Wide Receiver Jalin Marshall to Forgo Remaining Eligibility, Leave Ohio State Early in Favor of 2016 NFL Draft

By Eric Seger on January 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm
Jalin Marshall will leave Ohio State early and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jalin Marshall will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, the Ohio State wide receiver announced Monday on his Twitter account.

Marshall, a redshirt sophomore, grew into his team's best threat at the hybrid position within Urban Meyer's spread offense during its run at the 2014 College Football Playoff national championship. He became a favorite target down the field for quarterback Cardale Jones as the Buckeyes defeated Alabama and Oregon to win the title.

Marshall's numbers dropped in 2015 with the addition of ex-quarterback Braxton Miller to the H-back position of the depth chart. He finished his final year at Ohio State with 36 catches, 477 yards and five touchdowns. Marshall's best game came at home against Indiana last year, where he scored four consecutive touchdowns — one on a punt return — to lead the Buckeyes over a game Hoosier squad, 42-27.

Marshall becomes the seventh Ohio State underclassmen to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft. Cornerback Eli Apple declared earlier Monday and the two joined quarterback Cardale Jones, running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Darron Lee, defensive end Joey Bosa and safety Tyvis Powell.

The 2016 NFL Draft is set to begin April 28 in Chicago.

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