The WWL reports 13 OSU juniors have filed paperwork with the NFL advisory committee to help evaluate where they might be taken in next year's draft.
The thought of this used to spook much of Buckeye Nation but now most everyone realizes this is just the natural progression for a top flight athlete attending a football factory.Personally, I've always felt strongly that if a player feels they are ready and/or the committee has given favorable feedback then the player should turn pro. I'm all for loyalty and such but the bottom line is that people go to college to prepare for their future and if a player gets feedback indicating where they'll be selected and they are okay with that then you should give them your blessing.
What's important is that this year's junior crop appears focused on the task at hand, at least that's the way Malcolm Jenkins tells it:
"We took it upon ourselves to say, 'Look, we're not going to think about this, we're not going to talk about it until the time comes.' And that's after the game," Jenkins said. "We're just going to focus on this game right now."
As the article states, 25 Buckeyes have turned pro early since 1992. So what do you think? Do you have a problem with players leaving early in hopes of establishing themselves in the NFL?