Juniors Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott and Cardale Jones will all leave Ohio State after the Fiesta Bowl and enter the NFL draft, according to Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.
“Three have already said they are going to leave: Zeke, Joey and Cardale,” Meyer said Thursday. “It’s a very good junior class, and I take my hat off to them.”
Elliott and Jones had made their plans known earlier in the season, and Bosa has hinted strongly that he intended to enter the draft, but had said earlier in the week that he wouldn’t make an announcement until his final game.
“I’m going to wait until after this game,” Bosa said Monday. “All my focus right now is on beating Notre Dame. That’s where it’s going to stay.”
The defensive end has 22 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss in his Ohio State career, and was a key member of last season’s national-championship team. Several draft experts have rated him as the No. 1 player available in the 2017 draft.
Elliott had made his plans known after Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State, and was cited for driving on a suspended license after a minor accident earlier this week. Jones has also been clear about his decision for several weeks.
Ohio State will also be losing senior quarterback/wide receiver Braxton Miller, who missed the national-championship season due to injury, but returned this year as a receiver and running back after throwing 52 touchdown passes in his first three seasons.