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Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard declares for NFL Draft

By The Sports Xchange
Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard declares for NFL Draft
USC quartrback Sam Darnold gets wrapped up by the Ohio State defense during the first half of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

Ohio State junior defensive end Sam Hubbard, a first-round prospect, will enter the 2018 NFL Draft, he announced Saturday morning on social media.

Hubbard, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, ended his college career in style, with 2 1/2 sacks of USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the Buckeyes' 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory Friday night.

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NFLDraftScout.com ranks Hubbard as the 32nd-best prospect for 2018, putting him at the end of the first round.

Hubbard (6-5, 265) finished the season with 13 1/2 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. He finished his Ohio State career with 29 1/2 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.

Ohio State's dominant 2017 defensive line also will lose seniors Tyquan Lewis and Jayln Holmes, but standout end Nick Bosa (16 tackles for loss, 8 1/2 sacks) will be back as a junior in 2018 to lead a still-deep unit.

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