With one fell swoop, two Ohio State Buckeyes will skip their final year at OSU and take their chances at the National Football League. Monday it was announced that wide out Ted Ginn Jr. and running back Antonio Pittman will skip their senior seasons and make the jump. Ginn is already being projected as a top five pick, ahead of his Heisman Trophy winning teammate quarter Troy Smith. He is also a great punt returner, and the combo can be dangerous with the right team. Last season Ginn had a monster season for the 2nd ranked Buckeyes, catching 59 passes for 781 yards and two TD’s.
“I am excited to announce that I am making myself eligible for the National Football League draft,” Ginn said in a statement released to ESPN’s Robert Smith.”I thank Coach Tressel and all those involved within The Ohio State University football program for creating such a terrific environment for me to succeed both athletically and academically.”
As for Pittman, his statement right out spoke about him being a first day pick. He did have a big junior year, rushing for 1,233 yards and 14 TD’s in 2006. “This is a lifelong dream,” Pittman said. “I feel I’m ready to make the jump. I was pleased that the NFL said I am a first-day pick. With an excellent combine I think I could be a first-round pick.” If Pittman would have played his final year at Ohio State, he could have played that into being a 2nd or possible last first round pick, but the lure of the big cash of teh NFL was enough to get him to skip his last year.
As for the Buckeyes, it looks like after a season that ended with disaster in a loss to the National Title game will get even longer with the departure of some key players from their 2006 squad being gone for the 2007 season.