Watching a bevy of players declare for the NFL Draft every year is nothing new for a program filled with pro-caliber talent like Ohio State, but this year is already shaping up to be a tough one in Columbus.
As if losing the program's most critical asset in head coach Urban Meyer to retirement wasn't enough, offensive lineman Michael Jordan has now joined DT Dre'Mont Jones, RB Mike Weber, and DE Nick Bosa on a list of Buckeyes who have declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Bit of a surprise but OL Michael Jordan leaving Ohio State for NFL. Played well as a sophomore at guard but switched to center last season. At 6-7, looks more natural further outside.— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) January 4, 2019
Underclassmen declaration list now at 86 and growing. Keep track here: https://t.co/FhgbECcjFU https://t.co/qjrBBQm8CH
Jordan's intention to forgo the rest of his time in Columbus came as somewhat of a surprise to many. His decision is simply yet another notch on this year's Ohio State roster losing talent to the NFL.
Michael Jordan is the first Ohio State offensive lineman to leave for the NFL after three years since Orlando Pace in 1997. That said, he was also the first offensive lineman to start his first game as a true freshman since Pace and he started every game for the past three years.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) January 4, 2019
Perhaps, the most important announcement yet to be made in Columbus is that of Ohio State star QB Dwayne Haskins, who is still on the fence about his future with the Buckeyes. Haskins is projected to be one of the top QB prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft class if he goes.
If Haskins decides to leave Ohio State, it would also bump the grand total of Ohio State players that have declared for this year's draft up to five.
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