INDIANAPOLIS — When Larry Johnson preached his concept of a shared workload to his Ohio State defensive linemen, his players had to take a leap of faith.

A deep rotation would cut into each player’s chance of posting gaudy stats. Players want to be on the field as much as possible. Johnson told them they’d benefit more from staying fresh and healthier if they rotated snaps.

The proof that Johnson’s philosophy would pay off is evident at the NFL scouting combine. Three Buckeyes defensive ends — Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes and Tyquan Lewis — are participating. It’s highly unusual for a school to have three former players from the same position at the combine.

“If you look at where it got us, we’re all here, and we’re all in great position to play at the next level,” Hubbard said. “That’s kind of the picture we had in our heads and what coach Johnson told us would happen. We had faith in that. Although we don’t have crazy numbers, it all worked out in the end, and we’re here.”

Hubbard and Holmes addressed the media from adjacent podiums Saturday afternoon. Lewis was absent because he had flulike symptoms.

“Jalyn is right next to me,” Hubbard said. “It’s something we always talked about, always dreamed about. I’m really happy to share this with these guys I’ve spent the last four years with.”

Hubbard is generally regarded as the highest-rated prospect of the three linemen. Most projections have him as a second-round pick, although it would not be a surprise if he became a late first-rounder.

“I’m doing everything in my power to make sure I go the first night of the draft, showing teams why they want me on their team, how much value I can provide,” Hubbard said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll be ready to give whatever team does decide to pick me up everything I’ve got. I’m not too worried about when I go. It’s all about where I go.”

Hubbard, who graduated with honors with a finance degree, is considered close to a risk-free player. He has such versatility that some teams have discussed using him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

The only knock, and it’s a minor one, is that some teams question whether he has elite athleticism.

“That’s something I want to prove,” Hubbard said. “I want to do D-line drills and linebacker drills and show them how fluid I am and do everything I can to disprove that.”

He believes the way he was used last year by defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will give NFL teams a clue how he can be deployed.

“This last year, coach Schiano took over the defense, and he’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeves,” Hubbard said. “He wanted to do a lot of things to switch up the looks. He used me and my versatility to be able to stand up (like a linebacker), drop (into coverage), and rush from different spots. He wanted to give different looks and surprise offenses, and I was able to be the moving piece to do that.”

Hubbard, like Lewis, had seven sacks last season. That’s a solid number but not one that will wow NFL teams or draft analysts.

“Sam Hubbard is a hard worker,” NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in a recent conference call, “(but) he didn’t have nearly the year you expected him to. Some thought he might be a top-15 pick going into the year.”

Hubbard said he tries not to put much stock in what outside analysts say, as hard as that might be. He prides himself on his relentlessness and diligence, and he trusts that NFL teams will see the full picture.

“The only thing that matters is what the NFL personnel see,” Hubbard said. “Your resume is what you put on tape, and I feel I’ve got really good tape. The best thing I can do right now is prepare to showcase myself as best I possibly can to reaffirm what I’ve put on tape.”