, hate to lose. I’ll do whatever I can to help them win.”

Baugh ran a 4.82 in the 40 on Saturday. He said Friday he was hoping to run a 4.6.

Baugh was a bit of an enigma in college, but he did improve each season. His touchdown catch against Penn State capped Ohio State’s comeback victory.

“I thought I had a good career at Ohio State,” he said. “I’m still trying to reach my potential. I don’t think that’ll ever happen. I’m always going to find something I can get better at.”

Other combine results

J.T. Barrett ran a 4.7 in the 40, second-fastest among quarterbacks. He made some nice throws in passing drills but also showed on others why some question whether he has the arm strength to make tough NFL passes.

Linebacker Chris Worley had 15 reps in the bench press. He was disappointed with that, and said part of the reason was that he didn’t get as much time to warm up as he expected. Worley said that others in his grouping backed out of doing the bench press and he had to scramble to get ready.