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4 Ohio State seniors invited to 2015 NFL Draft Combine
By James Vogel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After playing big parts in Ohio State’s run at the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship, a quartet of Buckeyes have received invitations to showcase their talents in front of scouts prior to the 2015 NFL Draft.

Seniors Michael Bennett, Doran Grant, Jeff Heuerman and Devin Smith have been invited to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, the league announced Friday afternoon. The combine is held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from Feb. 17-23, the place where the four played huge parts in Ohio State’s 59-0 drubbing of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 6.

Bennett finished his senior campaign with 41 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks and forced three fumbles in Ohio State’s championship run. He really came on at the end of the season, causing head coach Urban Meyer to talk highly often of his abilities not only on the field, but off it as a team captain.

Also a team captain, Heuerman snagged 17 pass for 207 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 as he battled foot and ankle injuries. More known for his prowess as a blocker in the edge running game, the tight end was regarded by Meyer as one of the team’s leaders by season’s end. He was one of a handful of players Meyer chose to speak to the Ohio Stadium crowd during the team’s National Championship celebration Jan. 24.

Grant, a captain just like Heuerman and Bennett, finished with 63 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups in 2014. He often shadowed the opposition’s best wide receiver and impressed scouts at senior bowl practices two weeks ago in Mobile, Ala., before having to sit out the game because of a chipped bone in his hand.

Smith caught 33 passes for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final year as a Buckeye, excelling late in the season when big-armed quarterback Cardale Jones became the starter. The 28.2 yards per reception average was the best in the country and led to both Meyer and former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom Herman to call him the “best deep-ball receiver in America.” His speed was also vital on special teams, where he often downed punts deep in opponent’s territory.

The 2015 NFL Draft is set to be held April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

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