Meyer Confirms Roby Headed to the NFL; Shazier and Miller Mum
by Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was first announced earlier in the spring by Bradley Roby himself, but on Wednesday Urban Meyer confirmed what everybody already knew – Roby will be entering the NFL draft after this season.
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“We talked,” Meyer said. “He's going to move on. That's all you ask. You don't ask for five years nowadays. It's no secret. I think it's great for him and great for Ohio State.”
Roby, who contemplated leaving for the NFL after last season, and attributed some of his early-season struggles to thinking too much about the NFL, has been projected as a first-round pick, though some of those projections have diminished a bit this season.
Roby isn't the only junior on the Buckeye football team who has a decision to make about the NFL, as both Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller will eventually have to address the issue as well. Both players were asked about their future on Wednesday, and neither were interested in talking about it.
“Who me? I ain't talking about that,” Miller laughed after being asked if Saturday will be his last game in Ohio Stadium.
“No, I haven't thought about it at all,” he added. “I had that early injury, so I don't know. I'm trying to get better for myself and my team and win some games.”
Miller said that on a scale of 1-10, his desire to win a national championship is a 15. When asked if the Buckeyes don't get a shot at a national title this season, would it be enough of an incentive to return for his senior season, he laughed again and said, “I can't talk about that.”
Shazier, a leading candidate for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, gave a similar answer.
“I'm not thinking about that right now,” he said. “I'm thinking about Indiana. I'm not even thinking about that type of stuff.”
Shazier is projected as high as a first or second-round pick, while Miller is thought to better serve himself by returning for his senior season.
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