Ohio State Buckeyes

Dre’Mont Jones, Mike Weber to enter NFL Draft

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and running back Mike Weber have both announced in recent days that they’ll enter the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Jones made the official announcement on Wednesday via Twitter

Weber made his official announcement on Sunday evening

Both will play in the Rose Bowl for their final collegiate game as the Buckeyes will represent the Big Ten as the conference champions against the Pac-12 Champion Washington Huskies on New Year’s Day. 

Jones, a Cleveland native was recruited to Ohio State after only playing two years of high school football although it was at St. Ignatius, one of the best high school football programs in the state. He earned first-team all-state honors his senior season and was the top defensive line recruit in the state for the Class of 2015. 

In three seasons at Ohio State, Jones had 112 tackles (20 for a loss, 9 sacks, one forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception that he returned for a touchdown against TCU earlier this season.  

This season he earned first-team All-Big Ten after leading the Buckeyes with 40 tackles (13 for a loss), 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and an interception. 

Many have him projected as a first-round pick in what is a deep class for defensive lineman. He graduated from Ohio State on Sunday so he will be eligible for the Senior Bowl if he receives an invite. 

Weber shocked many in 2014 when the Michigan native chose to come to Ohio State over Michigan but the four-star prospect made the absolute right choice in choosing the Buckeyes. 

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Weber became the third freshman in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards joining Robert Smith and Maurice Clarett. His 1,096 yards earned him Big Ten’s freshman of the year and freshman All-American honors. 

With J.K. Dobbins arriving in 2017, Weber’s role diminished but that didn’t stop Weber from making an impact when he got his opportunties.

In 2017, Weber rushed for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns and with one game remaining in the 2018 season, Weber had 858 yards and could still reach 1,000 yards with a strong Rose Bowl performance. 

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has Weber as his ninth-ranked running back in the 2019 draft class and is projected as a mid to late round pick but his workouts and pro day could raise that stock. 

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