2. Almost half of Ohio State’s early entries (26) have come since 2013.
No one left early in 2012, the spring after Urban Meyer was named the head coach of the Buckeyes, but 3.7 players per year have made the leap since.
Coach John Cooper lost 14 players early to the NFL, including Nate Clements and Ryan Pickett after Cooper was fired in January 2001. Jim Tressel replaced Cooper and had 13 early entries from the drafts of 2002-11. (That does not count Terrelle Pryor, who entered the supplemental draft after Tressel was forced out in May 2011.)
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Chase Young and Jeffrey Okudah are expected to make that 11 in April while J.K. Dobbins could continue another trend.
5. Non-first round picks going pro early has become more common in the past few years.
From ’92-2001, Ohio State had 14 players leave early and only two (linebacker Lorenzo Styles and Na’il Diggs) were not taken in the first round.
From 2002-10, the latter number tripled as running back Maurice Clarett and cornerbacks Derek Ross and Ashton Youboty went in the third round while linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, receiver Brian Hartline and cornerback Donald Washington were fourth-round picks.
Since ‘11, 15 of Ohio State’s early entries have not been first-round picks. That group includes Tyvis Powell and Jalin Marshall, who were not drafted at all but made the NFL as free agents.
6. Defensive backs have been the most likely to leave early.
A dozen Ohio State cornerbacks have left early (Okudah makes 13) with Denzel Ward, Gareon Conley, Eli Apple, Bradley Roby, Chris Gamble, Clements and Shawn Springs all being first-round picks.