Ohio State DT Dre'Mont Jones to declare for draft (and play in bowl game)

Submitted by BoFlex on December 12th, 2018 at 3:51 PM

Not that big of a surprise considering Dre'Mont Jones almost declared last year before deciding to return for his redshirt junior season. Jones is currently projected as a late 1st rounder/early 2nd rounder.

I'm grateful for any move that gives us a better chance in The Game next year.

Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones confirms that he will declare for the 2019 NFL draft, but is planning to play in the Rose Bowl.

— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) December 12, 2018

Comments

M-B Devil Dog

December 13th, 2018 at 4:11 PM ^

and you just summed up why we haven't won in 7 straight years. They think about how they can beat us and ways to beat us 364 days a year, the 1 day they aren't thinking about it they ARE beating us. They take this game more serious.  the whole why do today what you can put off till tomorrow attitude is why we had 62 points put on us. The whole freaking state needs to start thinking and worrying about how we can beat them now. 

michgoblue

December 12th, 2018 at 8:52 PM ^

Same here. I understand it from a financial / risk-reward standpoint but to me, the guys who blow off the bowl game are showing that they care more about themselves than the team. Again, I’m not really criticizing why they do it - I get it - but to me, I always look more favorably on guys who put the team above themselves.  

Heywood_Jablome

December 12th, 2018 at 3:56 PM ^

Pretty much known 2 weeks ago when he said he wasn't sure whether he would play in the Rose Bowl...that was a big clue.

He could have declared for the NFL last year, but elected to go back to school. So it was almost certain he was done after this year.

Perkis-Size Me

December 12th, 2018 at 4:43 PM ^

Whoop dee fucking doo. And if you think this gives us a better chance next year, you know that OSU probably has another  five star or really high four star waiting right behind him to take over?

They're reloading pal. 

Ali G Bomaye

December 13th, 2018 at 10:06 AM ^

There are plenty of players who are in college only because the current system forces them to take a three-year unpaid internship to have a chance at the NFL. In my opinion, that perspective is totally fair. It's pretty well established that skipping a bowl game doesn't affect NFL draft status, so if a player's perspective is that college is to get ready for a paid job, why would he take the risk of playing in the bowl game?

Real men do what's right for them, whether that's making sound financial decisions or something else.

michgoblue

December 12th, 2018 at 6:54 PM ^

I don’t get why everyone on this thread is so critical of this post. Yes, OSU almost certainly has another four star or five star ready to take his place, but all things being equal, this still weakens their team. They are better with him next year then without him. It could also hurt depth, depending who is behind their current back up. Again, yes they will definitely reload, but anything that even gives us a slight advantage I will take at this point.

MGoStrength

December 12th, 2018 at 7:53 PM ^

I'm happy anytime these go early.  Bosa, Jones, & Haskins are 3 guys that would make an impact if they returned, and all are likely gone.  However, they recruit very well and they always reload.  But, it's still newsworthy.