A couple of names familiar to Lorain County and Big Ten football fans got the chance to impress their hometown team Monday.
Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle and Avon’s Ross Douglas visited Browns headquarters as part of the team’s local pro day.
They hope to be drafted in the late rounds. If not, they will likely be picked up as undrafted free agents.
The area contingent included about 40 prospects and was headlined by cornerback Denzel Ward, one of 12 former Ohio State players and an expected top-10 pick in the NFL Draft on April 26.
The annual local pro day is for players who grew up in the area or attended a local college. It doesn’t count against the NFL’s allotment of 30 predraft visits per team.
Players worked out and some visited with coaches.
Sprinkle (6-foot-3, 293 pounds) was the 2012 Golden Helmet Award winner as Lorain County’s top senior football player, and Ohio’s co-defensive player of the year in Division I.
He played defensive tackle for Ohio State, overcoming a torn patellar tendon in the 2016 opener to be named a captain and start 12 games in 2017, making 16 tackles, three for loss.
Douglas, a star on Avon’s annual playoff teams and a first-team All-Ohio selection, started his collegiate career at Michigan before graduating and transferring to Rutgers. He also switched positions, moving from running back to defensive back.
As a senior Douglas (5-10, 205) moved again, to strongside linebacker to replace an injured teammate. He started all
12 games, totaling 38 tackles and four pass breakups. He was Academic All-Big Ten.
Joining Sprinkle and Ward were Buckeyes teammates defensive end Jalyn Holmes, tight end Marcus Baugh, linebacker Chris Worley, defensive lineman Michael Hill and safeties Damon Webb and Erick Smith.