COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State junior defensive end Dre’Mont Jones announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving Ohio State after the Rose Bowl to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
This move comes as a surprise to absolutely no one as many thought Jones would enter the draft after last season but elected to come back for a fourth year.
That extra year did wonders for Jones as he racked up 8.5 sacks in the 2018 season as well as 13 tackles for loss and 40 total tackles. He also had an interception, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
Due to his successful 2018 season, Jones is projected in a majority of mock drafts as a first-round pick, some even having him selected in the top five of the draft.
Dre’Mont Jones is the second Buckeye this season to officially declare for the NFL Draft, joining Nick Bosa who declared for the draft midway through the season after suffering an injury in just the third game of the season.
Jones did make it clear though that he would be playing in the Rose Bowl Game for Urban Meyer’s final game as a head coach.
Jones later confirmed on Twitter once again that he would be declaring for the NFL Draft but playing in the Rose Bowl, stating that he has to finish what his brothers and he started.
Ohio State will take on Washington in the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day in what will be both Dre’Mont Jones’s and Urban Meyer’s final game with Ohio State.
Be sure to follow Buckeye Beat Report for more news and content on your Ohio State Buckeyes!