2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Tracking the Buckeyes

Offensive tackle Taylor Decker

Year: Senior

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 310 pounds

What stands out: A projected first- or high second-round pick, Decker wants to play left tackle in the NFL, but said he is willing to move to the right side if asked. Decker was the tallest offensive lineman measured Wednesday, but shrank from the 6-8 he was listed at OSU. “The last time I was measured at Ohio State, I was 6-7 and six-tenths. We’ve been on our feet a lot walking around, [so] maybe I compressed my spine a little bit,” he said. But there are drawbacks playing at that height. “It’s harder to get low. Football is a game of leverage and you have to bend more to get lower and have some more flexibility,” Decker said. “It’s not something I’ve struggled with mightily. At the same time, generally you’re going to have longer limbs (his measured 33¾) so you can have more leverage.” A three-year starter and senior co-captain, Decker was a consensus All-America and the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2016. In Columbus, Decker honed his game in practice against future NFL defensive linemen Joey Bosa, Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, Michael Bennett, Johnathan Hankins and John Simon. “He’s such a complete player. If you do something wrong, he’s going to expose you. He made me a lot better,” Decker said of Bosa. Now Decker is training with former OSU and Pro Bowl guard/center LeCharles Bentley at Bentley’s O-Line Performance in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We wore the same number (68). We both were Big Ten Lineman of the Year. To have somebody like that want to help me achieve my goals has been amazing,” Decker said.

— Marla Ridenour