BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Back at the Senior Bowl in January, I asked more than 20 NFL draft prospects why each of them thought they should be drafted by an NFL team.
I did the same at Friday’s Ohio State Pro Day, on which I wrote a full report yesterday. While I didn’t have a chance to ask the question to all 16 of OSU’s NFL hopefuls, the following are the answers I received to a simple-but-direct question: “Why should an NFL team draft you?”
Note: To be transparent, I didn’t ask that question verbatim to every prospect whose responses are below. A few of the responses came to the same effect after those players were asked by Buckeye Sports Bulletin’s Ben Axelrod what their “sales pitch” would be to an NFL team.
Additional quotes are also added below to provide more relevant information and context.
Wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown: “I think I can bring a more hard-working mentality to an organization, a winning mentality, a competitor, a person that likes to compete a lot and I think I’m a guy that can bring leadership to an NFL team even as a rookie, even coming in trying to step up and be one of those guys.”
Wide receiver Chris Fields: “I’m consistent, I give 100 percent, and I do what I need to do, and I’m just, I’m ready to work for any team.”
Linebacker Ryan Shazier: “I’m a great person, I’m a great player and I feel like whatever team I go to I can make it better.”
Shazier also said he feels like he can play either outside or inside linebacker after weighing in at 237 pounds at OSU’s Pro Day.
“Whatever a team want me to play I’m going to play.”
Quarterback Kenny Guiton: “I think an NFL team should draft me because I’m a great leader. I’m going to come in with some leadership, some positive mindset and I’m going to learn, I’m going to learn and one day when my number’s called, whether it’s sooner, whether it’s later, I want to be that next Matt Cassel or that next Tom Brady or that guy that can step in and never look back.”
Guiton also said he is “very confident.”
“I’m a outgoing guy so I’ma come in, I’ma have fun, get comfortable with the people around me, and I always tell people, once I get comfortable, just get used to me ‘cause here I go now. I got a lot of confidence, once I get comfortable around a program and everything, I’ll have some fun and show what I can do.”
Safety Christian Bryant: “Christian Bryant is a hard-working guy, dedicated, I’m a leader on the field, a lot of attributes that I can bring to a team.”
Bryant also said he thinks he has the versatility to play multiple roles on a football team.
“I can play nickel, I can play both safeties, really whatever a team needs me to play. Those would probably be the spots that they’d want me to play so I mean, I feel real comfortable about my football ability still, I still been out here working nonstop every day so nothing is really lacking.”
Safety C.J. Barnett: “I feel like I’m a leader, I feel like I’m a playmaker, great locker room guy, bring great energy and I just think that I’m a good asset to have, just on and off the field.”
Barnett said he would “take anything” in regards to what specific position he plays at the next level.
“I’m willing to work, especially on the special teams part, I love playing special teams, I understand how important special teams are,” Barnett said. “As far as safeties, I think free or strong safety, I can play either or.”
Offensive lineman Andrew Norwell: “I play tough. I like to finish. I’m just overall playing at Ohio State and being the starter for three years, that definitely helps. I got a lot of game film and they can judge it off that and my work ethic.”
Norwell, who played his final two-and-a-half seasons at OSU at left guard, said he thinks he can also play other spots on an NFL offensive line.
“I see myself being versatile, that’s what the NFL’s about, playing multiple positions. Just wherever they need me, I’ll play.”
Offensive lineman Jack Mewhort: “I’m versatile and I work.”
Mewhort was mostly short in his responses Friday, but although he spent his OSU career playing guard and tackle, he said he also thinks he has the ability to play center at the next level, a skill he worked on by snapping the ball during some of his drills at pro day.
Offensive lineman Marcus Hall: “I feel like I’m in a lot better shape and a lot of people tell me that I improved from 2012 to 2013 with the new coaches, so I feel like if I could make that big of an improvement with a great coach, then that would happen in the NFL.”