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Jets' Todd Bowles attends Ohio State pro day, looking for DBs

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Marshon Lattimore could be a shutdown corner (0:33)

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Marshon Lattimore, a cornerback from Ohio State, has the skills to match up with top receivers in the NFL. (0:33)

One of the hot spots on the NFL draft scouting trail is Ohio State, which has produced a ton of pro talent over the years. Not surprisingly, the New York Jets' top football men -- general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles -- were among the crowd Thursday at the Ohio State pro day, according to the NFL Network.

The Buckeyes have two players who could intrigue the Jets with the No. 6 overall pick: cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker, both of whom would fill a pressing need. Cornerback Gareon Conley also is projected as a first-rounder, according to Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft.

Bowles is overhauling his secondary and needs an impact player. He cut Darrelle Revis and signed Morris Claiborne as a one-year Band-Aid, but there's still much work to be done.,

Hooker is not expected to work out at the pro day because he's recovering from two surgeries -- sports hernia and shoulder (labrum). Talent evaluators say it shouldn't affect his draft stock.

This is a big day for Lattimore, who has a history of hamstring injuries and reportedly tweaked a hamstring at the scouting combine. He also blazed the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the combine, confirming his elite athleticism.

Maccagnan likes picking Ohio State players. In fact, two of his three highest-drafted players are former Buckeyes: linebacker Darron Lee (first round, 2016) and wide receiver Devin Smith (second round, 2015).