Hankins, Roby Still Pondering NFL

Hankins, Roby Still Pondering NFL

Having just completed an undefeated season in Urban Meyer's first year guiding the program, the Ohio State football team will likely enter 2013 as one of the country's favorites to win the national title. The program's odds of accomplishing that feat will likely be impacted by looming NFL decisions from Bradley Roby and Johnathan Hankins.

Having just completed an undefeated season in Urban Meyer's first year guiding the program, the Ohio State football team will likely enter 2013 as one of the country's favorites to win the national title.

The odds of the Buckeyes actually accomplishing that feat could be dramatically impacted by decisions from cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, both of which are standouts with remaining eligibility currently pondering whether to return to Ohio State next season or to jump early to the NFL.

Meyer said in a recent interview that he's available to openly discuss the opportunities with the players, and Roby and Hankins both said they intend to use their head coach as a resource moving forward.

Neither player has made a final decision, though draft experts regard both as top players at their respective positions.

"I have been thinking about it, but I can't really comment on it right now," Roby told BSB. "There are a lot of things (that will go into my decision) and I don't really want to say too much about it. I am still considering both."

Hankins echoed Roby's comments.

"I have been thinking about it and I am going to talk it over with my family and the coaches and we're going to come to a decision," Hankins told BSB. "That's kind of on the back burner of things now. I am just weighing my options right now.

"Definitely coming back and playing for a national championship would be a reason to come back and to get my degree. The con, of course, is playing in the NFL, which is an honor and a great opportunity for me. Like I said, right now I am just weighing it out and thinking about it."

According to NFLDraftScout.com, Hankins is considered to be a first-round draft selection. In the site's latest mock drafts, expert Dane Brugler sees the junior defensive tackle as the No. 14 selection to the New Orleans Saints, while Rob Rang projects Hankins will be selected No. 19 overall to the Dallas Cowboys. Roby, however, wasn't included in either experts' first round.

Before the season, many believed Hankins would be a top-five draft selection after his junior season, so the defensive tackle could have something to gain by returning. However, if the first-round projections are accurate, it could be harder for him to stay another year at Ohio State.

In the case of Roby, a redshirt sophomore who isn't projected as first round selection by most draft prognosticators, there seems to be more incentive to return for another season – a chance to compete for a national championship while asserting himself as one of the top corners in college football being the top two.

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