Ninth Buckeye underclassman declares for NFL draft
Vonn Bell didn’t break the trend. The All-American completed it.
The last remaining Buckeye underclassman with an NFL decision followed in the footsteps of his eight teammates and declared for the draft.
“I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Bell said in a statement through Ohio State. “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.
“My time here has been very special to me and my family. And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.”
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He played in 42 games in his three seasons in Columbus, and was a starter the last two. His interception in the fourth quarter against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl helped the Buckeyes earn a spot in the 2014 national title game.
In 2015, he was a critical reason why the Buckeyes finished in the top 10 in total defense. Bell led the Buckeyes in passes defended en route to earning All-B1G and All-America honors.
The former five-star recruit joined fellow defensive backs Eli Apple and Tyvis Powell to declare early.
Apple, Bell, Powell along with Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones, Darron Lee, Jalin Marshall and Mike Thomas all left for the NFL with remaining eligibility. The Buckeyes’ previous record for underclassmen to the NFL was three.
Needless to say, there will be a new-look Ohio State team in 2016.