Ohio State center Pat Elflein is one of only two Buckeyes competing in the NFL Combine who did not declare early for the draft. Elflein returning for his senior season was incredibly important for a shockingly young offensive line and Urban Meyer stated on multiple occasions that his return was immensely valuable.
After red-shirting his freshman season at Ohio State, the former right guard first saw playing time in 2013 and earned the starting role in 2014. It was during the mass exodus following the 2015 season that left Elflein facing a decision to move over a bit and play a new role as the team’s starting center.
His senior campaign included numerous post-season awards for a position he only played for one year, including: First Team All-American, Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches/Media), and Rimington Trophy Winner. With that much success along with a lot of room for improvement, Elflein can be used several way on the offensive line at the next level.
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The Buckeye wasted no time following his final season in Columbus, quickly packing up and heading to LeCharles Bentley’s training facility in Arizona. Like Taylor Decker last year, and dozens of other players before him, Elflein is hoping to be the next first round o-line talent to train with the former NFL legend.
Weight: 303 lbs
Hands: 9 3/4”
Arms: 33 1/4”
The Buckeye took the podium Thursday and fielded some questions from the media. He was asked about his relationship with last year’s first round draft pick Taylor Decker and how the now Detroit Lion helped Elflein prepare.
“He’s been prepping me a lot for this whole experience, pretty much taking me through what’s going to happen each day. How the medical exams are going to go, how you’re always on the move and you’re going to be tired.”
Elflein went on to talk about how playing for Ohio State and competing against such top-tier talent has helped him get ready for the NFL. He’s been teammates with some of the leagues leading defenders and will have a leg up against the competition.
“That’s what you get when you go to Ohio State,” he said. “You had Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington, Johnathan Hankins, John Simon, our linebackers. Everyone is an NFL-caliber player so you go against that talent every day and I think that’s why we have a good track record of guys transitioning well to the NFL playing at a high level.”
One of the bigger selling points for Elflein is his ability to play all over the line. The Buckeye wasn’t shy in pointing that out to teams and using it to his advantage.
“Told them I have experience starting at right, left guard and center and that I’m able to play all 3 and switch around and be versatile. I feel like that’s a good marketing tool for me and so I just tell them whatever the need is I can do it and do it at a high level.”
Bench Press: 22 reps
40-yard dash: 5.32 sec.
Vertical jump: 23.5”
Broad jump: 99.0”
3 cone drill: 7.94 sec
20-yard shuttle: 4.71 sec
Elflein went into the combine as one of the top lineman prospects despite not competing in the Senior Bowl. His workout numbers ended up being on the lower end compared to the rest of his position group which could ultimately affect his draft stock. Initially considered an easy first-round pick, he could fall to the second or third round after several other lineman tested better in Indy.