Ohio State stars Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley and Raekwon McMillan declaring for the NFL Draft was expected.
But Noah Brown? His declaration Saturday came as a bit more of a surprise.
Brown announced on Twitter his decision to forgo his remaining NCAA eligibility and enter this year's draft.
"Throughout my three years at Ohio State, God put some of the most amazing people in my life and taught me many lessons that I will never forget and will use going forward in my journey," Brown wrote. "I want to thank everyone at The Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation for the best experience I could ever ask for. However after much thought, prayer and conversation with my loved ones I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next level and chase my dreams. I have decided to forgo my remaining years of eligibility and will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft."
Brown ranked second on the Buckeyes this season with 402 receiving yards and caught seven touchdown passes, though the majority of his production came in one game. He caught five balls for 72 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State's win at Oklahoma in September. Take out that one game, and his season stats look like this: 27 catches, 330 yards and three touchdowns. He caught just two more touchdown passes the rest of the season, including the game-winner in overtime to beat Wisconsin.
Still, his 2016 output is hardly the kind of stat line that screams NFL Draft prospect.
Still, Brown was a four-star recruit, rated the No. 9 receiver in the Class of 2014. He missed the entirety of the 2015 season after suffering a leg injury during preseason practice.