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Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, plus tight end coaches from six teams -- were present for Ohio State's pro day on Friday.


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The workout was held indoors and run on FieldTurf.

Wide receiver Devin Smith (6-foot-0 1/2, 201 pounds) did the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Smith had a good workout, but needs to work on how he catches the football. He doesn't catch the ball real well with his hands and has a tendency to trap the ball against his body. Former Ohio State quarterback, and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith was throwing the ball during the pro-day workout.

Tight end Jeff Heuerman (6-5 /4, 253) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 and 4.83 seconds. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. He was only able to do the bench press at the combine, but he was a top performer among tight ends in the event. Heuerman's had a recurring Lisfranc problem. He had an operation last spring and then another one in August. His production on the field dipped in 2014. He had 17 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, but had 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. Prior to the foot injury, Heuerman was well-thought of as an NFL prospect.

Defensive tackle Michael Bennett (6-2 1/4, 297) ran the 40 in 4.98 and 5.03 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. He strained his right hamstring running the second 40, so he did not do the 20-yard short shuttle or three-cone drill. Bennett was outstanding in the Buckeyes' run toward the national championship last season, playing outstanding football in the final three games. If he were to play all the time at that level, he'd be a first-round draft pick.

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Cornerback Doran Grant (5-10 3/8, 199) had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the three-cone drill in 4.18 seconds and the short shuttle in 7.04 seconds. Grant was a top performer among cornerbacks in the 40-yard dash and bench press at the combine. Grant had a good workout, but needs to work on catching the ball at the high point. Grant could go as early as the third round of the draft.

Inside linebacker Curtis Grant (6-2 1/2, 240) ran the 40 in 4.65 and 4.70 seconds. He had a 36-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-5 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.15 seconds.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer runs a well-organized event, and it's a pleasure for the scouts to go to Columbus, Ohio, for the Buckeyes' pro day.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.

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