2016 NFL Draft: 6 Buckeyes Who Could Leave College Early

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Sep 26, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) lines up versus the Western Michigan Broncos at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 38-12. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Bosa JR, DE

Where do you begin with Joey Bosa? He’s already been a unanimous first team All-American and has been one of the most dominant lineman in Buckeye history. He has the potential to play in any system, though is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end in the mold of a Michael Bennett for the Seahawks or, gasp, a J.J. Watt clone that can line up all over a four-man front. Bosa is athletic enough, though, that he could play as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but that will take some time to adjust as it’s an imperfect fit. Bosa has consistently been at the very top of most draft boards and is potentially the top overall pick, which would be the first Buckeye since Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson in 1994.

Why He Goes: He’s the best Ohio State defensive prospect since Vernon Gholston, but does not have the same kind of bust potential. It would be tough to come back when all signs point to being the top overall pick.

Why He Stays: Maybe he wants to play with his brother Nick. Maybe he wants another tree in Buckeye Grove. Maybe he wants to go out a winner. Maybe, but there’s no way.

The Decision: Bosa turns pro and is taken in the top 3 picks.

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