And then there were nine.
“I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Bell said in a statement through Ohio State, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.
“My time here has been very special to me and my family. And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.”
Bell played in 42 games and spent the past two seasons as a starter. This season he collected 65 tackles, two passes defended and consensus First Team All-America honors.
The full list of departing Buckeyes stands (as of this writing) at: Thomas, Bell, running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Cardale Jones, defensive back Eli Apple, defensive back Tyvis Powell, linebacker Darron Lee, wide receiver Jalin Marshall and defensive lineman Joey Bosa.
That, uh, a lot.