Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee and safety Tyvis Powell weren’t ready to publicly announce their decisions about whether they planned to enter the NFL draft after the Fiesta Bowl on Friday, but they didn’t take long to state their intentions once they got home to Columbus.
Lee, a redshirt sophomore from New Albany, Ohio, and Powell, a redshirt junior from Bedford, Ohio, who has already graduated, announced on Twitter they will enter the draft.
“I want to thank Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Luke) Fickell as well as the rest of our coaching staff for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime that has changed my life forever,” Lee wrote Saturday. “I feel it is in my best interest to take the next step in achieving my dream.”
Lee had 66 tackles in 13 games for the Buckeyes. He started every game the last two seasons. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper ranks him seventh among draft-eligible outside linebackers.
Powell started every game the last two seasons. He had 71 tackles and three interceptions this season.
Powell wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning, “I came as a young boy with a dream,” and he’s leaving as a “grown man with a dream.”