The dust has settled from the Super Bowl and the National Football League’s 2023-2024 league year officially begins on March 15.
Before that happens, the NFL Scouting Combine began on Monday with orientation and team interviews for potential draftees.
BetOhio.com – your home for Ohio sportsbooks information - used NFL.com to calculate which states had the highest representation at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. Numbers were calculated based on the location of each attending athlete’s university. Out of the 319 attendees, 39 states were represented.
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Athletes by State at 2023 NFL Combine
So, where does Ohio rank?
Certainly, the rise of University of Cincinnati football (under now-Wisconsin head coach Luke Fickell) helped Ohio shoot up to a tie for No. 5 in terms of state representation at the NFL Scouting Combine. Texas and Alabama were 1-2.
Ohio’s 14 players attending the combine come from just two schools: Ohio State and Cincinnati.
The Buckeyes, who were a missed field goal away from a trip to last year’s national title game, have eight players making the short drive west to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The scarlet and gray’s cast of potential draft picks is headlined by quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is projected to be one of the top picks in the draft. He is the second favorite (+360) behind Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (-160) to go No. 1 overall, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. You can find a DraftKings Ohio promo code, along with those of other operators, on this site.
Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba, another Buckeye in Indianapolis, is +360 to be the first wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft and should go in the first round. Ohio State offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (tackle) is another projected first-round pick.
The UC Bearcats’ group of six combine attendees is headlined by pass-catchers. Cincinnati has a pair of tight ends and wide receivers going to Indianapolis.
The Bearcats do not have any projected first-rounders, but wide receiver Tyler Scott is ranked by CBSSports as WR9 and tight end Josh Whyle is TE8. Linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. was the first Cincinnati Bearcats player to be voted a unanimous All-American last season and is climbing draft charts after an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl in February.
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