Eight former Ohio State football players are participating in the National Football League’s Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Donald Washington, linebackers James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman, receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline, running back Chris “Beanie” Wells and offensive lineman Alex Boone are the Buckeyes participating this weekend.

The players are selected by invitation, and divided into workout groups according to position. Each group undergoes four days of examinations, tests and workouts. Each group spends three days in medical and physical examinations and interviews with NFL teams. On-field workouts begin Friday for the kickers, followed by the offensive linemen (Saturday), quarterbacks, receivers and runnings backs (Sunday), defensive linemen and linebackers (Monday) and defensive backs (Tuesday). Many of those drills will be televised on the NFL Network.

With eight players invited to the NFL Combine, Ohio State ranks third nationally behind Southern Cal (11) and LSU (9). Georgia, Oklahoma and Penn State also have eight players participating in the combine this weekend.