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Ohio State defensive end Chase Young announced he’s entering the NFL Draft

Chase Young and Binjimen Victor both said their goodbyes to Buckeye Nation via Twitter Friday afternoon.

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One of the greatest to ever wear scarlet and gray has officially—and unsurprisingly—entered the 2020 NFL Draft. Defensive end Chase Young announced his decision via his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

Young had 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles last season, earning him the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Award, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Bednarik Award. He is expected to be one of the first overall draft picks in April. While it’s still uncertain where he will go, most bets are on the Washington Redskins who have the second overall pick.

Young will join many former Ohio State defensive ends playing on Sundays, including Nick and Joey Bosa, Cameron Heyward, John Simon, Tyquan Lewis, and Sam Hubbard.

Young will certainly be missed next year, however the D-line will not waver with defensive end Jonathan Cooper returning for his fifth year of eligibility.

We all knew senior wide receiver Binjimen Victor was leaving us after this season, but he said his goodbyes on Friday nonetheless. In his last season as a Buckeye, the senior had 34 receptions for 545 total yards, an average of 16 yards per catch and six touchdowns.

He joins other senior wide receivers K.J. Hill and Austin Mack preparing for the draft, and with their departure, we are left in the good hands of Chris Olave, who will be Ohio State’s No. 1 wide receiver next season.

“If (Shaun Wade) is in, the ceiling is raised for a Buckeyes secondary that no longer has to replace every starter. If he’s out, the next co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach has a much tougher job heading into next season with no surefire, experienced star to anchor the unit.”

— Austin Ward, Lettermen Row

It’s unlikely that anyone was surprised when Young, Okudah, and Dobbins announced that they were leaving for the draft. Cornerback Shaun Wade’s decision, however, is still a big fat question mark.

The redshirt sophomore plans to livestream his announcement on YouTube Saturday, Jan. 4 at noon.

This one is a tough one to predict, because, like Austin Ward of Lettermen Row wrote, Wade is undoubtedly a tremendous athlete and a potential first round draft pick, but he didn’t really get the chance to prove himself as the primary cornerback with guys like Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette on the roster.

Certainly there’s a strong belief with the Buckeyes that Wade can be the top guy, and pairing him with the potential return of former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs could catapult the redshirt sophomore near the top of the draft next year. But perhaps Wade doesn’t want to take the injury risk and would be willing to start earning a check now.

So, Wade must decide if he wants to stay at Ohio State, have a breakout year, put up insane numbers as the star of Ohio State’s defense, and potentially be one of the first draft picks to go or he can play it safe and declare now, knowing he’ll be drafted but it may not be as high as he technically deserves.

There’s no doubt Ohio State would benefit significantly if he returned, and in my humble and totally unbiased would Wade.

Two former Buckeyes were named NFL All-Pros after their incredible performances this season. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward each made the All-Pro team for the second time in their careers.

Thomas was one of two unanimous selections—joining New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore— after his record-breaking season with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns. Thomas’ 80.5 percent catch rate was the highest in the league among wide receivers.

After being named first-team All-Pro in 2017, Heyward receives his second nomination after finishing this season with 83 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback hits.

While Heyward and the Steelers’ season is done, Thomas still has a chance to increase his already ridiculous stats when the Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs.