The Ohio State Buckeyes definitely expected some players to leave school early to enter the 2023 NFL Draft this season, just as offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. announced on Tuesday afternoon. But the Buckeyes are losing one player to the draft that nobody seemed to expect – center Luke Wypler.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State center Luke Wypler announced that he would be forgoing the rest of his college eligibility and entering the NFL Draft after two seasons as the team’s starting center.
Next Chapter… pic.twitter.com/SfbZKfry2x
— Wypler (@LukeWypler) January 11, 2023
“Next Chapter,” Wypler said in his tweet announcing his NFL decision.
It’s a massive and shocking decision for the Buckeyes, and the college football world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Bit of a shock move here for Ohio State. The offensive line is going to be facing a major rebuilding project. https://t.co/hAM3lyWuix
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) January 11, 2023
“Bit of a shock move here for Ohio State. The offensive line is going to be facing a major rebuilding project,” Austin Ward of Rivals.com said in a tweet.
A bit of a surprise tonight on the Buckeye front… https://t.co/4IDNYN1Fik
— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) January 11, 2023
“A bit of a surprise tonight on the Buckeye front…” Ohio State reporter Jarod Smalley of NBC4 said in a tweet.
Ohio State's Luke Wypler will give a boost to an underwhelming senior class of centers. https://t.co/64HiGgq1zV
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 11, 2023
“Ohio State’s Luke Wypler will give a boost to an underwhelming senior class of centers,” NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic said in a tweet.
Luke Wypler declares for the NFL Draft
Huge loss for the Offense https://t.co/WbJgnAkDD9
— The Victory Bell (@VictoryBellOSU) January 11, 2023
“Huge loss for the Offense,” The Victory Bell said in a tweet.
With this news, there’s a chance that Ohio State will have to replace up to four offensive linemen heading into next season if both Dawand Jones and Matthew Jones also declare for the NFL Draft, as expected.