Ohio State says goodbye to a future pro bowl player in linebacker Jerome Baker. On Monday he announced his intentions to declare for the draft this year. This is a blow to the team's defense as Baker was a pivotal leader in the defensive box.
After already hearing that Denzel Ward and Sam Hubbard were declaring for the draft Ohio State fans are sad to hear about losing another great player from their team. The departure is bittersweet for both sides after Baker posted a tweet thanking the Buckeye fans for all the love and support, and he hoped to have success at the next level.
This season was a good season for the young man with 72 total tackles and 7 sacks. A stellar performance in the Cotton Bowl will help boost his draft stock when added into his great body of work through college. The year before he had 83 tackles and 2 picks that came in really big games. This along with the record breaking 16 tackle championship game he played against Wisconsin are just a couple of highlights in a fantastic college career.
It can be sure whomever ends up with the six foot one inch Baker will end up with a steal of a draft pick. He will be a tackling machine and a team leader in the future.
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NFL Draft Update
Baker entered the 2018 NFL draft after a great career at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes in tackles (72) in 2017 including career highlights of 7 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round, 73 pick overall.