The NFL’s top five combine the wide jump performances of Ohio State players of all time

The 2022 NFL scouting combine took place in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it still provides a unique and stressful showcase for future NFL players. The combine is usually the most important part of the pre-draft process for many NFL prospects and is the most important job interview these young men can have in their lives.

Any seasoned NFL scout will tell you that the combine isn’t the end and is just part of the process, but fans love the idea of ​​the underwear Olympics and seeing some of these athletes monsters perform insane feats in the bench press, shuttle run, 40 meter dash, vertical jump and long jump.

Here are the top five wide jump performances by former Ohio State football players. We only track NFL combine numbers not pro days and only numbers since the NFL combine moved to Indianapolis in 1987.

More performance from Buckeye’s Best NFL Combine: Bench Press, Shuttle bus, 40 yard dash, vertical jump


Robert Smith, 134 inches

September 29, 1990; Columbus, Ohio, USA; FILE PICTURE; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Robert Smith (32) in action against the Southern California Trojans at Ohio Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year had an incredible career at Ohio State and had an equally impressive performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, as evidenced by his 134-inch wide jump. He was selected with the No. 21 pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

Donald Washington, 135 inches

September 20, 2008; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Donald Washington (20) in action against the Troy Trojans at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes beat the Trojans 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Washington once made one of the other “best of” combines lists and his abnormal athleticism was evident at Ohio State. He probably should have stayed that extra year, but regardless, he said and had a great combine that included a 135-inch wide jump. Washington was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Parris Campbell, 135 inches

January 1, 2019; Pasadena, California, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) celebrates after catching a touchdown with wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) in the first quarter against the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Parris Campbell was an all-out beast at Ohio State, being named All-Big Ten three times. It was explosive at the combine as expected and evidenced by its 135-inch wide jump. Campbell was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Jeff Okudah, 135 inches

Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah celebrates a third save during the second quarter of the NCAA football game against the Wisconsin Badgers. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Jeff Okudah is one of the best cornering in Ohio State history and was an All-American in 2019. He was excellent at the combine, as evidenced by his 135-inch wide jump that has helped lead to the third overall selection by the Detroit Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Denzel Ward, 136 inches

December 2, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Ward (12) intercepts a pass intended for Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli (81) in the first quarter of the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

Denzel Ward has the most impressive long jump of any former Buckeye in combine history with 136 inches in 2018. The former All-American was selected fourth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.







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