Former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward opted to sit out the Cotton Bowl in effort to preserve his likely top-10 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Speaking at the combine in Indianapolis, Ward said things would have been different had Ohio State made the playoffs.
From Lantern reporter Colin Hass-Hill:
Denzel Ward says he would have played in the bowl if Ohio State had made the College Football Playoff.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) March 4, 2018
This could prove to be the future baseline for players making the same decision.