Ohio State Football: These two Buckeyes should stay in 2024

The Ohio State football program will have a ton of turnover for next season, but these two players should stay in Columbus for 2024.
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) makes a
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (2) makes a / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State football team is busy preparing to play Missouri in the Cotton Bowl in couple of weeks. A few players have announced that they will indeed be playing in the game, which will be great to see. But others are undecided about both the bowl game and sticking around next season.

Two players that are currently deciding between the NFL and another season in Columbus are running back TreVeyon Henderson and wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. I think both should stay for one more year.

When considering whether or not the enter the NFL Draft, I have always been a proponent of letting the kids take the security of NFL money. They only have so many reps and plays in them before their bodies start breaking down. But when it comes to these two players, they need to prove that they can actually stay healthy for a full season before moving on.

When it comes to Henderson, he's an elite talent. I think he has all the makings of a very quality NFL running back. But, especially in the NFL, your best ability is your availability and Henderson has been anything but, missing multiple games the past two seasons. Henderson is someone who very likely would slip in the draft due to his injury history. If he can come back to Columbus next season, handle the load while staying healthy, he very likely could be a back-end of the first round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft.

When it comes to Egbuka, much of the same applies. He was banged up all season, and when on the field he did not look like the 2022 version of himself who dominated in the slot. Like Henderson, Egbuka has an elite skill set that can translate to the NFL, but he was not able to apply it last season. If he can come back next year, be the true number one receiver for the Buckeyes and put-up big states, then Egbuka would be a lock to go in the first round of the '25 Draft.

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Plus, it would be a monster win for Ryan Day and this Buckeye offense. These two players would help tremendously in determining the fate of how next season goes for that Ohio State football team. Hopefully, they decide to stick around, for all parties involved.