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Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott to leave Ohio State for 2016 NFL Draft

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Ahead of Ohio State's New Year's Day game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, Urban Meyer has revealed that he will be losing several star players to the NFL.

Cardale Jones let it be known yesterday that he would be foregoing his final year of eligibility while it was kind of an open secret that Ezekiel Elliott would also be leaving the team after two years of starring in the Buckeyes offense.

But, the future of Joey Bosa was still yet to be confirmed. However, Meyer stole the defensive end's thunder with his revelation today, via CBS Sports.


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Bosa said this week that he had made his decision, but was going to wait until after the bowl game to reveal them.

It’s not too surprising that he’s choosing to leave Columbus as many draft watchers project Bosa will be one of the first players off the board after another dominant season up front in 2015. Bosa has 50.5 tackles for losses and 26 sacks during his time at Ohio State.

Elliott’s decision is even less surprising. After Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State, Elliott said that he had played his final game at Ohio Stadium. 

Elliott ran for 1,672 yards and 19 touchdowns on 262 carries this season and is seen as potentially both a first-round pick and the first running back off the board in the draft.

Jones is a bit of a wildcard. He was exceptional as the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff last year, but was poor this season after being named starter, getting benched for J.T Barrett on multiple occasions. It will be interesting to see where he ends up playing. 

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