The mass exodus out of Columbus marches on.
Monday and Tuesday saw three more Ohio State underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft. Wide receivers Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall and cornerback Eli Apple made it eight Buckeyes sophomores and juniors that have opted to forego remaining eligibility and head to the professional ranks.
Thomas, Marshall and Apple joined five teammates who already made their intentions known: running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive end Joey Bosa, quarterback Cardale Jones, safety Tyvis Powell and linebacker Darron Lee.
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Thomas, a junior, was the Buckeyes' leading receiver this season, catching 56 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team by both coaches and the media. He finished his three-year Ohio State career with 1,602 receiving yards and 18 touchdown catches.
Marshall, a sophomore, ranked second on the team only to Elliott with 922 all-purpose yards. He gained 477 receiving yards, 379 punt-return yards, 36 kick-return yards and 30 rushing yards. He ranked second on the team with five touchdown receptions.
Apple, also a sophomore, recorded 33 tackles this season, two tackles for loss, grabbed one interception and recovered one fumble. Coaches named him a member of the All-Big Ten Second Team. Apple was a major part of a sensational Ohio State pass defense that ranked in the top 20 in the country, allowing an average of just 184.5 passing yards per game.