9:58am: In addition to confirming today that Bosa will enter the draft, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer also announced that running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Cardale Jones will be heading for the NFL, tweets Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.
9:37am: Another high-profile prospect is entering the 2016 draft, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, who tweets that Ohio State has announced that defensive end Joey Bosa will make the leap to the NFL.
Bosa, 20, is considered a candidate to be the first player to come off the board this spring, with ESPN’s Todd McShay projecting him to be selected with the No. 1 pick in his first mock draft of the year. McShay dubs Bosa “the best player in the draft,” writing that he is scheme-versatile with the ability to move inside to defensive tackle on passing downs.
Bosa recorded just five sacks this season, down from 13.5 in his sophomore year, when he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. However, Miller tweets that the Buckeyes pass rusher had 21 quarterback hits and 40 QB hurries, giving him a higher combined total than any other player Miller saw.