Browning was left off the list of prospects invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February. Then for Pro Day he was limited to non-running drills because of a minor right hamstring strain earlier in the week. Despite all this, if he was feeling down he was hiding it behind a big smile.
"There's nothing you can really do about it," Browning said. "I can only do what I can do … and take it from there."
Browning's mood was probably helped by the fact that he will have another chance to impress NFL scouts March 30. That is when former teammate Cameron Heyward, sidelined with an elbow injury, lures scouts back to Columbus for a workout.
"(Taking part in Pro Day) was definitely something I wanted to do," Browning said. "I was amped up, ready to go and looking forward to this day. I had it X'd on my calendar, but things happen.
"Fortunately I'll have another shot to get times down," Browning said. "I'm looking forward to that."
As for what the activities Browning was able to do on Pro Day, the Cleveland Glenville product said he was happy with his performance.
"I felt pretty good," he said. "I got some good numbers down in the things I did. … I did pretty well with my jumps and (bench press)."
Browning was a three-year starter at Ohio State and a player who succeeded upon moving from tackle to guard. He spent two years as the Buckeyes' starting right guard and said the guard spot is probably where he will have to play when he attempts to make it as a professional.
"I feel like I can play all positions, but I know it's basically guard because that's where I have spent most time at on the field."
Browning also added that he has worked some at center, a position he played in certain situations in high school.
The 2010 Ohio State football captain participated in the East-West Shrine game this winter and said that is where he got most of his feedback from NFL scouts. Browning said he spoke with representatives from nearly a dozen teams in Orlando but did not speak much to scouts at Pro Day.
Browning said his film shows how far he has come since coming to Columbus.
"You can definitely see how I've improved over the years and became a better and smarter player overall," Browning said. "I feel at the same time I can come out and show I'm an explosive guy that can move around well for my size."
Unsurprisingly, Browning is not overly concerned about the recent NFL labor strife. Players who are not drafted will have to wait until the owners and players settle their differences before signing free-agent deals.
"It's something I try not to worry about," Browning said. "I know things like that will definitely take care of themselves. There are other guys negotiating both sides, looking out for guys like us coming in and for their needs as well. It's totally out of my hands. Nothing I can do about it.
"The only thing I can do is focus in on myself and try to get myself prepared."