Jordan Fuller and Michael Jordan Will Have Tough Career Decisions to Make Following the Rose Bowl

By Chris Lauderback on December 23, 2018 at 10:30 am
Michael Jordan and Jordan Fuller could opt for the NFL Draft following the Rose Bowl.

A crispy pair of Jordans – center Michael Jordan and safety Jordan Fuller – will individually decide after the Rose Bowl whether they'll declare for the NFL Draft as true juniors or if they'll return to Ohio State for their senior seasons. 

Each will have to do what is best for them – which could very well mean turning pro – but there's no doubt having one or both back in Columbus next year would go a long way in bolstering the strength and leadership on Ryan Day's 2019 Buckeye squad. 

Fuller burst onto the scene in 2017 as a sophomore safety recording 70 tackles as a first-year starter replacing Malik Hooker. He led the team with 57 solo tackles and just missed becoming only the fifth safety in the last 25 years to lead Ohio State in total tackles in a single-season. And he did that while missing one full game and parts of two others due to injury. 

This season, Fuller again finds himself second on the team in stops with 72 while leading the team in solos with 53. 

At times this season, it probably seemed like Fuller wasn't quite as good as last year – and maybe he wasn't – but the reality is he had to play both safety spots while the defensive staff searched for a serviceable partner along Ohio State's back line. 

Isaiah Pryor and Jahsen Wint decisively proved they would not be the answer before Brendon White finally seized a spot next to Fuller, with a strong showing in game nine against Nebraska after Fuller was ejected for targeting. 

With Fuller able to trust his fellow safety, he was pretty damn good down the stretch, logging eight stops versus Michigan and another nine against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game. 

Fuller's efforts earned him second team All-B1G honors after snagging third-team honors the previous season, and he was also recently selected as an academic All-American for the second-straight year. 

So what will Fuller decide after the Rose Bowl? That answer seems elusive, though Fuller did smartly submit his name to the NFL's College Advisory Committee in search of some insight on his draft stock. 

On the other side of the ball, Michael Jordan moved to center this year after two stellar seasons at left guard and turned in a pretty solid effort in taking on a much tougher position to master. 

Jordan was a first-team All-B1G selection at left guard as a sophomore on the heels of a 2016 season in which he became the first Buckeye freshman to start on the offensive line since a guy named Orlando Pace did so back in 1994. 

This season, as we've seen from other Buckeyes making the switch from guard to center, Jordan had intermittent problems with shotgun snaps and obviously the entire offense had trouble getting the ground game going at various points. 

Still, Jordan was able to rack up first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated while earning a second-team nod from Walter Camp and third-team accolades from the Associated Press. 

The Canton, Michigan product hasn't dropped any hints at his plans after the trip to Pasadena, but it's fair to think he could be a middle-round selection come April. 

It's also realistic to think he could come back to Columbus as a four-year starter and further enhance his center-specific skills or even switch back to guard. If he does declare, he'd be the first Ohio State offensive lineman since Pace to leave early. 

For now, both Fuller and Jordan appear solely focused on sending Urban Meyer out a winner, but once the clock strikes zero, both will have tough decisions to make. 

Both are absolutely worthy of selection in the 2019 NFL draft, but both could also likely enhance their stock with another year of seasoning in Columbus. 

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