Ohio State Buckeyes star safety Tyvis Powell has decided to make the leap and enter the 2016 NFL Draft and forgo his senior season.

Ohio State S Tyvis Powell declares for 2016 NFL Draft

Tyvis Powell and the Ohio State Buckeyes handled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Fiesta Bowl and many upperclassmen have been deciding to leave for the 2016 NFL Draft. Powell was not originally expected to enter, but he has reportedly made the decision to make the jump. He will be missed in a big way and the Buckeyes’ defense will take a hit at the safety position next season.

Powell took to his personal Twitter account to announce his decision to enter the draft with a nice note to Ohio State, his coaches and teammates.

It's been a pleasure… pic.twitter.com/Upgu5LhI01

— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) January 3, 2016

Cardale Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa and Darron Lee are all stars for the Buckeyes that have made the decision to make the jump into the NFL Draft.

Looking back at this past season, Powell put up excellent numbers and has given himself a good chance to be an early round draft pick. He racked up 71 tackles, three interceptions and three defensed passes. Those numbers make him one of the top safety prospects available and there are many teams that could use an upgrade or depth at the safety position.

Ohio State seems to churn out a lot of NFL talent each and every season. Urban Meyer is one of the best head coaches at developing young talent, as well as recruiting it. That will continue moving forward and the Buckeyes have a few players looking ahead to next offseason that could make the jump to the draft.

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