I noted this in the poll thread, which will be lost, but there's no way that Dobbins, Okudah, or Young come back. Also, even as a Buckeye fan, I'd tell them that heading to the NFL is the right, safe thing to do after the seasons they've had. That said, Wade is a wild card and probably the absolute most important get the coaching staff needs to nail. The others are replaceable, Wade is not:
- JK is a world-class RB, but we'll be very explosive in the passing game to make up for some of the dropoff in rushing. Also, as long as Fields gets healthy next year, the zone read will prevent defenses from keying in on Teague every run. We will miss JK's gamebreaking ability, but I trust the offensive brain trust to come up with some creative ways to get our speedy H-backs in space to take the place of that element in our O.
- Chase Young was arguably the best defensive player in the country this year, but we have a deep, talented pool of young ends waiting in the wings (Tyreke Smith, Zach Harrison, Tyler Friday) with veteran leadership in Jonathan Cooper to distribute the work. I anticipate our DL will look more like our very stout 2016 line where there was no single DE that defenses could zero in on and gameplan around.
- The only part of our returning team that keeps me up at night is our secondary. Fuller and Arnette will be out of eligibility, while Okudah would be insane not to leave this season and cement his Top-5 pick status. I was holding out hope that Wade may consider coming back to switch positions to outside CB and improve his draft stock, but with Hafley leaving, I've thrown that pipe dream out the window. Wint and Proctor have both shown themselves to be too raw to be dependable safeties yet, while Riep, Banks, and Brown have neither the experience, nor physical tools, to become true lockdown corners in Okudah's mold.
tl;dr, DL and offense will be fine next season. Defensive secondary will be shakiest part of team and needs someone to come back.