NFL Draft

Ohio State’s Michael Jordan declares for NFL Draft

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Ohio State offensive lineman Michael Jordan announced on Friday that he will forgo his senior season to enter the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.

Jordan had a successful three-year run as a starter on the Buckeyes offensive line where he collected many accolades and was a part of the team success winning two Big Ten Championships, the 2018 Cotton Bowl and the 2019 Rose Bowl.

A four-star prospect out of Canton, Michigan, Jordan was one of the top offensive line prospects in the class of 2015.

He enrolled into Ohio State early and by the time the 2016 season began, he was the starting right guard and the first true freshman to start on the Buckeyes offensive line since Orlando Pace in 1994.

He started in all 13 games and helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in rushing with over 245 yards per game and was selected as a Freshman All-American.

In 2017, Jordan once again started in every game and even won offensive player of the game for his effort against Illinois while helping the Buckeyes to their third straight season of leading the conference in rushing (243.2 yards per game). The coaches of the conference voted him first-team All-Big Ten for the season.

With Billy Price graduating and moving on to the NFL, Jordan slid over to the center position for the 2018 season and he continued to dominate up front.

The Buckeyes had the #1 ranked offense in the Big Ten averaging 536 yards and 42.4 points per game. Their rushing attack (#7 in Big Ten at 171.3 yards per game) wasn’t as dominant as years past but the passing attack (#1 in Big Ten at 364.3 yards per game) was led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Jordan earned first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated and second-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

He is currently ranked #3 in terms of center prospects by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. for the 2019 NFL Draft and some have him pegged as a second to third round pick as things stand now.

Once he is drafted, he’ll become the third center in as many years from Ohio State to be drafted. Pat Elflein was a third-round pick by the Vikings in 2017 and Billy Price was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2018.

He also has signed with one of the best agents in sports in Drew Rosenhaus.

 

 

 

 

 

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