Combine: Williams, Hankins, Simon

We caught up with three of Ohio State’s outgoing stars on Saturday at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.

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We had a chance to conduct interviews with defensive linemen Johnathan Hankins, John Simon and Nathan Williams.

Hankins measured in at 6-3 and 320 pounds. In our video interview segment, Hankins talks about his decision to leave OSU a year early and enter the draft. He also talks about his time at OSU and much more.

In three years at OSU, Hankins had 138 tackles, 16-1/2 tackles-for-loss and five sacks.

According to nfldraftscout.com, Hankins is rated as the No. 5 defensive prospect in the draft. He currently ranks as a first-round pick in their ratings. Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide has Hankins as the No. 1 4-3 scheme defensive tackle and as a first-round selection.

Simon, who measured at 6-1 and 257 pounds, revealed that he underwent shoulder surgery in early February after he had to pull out of the Senior Bowl after two practices.

“My body is feeling good,” Simon said. “The shoulder injury was from week two of the season. I just had to get it fixed. I never got it fixed. I thought I could go one more game with it, but that wasn’t the case.

“I won’t be doing any workouts here. Just interviews and medical tests.”

He will not be able to lift for scouts here in Indianapolis. Known as a workout warrior, Simon believes he could do “high 40s” in the 225-pound bench if he is healthy. He is hopeful of doing some workouts at OSU’s March 8 pro day. If that doesn’t happen, he said he would hold his own pro day later on.

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There is also debate whether Simon will fit in as a defensive end or linebacker at the NFL level.

“I feel like I am a pretty fast guy,” he said. “Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will be able to show that in some agility and speed drills. All they can do is come and see me do that. If I don’t show it in film or in drills then I’m not that fast.”

Simon started in 37 of his 50 appearances at OSU, although he missed the Michigan game as a senior due to a bursa sack injury. He was the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a senior as he had 45 tackles, 14-1/2 TFLs and nine sacks. In his career, he had 155 tackles, 43 TFLs and 20-1/2 sacks.

According to nfldraftscout.com, Simon is rated as the No. 9 defensive end prospect in the draft. He currently ranks as a second- or third-round pick in their ratings. Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide has Simon as the No. 2 left outside linebacker prospect in a 3-4 scheme and as either a fourth- or fifth-round selection.

Williams measured in at 6-3, 241 pounds. He came back from a serious knee injury that cost him all but one game of the 2011 season.

He played in 10 games as a senior with 40 tackles, 3-1/2 TFLs and two sacks. In his career, he played in 45 games with 20 starts. He had 132 tackles, 25 TFLs and 12 sacks.

According to nfldraftscout.com, Williams is rated as the No. 30 outside linebacker prospect in the draft. He currently ranks as a seventh-round pick in their ratings. Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide has Williams as the No. 1 wideside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme and as either a fourth- or fifth-round selection.

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* There are seven Ohio State players at the combine through early next week. Besides these three defensive linemen, they were joined by OT Reid Fragel, TE Jake Stoneburner, LB Etienne Sabino and FB-LB Zach Boren.

* Stoneburner and Fragel were on the field for workouts today. Boren will work out tomorrow and the rest will work out on Monday.

Fragel, at 6-8, 308 pounds, was timed at 5.14 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is middle of the pack for tackle prospects at the combine. He was one of the top performers in 225-pound bench (33 reps, good for fourth in the tackle group), vertical leap (30 inches) and broad jump (113 inches).

Stoneburner, at 6-3, 252 pounds, ran the third-fastest 40-yard time for tight ends at 4.65 seconds. He also had 18 reps on the bench, a 34-1/2 vertical leap, 116-inch broad jump and a time of 4.27 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

* Click here for our interview with Fragel.

Click here for our interview with Stoneburner.

Click here for our interview with Boren.

Click here for our coverage of the combine with interviews with over 20 draft prospects.

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