Posey Happy To Be 'Home' For Pro Day

Former Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey had some ups and downs during Senior Bowl practice and during the NFL combine, but the Cincinnati native was happy to be back at Ohio State for Pro Day. He showed off his pass-catching skills at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

There's no place like home.

DeVier Posey is not Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz," but the former Ohio State wide receiver shared the movie character's sentiment following OSU's Pro Day.

Since the end of his collegiate career, Posey had taken part in the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL combine in February. Both trips featured so-so results Posey, so he was happy to be back in Columbus, working out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"This is my home right here," Posey said. "I put in a lot of hours on this field, a lot of sweat, blood and tears on this field."

Posey had been criticized by draft experts for drops during Senior Bowl practices and during the combine, noting that he often allowed passes to get to his body instead of nabbing them with his hands. That was not a problem during Pro Day, however, as Posey looks sure-handed and confident during drills with former West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown throwing the ball.

"I just wanted to make sure I came out and caught everything and run crisp routes," Posey said. "It went well."

Posey said he had been working with a tennis ball-throwing machine and a JUGS passing machine, catching 500 passes a day as he prepared for Pro Day. He focused on receiving drills during the event, declining to try to improve on his 4.50-second 40-yard dash time (initially hand-timed at 4.37) from the combine.

"This is the best part. It's just football," he said. "It's running routes, catching balls. I feel like I do that the best. I wanted to come out and make sure I caught everything today."

Posey was happy to get Pro Day behind him. He's ready to work out for teams and prepare for the NFL draft, which will be held April 26-28.

"It's the period at the end of the sentence," said Posey, who played only three games last season because of a pair of NCAA suspensions. "You're at home and you're comfortable. This should be your most comfortable setting. You're not at the combine. You're not at the Senior Bowl, where you're trying to adjust to a quarterback.

"I really feel like right here I wanted to put the period at the end of the sentence for this two-month period of training and workouts."

As for his pre-draft future, Posey said he is ready to sit by his phone.

"There are so many smokescreens and different strategies to this," he said. "I'm just trying to be patient and looking forward to it and making sure my phone is on so I can answer all the calls from whoever calls for workouts. We'll see how it goes."

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