2016 NFL Draft: 6 Buckeyes Who Could Leave College Early

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Nov 7, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers running back

Shannon Brooks

(27) tries to keep Ohio State Buckeyes safety Vonn Bell (11) from scoring after an interception at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

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Von Bell has had a spectacular season. Though a little small for an NFL safety at 5-foot-11, 205, Bell has shown great range and cover skills to go along with a willingness to bring the boom against the run. In fact, he might be as good of a tackler as Darron Lee and Joshua Perry. He’s high on draft boards, but might not get assurances that he would be a first rounder to make the jump now. Still, he is highly rated and is arguably the best safety prospect in the draft.

Why He Goes: Bell’s been an impact player for two years now and has plenty of reason to believe he could be a 1st round pick. He may slide to the second based on his size alone, but Bell’s talent is easy to see. In a passing league, a safety with cover skills is essential, boosting Bell’s stock with his single best skill.

Why He Stays: Bell is one of many potential underclassman that could make the jump. Bell might be the most talented of the group, but it all depends on how he handles the Sparty loss. Bell’s competitive nature may give him the itch to come back and leave Columbus on a higher note.

The Decision: Bell turns pro and gets picked late in the first or early second round.

Next: Darron Lee