Pro Football Focus lists Ohio State as one of teams most hurt by early departures
Outstanding junior and redshirt sophomore talents leave collegiate rosters for the NFL Draft each and every off-season.
For Ohio State, the 2017 NFL Draft will be no different. In 2016, a record-setting 10 players were selected in the first three rounds. This year may not hit 10, but six underclassmen have declared for the upcoming draft.
According to Pro Football Focus, the top team on its list of teams hurt by these early departures heading into next season is Ohio State.
“One year removed from a record-setting draft class, Ohio State is once again set to be a major supplier of talent to the NFL, with six underclassmen declaring for the draft,” said PFF’s Kevin Connaghan. “In Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, the Buckeyes lose their two leading receivers, with Samuel being the tougher to replace. A hybrid runner/receiver, Samuel was the most dynamic player on the Buckeyes roster. On defense, Raekwon McMillan has been excellent, but it is the departure of three members of the secondary that really hurts.”
Connaghan then went on to talk about two cornerbacks and another safety leaving the Buckeyes early for the NFL in Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Malik Hooker. The talent in the secondary leaving Columbus will surely be missed, but if there is a team that can reload year after year, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are one of the very few.
Two of the other five teams on PFF’s were also found in this past season’s College Football Playoff – Washington and Clemson.
Pro Football Focus’ full article can be read here.